So This Is Christmas

Today is Christmas Eve and all kinds of thoughts are going through my mind today. The first being the birth of Christ! After all Jesus is the reason for the season, right? We seem to get so caught up in all the gift giving and parties to be at that the birth of Christ seems to fall to the back somewhere when it should be the real reason I am celebrating.  Guilty am I!

I also think of family, friends and traditions.I think of Grandma Dot who is 90 and wonder if she will be with us next year. I think of ones less fortunate than others and pray that their Christmas is a good one. I think of my sweet grandchildren and how excited they will be tomorrow on Christmas Day. How blessed I am that my son is alive and doing well, that we are all healthy. Lots of thoughts!!

I pray that we can all give more than we receive, laugh more than before, enjoy family and friends and act as if TODAY is your last day. If we could all think that way the world would be a better place but more than all of that remember that it is about JESUS!

Tomorrow, Christmas Day we are having steak! Yes, I said steak! To me Thanksgiving is about turkey and ham.

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Bacon wrapped tenderloin! Yum! I bought a whole tenderloin at the Fresh Market and cut into steaks. I needed 12 so I just measured it and divided by 12. Then I cut them into 2.5 inch thick steaks. I also trim off fat and that silver lining. I season them with salt and pepper. Pan sear them for 3 minutes on each side. I place them in a baking dish and top them with gorgonzola cheese and ribbon cut sage. Ribbon cut sage is just thin slices of sage. I broil the steaks in the oven until the cheese has melted. I like my steaks medium to medium rare. If you like them medium to well, just lower them to the lowest rack in the oven and broil a little longer.

We are also having Roasted Brussel Sprouts with bacon crumbles, Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Carrot Salad, Bread and Oil. Amy and Kellie are also bringing a veggie. It should be delicious!!!!

 

The tables are all set and the presents are all wrapped…….

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The tree is so big and beautiful, trimmed with ornaments that all have fond memories behind them.

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….and new ones that are made with love and from recycled items…… thank you Lindsay! I will always cherish them!

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I think it is great how creative we can be with our gift giving and look forward to see all the creative things tomorrow. My husband has a very hard time buying gifts because he doesn’t know if I will like it or not but really, I love it because he thought about me. He picked the best thing that he thought I would like. Just that blesses me!

I hope you have a blessed Christmas Day tomorrow and with all the chaos remember…..JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

 

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