Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve!!!

Two Things I am Grateful For:
1)  My husband who saves the day, every day, even when he is feeling his absolute worst.  He is totally amazing.
2)  Those peaceful happy moments in life that make me glad certain situations have worked out the way they have.  Loving that!!!!  Yippy!!!!

From the Camera:

From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, random acts of kindness, here is another idea.  This idea is directed at those who work outside of the home, but could be adapted  for any situation. 

Often the first step to making friends at work is just doing a few nice things. This lets someone know that you're willing to think about others. As a result, your coworkers will be more willing to approach you than if you were closed off and appeared to be negative or even mysterious. Kindness lets others at work know that you've got more going on for you than just the ability to do your job.
The key with random acts of kindness of any sort is to make sure you don't have ulterior motives. While you might hope that people will like you better by doing nice things, you can't expect it and certainly can't come off insincere when you're helping them. Often you can't plan random acts of kindness, you just have to take the opportunity to do something nice when it presents itself.
Here are some ideas to look for.

1.  Pitch In to Help them

If you want to make friends at work, you have to get rid of the "It's not my job" mentality. While you probably have more 
If you want to make friends at work, you have to get rid of the "It's not my job" mentality. While you probably have more than enough on your plate to do, if you see a coworker who needs help with something, consider the ways you can be of assistance.
Perhaps you don't have the skill set to help out on their current project, but maybe you could ask them about another task you could help with. If they seem offended, let it go. You'll instinctively know which people to approach when you see them. They will verbally express their concerns about their workload.
From the Kitchen:
Glazed Cranberry Wreathe
1 can jellied cranberries 
1 8 ounce package cream cheese
1 cup finely chopped cashews
2 packages refrigerated crescent rolls
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. butter
3-4 Tbsp. milk

Separate the crescent rolls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet to form a circle with the wide part of the crescent in the center, the narrow part pointed away from the center.  Press slightly overlapped edges together.  In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and cranberries until well blended.  Add cashews.  Spread the mixture over the crescent roll circle until evenly distributed.  Pull each narrow end of the crescent up and over the cranberry mixture, pressing down at the center of the "wreathe".  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until well browned.  Mix powdered sugar, butter and milk to make glaze.  Drizzle over the top of the wreathe after cooling to room temp.  Serve with vanilla ice-cream or alone. 

From the Spirit:

Just for today, ask yourself, "Am I really focusing on the reason for this season and not the decorations and the food and the parties", and, and, and......  If not, slow down.  Take a moment and think about what you are doing.  Are the gifts intended from the heart or are you just trying to keep up with the Jones.  One friend was concerned about finances and what to give the members of their office.  In this situation you can make a bag full of tasty homemade treats with a cute card on each bag.  Will that be enough?  If it's from the heart, then it will be better than any other gift they get at the party!  Honestly, what can you do or give of your own talents and service?  These are the types of gifts that matter more than anything you can purchase at any store.  Remember it's the thought that counts, not the price tag.  Remember that none of the gifts that Christ gave had a dollar sign on them.  Yet they touch the heart of the receiver for generations to come.  And besides, who are we trying to be most like?  The Jones....... or is it, and shouldn't it be Christ?

From the Schmidt's:

It's Christmas Eve!  I can hardly believe it!  I am pretty excited!  I'm at work today, but it's a slightly shorter day today, which always makes me happy.  The family is home getting things ready.  Cooking turkey for me.  Later when I get home I will make some stuffing and potatoes too. And oh yeah, a little ham too.  I plan on making this breakfast stuff for tomorrow in the crockpot overnight.  That way I won't have to cook and everyone will wake up to a hot breakfast.  Loving that!  Later on we will just have left overs and if we need to cook it will be something super simple.  Christmas Eve is always our big family time.  My parents, issuers, brother, cousins, and daughter and her boyfriend are all coming over later tonight.  It should be good.  We have food, presents, and maybe board games planned for tonight.  Nothing too crazy.  
This year has flown by.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Take care and we will talk again soon.  

A Christmas Game:

Here is a game I found and thought would be fun to play.  They call it Mind your Manners!!
It's a great game for six or more players (As many as will fit around your table.)
Be forewarned, it can get loud and wild!
To play the game, you'll need one pen, two dice, and then each player gets a blank piece of paper.
Clear the chairs from around your table. The object of the game is to be the first player to write the numbers individually 1 to 100!  (Neatness does not matter!)  All players stand.  The first round is played with ONE dice.  Place the pen in the center of the table so that all can reach it.  Roll the dice and whatever number it lands on is the number that you will play for that round.  Say the dice lands on five.  Player one rolls the dice.  If they roll five, then player one grabs the pen out of the center of the table and begins to write on his own piece of paper 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.....As soon as player One rolls, it's player Two's turn to grab the dice and roll.  If he rolls a five, he then grabs the pen from player One and begins writing his own number list.  Player three rolls.  If he doesn't roll a five, player four rolls and so on.  In the meantime, the player that last rolled the five continues to write their numbers.  Each time a player rolls a five, they grab the pen from the person who is writing.  If you have had the pen and written to number 18, and you roll a five on your turn, grab the pen and start at 19 and continue until the pen is grabbed again.  The first person who's list reaches 100 is the winner!

Round two is played the same, however, for Round two, you use two dice.  And you roll for whatever number you had in round one AND a second number.  If you roll a three, then anytime a player rolls a three or a five (or whatever number from the last round), they can grab the pen and continue writing.  Again, the first person who's list goes from 1-100 wins!

This sounds simple enough and like it would be just a little calm relay, right??  The first time around is calm.  BUT, once people start writing that list, and the pen is getting yanked out of their hand so that the next person can begin writing, it gets a little louder and wilder.  By the end of the game, watching the numbers as they get closer and closer to 100 sends people over the edge.  
Warning:  Use a Tablecloth to protect your table!  Quiet people become wild during this game!  It's one game that will never be forgotten!  

Games!  Not only are they fun, but they open the lines of communication, they ensure interaction, they build fun memories, and they are just plain fun!

A Favorite Quote:

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. 
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