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Christmas Gift Giving…

I’ve started stashing a few presents for Christmas… I have to buy a few things at a time… with our money coming in on certain days… u13311684

YOU know what I mean!…

and the every day bills are still there… and food needs to be bought sfo0814… and gas for the car…

We do draw names with the adults in our immediate little family… consisting of 7 of us…

I suggested it last year and everyone jumped at the ideak15480118 … and we are continuing this tradition… Thank Goodness!…

I have three Grandkids… and have a budget ( certain amount I spend ) for their gifts too…k4399683

They like gifts… ( wrapped presents ) x18728389and maybe a gift card… to a favorite storek4809558

and it makes me so happy buying something I feel they will really use or enjoy…

I give this great thought…

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My husband , my son who lives with us and myself… fill each other’s Christmas Stocking including our cat, Jill’s…

We are not allowed to peek until Christmas Eve night when everyone has left for the night…

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My niece gave my son “A Christmas Story” stocking last year for fun… since she knows that’s one of his favorite Christmas Movies…A-Christmas-Story-30

Mine is a quilted one…

My husband’s is the Santa and Jill has a kitty on hers… which is only appropriate for a cat!

Our own private little celebration…

Our own little tradition!…

And we are so surprised at our own ingenuity in finding items that fit into the area of a sock u17965586and are items that each will enjoy! 

We do good!

Other than these few gifts… I draw names with my BUNCO group… and we exchange when we go out to eat to a favorite restaurant…k13712070

When we go to my niece’s house for a pre-Christmas get-together… Women bring a $10.00 lady gift… and the men bring a $10.00 man gift… ( if you want to participate… which is optional ) and then a game is played where everyone ends up with something…sma0111

Fun and not expensive

The men seem to have more fun than the ladies… passing a certain present from one to another… like it’s worth more than the $10.00 paid!…

The children here… also draw names… with each other… and they are all satisfied… u23842863

I feel we have become smarter in our thinking on this gift giving idea…

Less stress…

Less a financial burden…

and we have learned that just being togethermardep0013s

enjoying good food prepared by all  x10497109

is the best Christmas Present we could ever have!

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Daily Prompt: All About Me/The Daily Post

Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.

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My blog title comes from my initialsx10661944

Marilyn Kay Griffin

M= Memories

K= Keepsakes

G= Gifts

These are things that represent me and my passions

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I first used this on my invoices when I was doing some painting jobs for a couple of Public Schools… and also for individuals in their homes…

I painted the first and second floor hallways for an Elementary School… depicting school scenes/activities… with children…

and also many areas of the Middle School I worked at… The court-yard outside… and many areas throughout the schoollibrary… hallways… fish tank base…etc. …

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When I decided to start a blog when I retired… I felt the name I already had was  a great fit

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Memories of childhood and events in my life…

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Keepsakes I talk about given to me by some very special people… and items I’ve collected that I cherish for their uniqueness…

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Gifts that I make for people … gifts I have received… gifts that I make special when wrapping…

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So you see… This is me!… a hint of what I like to do and who I am…

It’s My Birthday!…and my son’s and my cousin’s…

Memory…

It’s 9:00 am in the morning…

and I have already received 10 messages

wishing me a “Happy Birthday” k9066971

Is that not the most wonderful feeling!…

I’ve actually had many messages… calls k8705702 … etc. … this past week…

To be remembered is the best gift anyone could give me…

Presents are nice…

Cards are great…

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but, heartfelt words… mean so much…

In a few minutes I will be calling my baby boy39 years old today also!…

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What a present  k0964640 he was… and a joy now!…

My cousin will be called later in the morning…

We share our birthday  k4394957 also…

I think that has really made us have a special bond

What does this day have in store?…

I really don’t know…

We’ve been out to eat already with my son/family…

So it might be just a stay at home day… Cold here in the Bluegrass State…

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But, whatever comes… I will be grateful and feel blessed for another year!

Oh, my!…  My Bobby just surprised me with these beautiful flowers and a card… What a day!… and it’s only 9:44am…

and my son just called

and my oldest Granddaughter texted me…We have a date for us to get a “little” tatoo together… it’s “our” thing!

What a wonderful day!

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My Birthday Lasts For Days!

