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Christmas Fun 2009

(Image credit: Norway.com)
Merry Christmas! I can't believe it's almost Christmas Eve 2009. Time seems to fly by so quickly. Although I hoped to blog more throughout this past week, somehow time got away from me.

However, I've been on Facebook and have enjoyed getting back in touch with some of my extended family from all parts of the world. My cousin James uncovered some old photos of our family and posted them for all the world to see. But, they really are cute and we've all had a good laugh adding our comments and memories.

Many of you are having a white Christmas but in Phoenix that's not the case. However, I can say we're having a cold spell which means ...low 60's during the day.
This is a photo sent to me by a cousin in Norway. I believe it's on the road to Sumstad, the town where my grandpa was born and raised.

Here are a few of the fun things I've done this week. My friend Terri invited me to our annual Christmas Tea at the Phoenician Resort. We've been doing this for the past 12 years or so and I always look forward to it. This is the Christmas tree in the hotel so beautifully decorated.

Take a look at the delicate little tea sandwiches they served. Aren't they cute?

And of course, the variety of teas! I feel like such a lady getting all dressed up and being served tea ...once a year.

And this is a completely edible gingerbread house. It was baked and put together by the pastry chefs at the Phoenician. It's much too pretty to eat. They even had a little train running on the tracks throughout the house.

I also went to a Christmas Luncheon hosted by my friend LA. A dozen of us women get together once a month. Our common bond is our love for the Lord, for each other and we all met at Bible Study Fellowship (BSF).

The lighting in this photo isn't the best but it's the only one of the whole group of us.

This is LA. She's got the best sense of humor. She and a friend even wrote a book called The Proper Pig Guide to Mealtime Manners. Yes, she's actually holding a miniature piglet. Her book is a cute way to teach children and yes ...even adults, manners at the table.

We have lots of fun as a group but best of all ...I love how we get to pray for one another.

So, I really do things occasionally other than work; LOL!

I'm going to close out with a video of a song I love from the early '70s. It's not anything spiritual but I simply love the voice of Karen Carpenter. I always listen to this song on Christmas Eve.

I wish each one of you a Merry Christmas. I'm thankful for my family, friends and ...my blogging friends too.

Sending hugs to each of you.

Debbie Petras
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  1. Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos of your fellowship with sisters and friends.

    Merry Christmas, Debbie...

    Love & Peace,

  2. Debbie - OK talk about a blast from the past. I haven't heard that song in a long time. It was one of my favorites too!

    Wishing you a blessed Christmas Debbie! I would love to do tea with you at the Phoenician - looks lovely! They do something very similar here in the city at a fancy hotel. Friends of ours go every year too!

    I am so blessed to have you in my life! Thank you again for all the encouraging words you share with our family! We love you!

    God bless and may this year bring JOY abundantly to your home and heart!


  3. Looks like you have been having a wonderful, fun filled week. That ediable village is really something. I wanted to wish you and your husband a very Merry Christmas and a New Year full of His abundant love and blessings. I am so glad to have met you here in blogland.



  4. From the number of comments, it looks like lots of us are busy. But I am glad I had a moment to stop by.....you always have the best pics, and I was so glad to see and read about Jamie. Actually, John and I taught Braden in our 3rd grade Sunday School class. What a handsome young man he has turned out to be.
    Merry Christmas Debbie....you know I love you.

  5. Hey girl!

    Thanks for checking in on me! I love it when you do!

    I also loved this post! It looks like you have some pretty neat friends! And those little sandwiches look so sweet and cute :) Yum!

    Enjoy your Christmas, friend - celebrating Jesus :) I think you are wonderful!

    Love and Hugs,
    Kate :)

  6. The pictures are all so pretty. What a great tree. You must have all had fun. Doylene


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