Got up today and started in on finishing up sewing projects that are for Christmas gifts. I've been sitting here at this machine so long, that if I had a old Threadle machine, I wouldn't be able to stand up. What a blessing to have the electronic's we have today. I think the threadle is neat and love all the older things. But when it's time to getting some work done, I'll take the new ones. Some days I rant on and on about everything I have to do. But than I'll think about how the ladies of years past had to do the chores. Can you imagine doing the laundry in the winter! Anytime of year, it would take them the entire day!!! Now we just go in and turn a timer on and go about our merry way. Today we can clean house, do laundry and fix the meals in one day. Now I'm not saying that's the way I do it!!! But we have that opportunity if we want. For one thing, years ago the mom's were not running the children to sports events, parties, church activities, shopping, etc. The children then had to wait until mom had time to sew their new clothes. Everything was freshly made to eat. And as far as needing to go shopping for something to play with, there was no need, they would make their own or just play make believe. I'm not saying that we need to go back to all of the ways of the past, but it sure does make us stop and thank the Lord for the advances that have taken place. I can't even imagine what our grand-kids will someday have. But the one thing that we all shared from the past, today, and in the future, Is the Love of God! Because everyday we learn something new from him if only we look around us and listen. Well I have a couple of Symbols of the Season to share.
Although it is native to Mexico, the poinsettia as a symbol of Christmas is strictly American. First brought to the U.S. by Joel Poinsett, our minister to Mexico in 1836, the flower was named for him.
Lovely legends surround the bloom. One is of a poor child who wished to give a gift to Mary and was heartbroken because she had no money. As she approached the manger, she pulled some scrawny flowers at her feet, in a gesture of kindness. As she did, the flower was transformed into scarlet brilliance.
Enjoy the many varieties and colors of modern poinsettias as you celebrate your holidays.
The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe dates back to ancient times. When the Norse god Baldur was killed by an arrow of mistletoe, the tears of his mother became the plant's white berries. His life was restored by Frigga, Goddess of Love, who is said to have kissed anyone passing under the mistletoe. Thereafter, even enemies would call a truce when meeting under the plant.
Until next time, listen for what the Lord is guiding you to do. Hugs, Brenda