Christmas 2012

Well I finally feel like it’s  Christmas time. The Tree is up, the carols are playing in the background, Christmas gifts are being wrapped, and Family gatherings have begun. This past weekend we spent two wonderful days with family. Good food, good people,good news and great memories.

As I have gotten older, I really cherish that part of Christmas. The gathering’s, the family traditions, the giving. Yes, I really enjoy finding a great gift and giving more then receiving. I am in the process of trying to teach my eldest daughter just that. And I am also learning that giving does not mean spending lots of money. Sometimes a simple homemade gift or baking is just as nice, if not better, cause it was made with love.  Giving of our time is also a wonderful thing, like some of my family did last week. We helped sort Shoeboxes at the Wearhouse in Calgary for Samaritan’s Purse. Giving our time to this charity felt wonderful, it certainly helped put me in the Christmas mood.

This Christmas will be a first for our baby boy, so that’s always exciting. This year we get to share the joy with our growing family and Christmas with kids is very joyful. It’s the joy in their eyes I look forward to on Christmas morning. Being able to spend the day with my Family, just like I did with my own family as a kid,  means so much to me and this year is special again. I hope that I can pass on the importance of family to my own children.

Now I’ll admit that this time of year brings some stress too. Busy-ness, Sickness, Finances, End of the year just to name a few. Busy-nes; Trying to fit everything in, visiting and shopping, baking, decorating etc… can get a bit hectic. So trying to slow things down and enjoy the moments helps. This year for us seems more relaxed and I will enjoy that I think. It will allow us to think about what Christmas is really all about and try to bring that out more. Sickness; Winter is flu season, and our house has had it twice. It’s hard to get things done when you are tired and cant stop sneezing from that silly cold. My Poor Husband.  Finances; I don’t think I need to say much about this one, but that every year I try to spend less on gifts. Still it can be a stressful time on your bank account. End of Year; Christmas means the year is almost done, and a new one around the corner. Sometimes that is good, sometimes it is bad. I lately have been thinking about all the things that didn’t get done this year, and how nice it would be to do one more project before 2013 rolls around. Oh well, so instead I’ll focus on Christmas 2012. For the next two weeks, I’m going to go easy on my self, do what I can, and just enjoy what the season has to bring.  Family Dinners, visit’s with friends, parties and Christmas Concerts. It’s going to be a wonderful Christmas season.

Plus, I’ve perfected my crockpot yam recipe, and my mom has requested it for Family Christmas. That’s really neat. Boy I’ve come along way this year. Here’s to a Merry Christmas to everyone and to growth and Joy in 2013.  May God bless your home and your heart. From all of Us here at the Duquette house.

Vanna White & More

There are very few people who don’t know what you mean when you say, ” We need you to be Vanna.” We all automatically think parading around, showing off items with grace and a big smile. Well last night I did my best and played the role of Vanna for my daughters Playschool Fundraiser, and you know I liked it!

I’ll admit, I’m no stranger to being in front of a crowd people singing, acting, speaking, and this is not the first time I’ve played Vanna, but last night was really fun. I did my hair, found a sparkly shirt and put on my biggest brightest smile. By the end of the night I was feeling pretty good about my- self, I was a FANTASTIC Vanna! But come on now the night wasn’t about me,  It was about our local playschool! This is the first year we have been  involved with the playschool fundraiser and it was a great evening. We had some laughs, got some great bargains, ate yummy goodies, AND raised an amazing amount of Money for the playschool. It was also the first festive evening I have attended this year, and you know,  it really helped put me into the Christmas Spirit.

Speaking of Christmas Spirit, I am even more excited for today. I am taking my Mom, Granny, Brother and Aunt to a place I am very passionate about. Even though I can not help out as much as I’d like to, I know every little bit helps. Today for the first time I am taking my family to the Operation Christmas Child Wearhouse in Calgary to sort Shoeboxes that will be sent all over the world. This is a charity that I have been involved with for at least 15 years. I remember packing shoeboxes in school, and as I got older I would pack more and more of them each year.  I often thought how amazing it would be to go on the mission to deliver the boxes, and some day I will do that. It’s on my bucket list. Then just last year I discovered that you can volunteer to sort boxes before they get shipped out in Ontario and ALBERTA! Calgary has a wearhouse! I tried to get to Calgary, and then a door opened and by chance I was able to go with a group from our local church. From the first 1omins I was hooked. That’s it, I was coming every year! It’s such an amazing feeling to be a part of something that touches children who have so little, so far away, and some close by too. So this year I organized to get some of my family together to sort boxes. It’s going to be a wonderful afternoon.

I’d better go get ready. I go from sparkle tops and Vanna shoes to comfortable jeans and runners. Today my role will be on an assembly line, and I couldn’t be happier. Merry Christmas Everyone, let the season begin…….

KIVA

I wanted to share my friends post about a great program. I joined KIVA a few months ago and our family is going to do this instead of Christmas gifts this year. It is so easy to use and really helps out those in need. Come on get onboard with KIVA.