The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas

Every year the excitement of the holidays rolls around and we get excited about being with family, friends, and exchanging gifts.  For some families the holidays don’t bring joy, it can bring despair to families who may not have the means to give their children gifts from Santa. It could be that the sole bread winner in the family has recently lost a job, or maybe poor health has kept them from working. Maybe its a young single mom who’s working for minimum wage. Whatever the case maybe it’s also the time of year that many open their hearts as well as their wallets to help give back to those less fortunate.  Groups and organizations work together within the community to help those in need. We are blessed locally to have the Santa Bus, started over 47 years ago by Bobby Morrison. Bobby passed away earlier this year, but his wife Ann “Snookie” Morrison has insured that the Santa Bus lives on, with a team of volunteers the Santa bus was once again filled with toys to be handed out to the less fortunate. Today is Christmas Eve…The Santa bus is on the road this morning. Bless those volunteers and bless Ann “Snookie” Morrison for carrying on this amazing gift to those less fortunate in LaRue County.

For those of you who participated in my toy collection for pictures with Santa, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. For everyone who dropped off gently used toys and bikes, or dontated money to the volunteers to help get more toys for this years Santa bus bless you all and Merry Christmas. Operation Santa bus along with Santa and a whole line of cars just made its way past my studio on its way to the first stop. There were over 12 cars heading out towards Magnolia Fire Dept, for the first stop today. By the end of the day this bus filled with toys will have been emptied and given to children and families in need. I cried as I watched the bus pass this morning. It was so moving to see the spirit of Christmas alive and well. After all it’s a season of giving, it makes me proud to call LaRue County home.

Merry Christmas Everyone

More on the Santa Bus

 

During Lunch with my husband we were honored to see Ann “Snookie” Morrison and all the Santa Bus Volunteers at Lee’s taking a short break for lunch.

Santa Bus Volunteers stop to take a short break for lunch

Santa Bus Volunteers stop to take a short break for lunch

 

The spirit of Christmas, the season of giving, Santa Bus delivers toys to children and families who are less fortunate

The spirit of Christmas, the season of giving, Santa Bus delivers toys to children and families who are less fortunate

Creating Memories

This is the time of year that families spend time together. Whether its for a holiday meal, or just an afternoon of exchanging gifts. Its a time we come together and spend time with one another, reflecting on our blessings. Sometimes its the only time we may see some family members, and sometimes sadly it may be the last time we spend a holiday together with some of our family members. So as you gather together this holiday season don’t forget to take photos with your loved ones, even if its just your cell phone, or if you have a small point and shoot camera. Capture those special moments with one another to pass on to the next generation. But don’t stop there, get those images printed even ones off a cell phone can be printed to a decent 5×7 or 8×10 in some cases, but 4×6’s will still be cherished in the years to come when we look back at Holiday’s past.  Technology today is awesome but sometime timeless prints out weigh a crashed cell computer, or a cell phone that has become outdated. So get those precious memories printed, shared, and off those camera’s and iphones, and ipads. Prints from years and years ago are still around today, but those old rotary dialed phones are few and far between and they didn’t take photos.

I also want to remind you it only takes a moment to brighten someone’s day, the holidays are not always a happy time for everyone, some have no one to share it with, others may have memories from past holidays that bring sadness, or depression. Take a moment to offer a smile, a hug, a word of encouragement to someone who’s holiday may need to be brightened this time of year.

My parents are both gone, along with my step mom who was mom to me for as long as I can remember. I miss them all dearly especially this time of year. I especially missed my step mom yesterday as I backed cookies to share with others yesterday, she loved to bake and cook especially this time of year. So as I made my cookies yesterday I thought about her, and my dad, and reflected on how much life has changed the past few years.  I’m a memaw now with 5 amazing grand children and I hope that one day when they get older that they will look back at the memories that we have made and remember them not just as memories but with pictures that we take a long the way.

Merry Christmas to one and all. and start Creating Memories.

Melaniemy babies