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k9066971 My birthday is not until Tuesday… but, with others working … it’s better for us to get together on the weekend

My son’s birthday is also mine… Yes, he was my birthday present k096464039 years ago… Oh my!…

I also have a cousin whose birthday is the same day… I’m 3 hours older than her and we were born in the same hospital k6814532… She lives out-of-town… so we will be phone calling each other aHappy Birthdayk8705702

My daughter-in-law’s mother’s 121122_012 birthday was last weekend… They were sick… so we were celebrating all together last night…

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My son’s…

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chose “Rooster’s”… a sports bar restaurant … U of L and KY were playing … so it was quite crowded… Red and Blue T-shirts abounded…

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By the time we were seated at a big corner table that held all 9 of us… Louisville had won and Kentucky had lost… Bitter-sweet for fans…

coloprogramtee-2thumbSame State… but, great rivals!…

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My Grandson loves Hot Wings like his Dad… wonder why???… and Kennedy “No WAY!”…

just like her Mom…

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While waiting for our order… Some gifts were exchanged… I received a KOHL”S gift card and some Vera Wang Earrings… so pretty… silver bird design with aqua blue tiny chains dangling…

The gift card will be a treat for another “girl’s day out”…

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Also received “a few dollars”… from my other son… and I told my husband I had ordered a new bathing suitk10153979that I needed… so “his” gift to me was taken care of… ha, ha!…

and NO!… it looks nothing like that!…

We are going out to eat on my real Birthday up at Horseshoe Casino in Indiana

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My birthday seems to last for weeks… but, I think that’s super!…

Being with “my little family”… is all I would ever need… for my birthday…

and I did miss my oldest Granddaughter  622031_280641708714490_1275605053_o … but, she had to work… and I quite understood…

So if you still read about my birthday k4394957in days to come… don’t be surprised!

“Are You Ready?”

k7942552Am I ready?… I think so…

People ask , “Are you ready for Christmas?” … My immediate thought is …

Yes, I’ve bought presents sma0109for who was on my list… and they are wrapped… and under the tree…

Yes, I have most of the food k11492778I’m going to prepare…

Yes, the house is cleanpix0587… and extra dusting and sweeping has been done…

Yes, my personal hand-made gifts k5000305 have been mailed or given…

Yes, the decorations k11501125got up early…

Yes, phone calls k2392326and connecting to those out-of-town have been made…

and YES, I do remember WHY we are celebrating…

It’s my Jesus’ Birthday!..k2856122

Isn’t it wonderful that our Lord has shared his Birthday bwo0065with us!…

His birthday has brought Santa Claus u14039971for the young children… like the JOY in our hearts when He enters…

The gift givingk9904381 like Him… that is our gift from GodOur Heavenly Father!…

The beautiful Lights! x13376197… like Him… that has brought Light to a sinful world for whoever wants to Believe!…

The LOVE k11475327 that is bestowed on family members and friends… like His Love that was given through His sacrifice…

Special Hand-made foods and presents k6849846… that we cook and make with thoughts of the people who will receive them… like Him… who listens to our Prayers that we lift up to Him… with a yearning heart…

Our Homes k7896151that are so festive… Waiting for friends and family to enter… like Heaven‘s Gates standing wide open for all who want Everlasting Life

Our calls we make… our cards k7254442we send… our hugs and kisses we love to give and receive… like the open line of communication that is there with our Lord… if we just take the time to bend our heads and knees in prayer

The wonderful dinnersk2945120 that are prepared for the festivities we partake in… like the Dinner and Place that has been prepared for us in Heaven

Yes… I think “I’m Ready!”… Are you?

Postal Gifts…

Christmas k10774444seems to actually arrive when I get my first Christmas card k10234922 … One from my friend Dorothy…  is the first I receive usually… followed not too far behind by my cousin, Vera… and then they slowly arrive… one or two at a time… almost every day…

I so look forward to going to the mailbox and seeing if there are any cards along with all of the advertisements…

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I really thought I might not receive any this year… with the economy being so bad… People having to cut corners wherever possible…

I look at giving Christmas cards as a small gift to the person I send it to… It might be all of the communication we have during the Holiday Season… Some living far away… and others unable to get together…

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A First Class stamp cost 45 cents… not so much for a gift if you look at it like that…

And if you can find Post Cards with a Christmas theme they will only cost 32 cents…

There’s just something special when you open that envelope… with your name addressed on it… and a sneak preview of who it is from if there is a return address

Some of the designs of the Holiday Stamps are quite pretty… and refer to different faithsSome even collect them…     untitledPhilatelic Product ImagePhilatelic Product Image

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The cards themselves are works of art… which I truly appreciate… The colors… the theme… the sparkles…  Just beautiful!… 

There have been surveys… and all have said that people prefer getting a real stamped and mailed Christmas card over an emailed one… Does that not say something??? 

My brother made my Mom a handcrafted wood box depicting The Little Drummer Boy“… It was for her to put her Christmas cards in… He self-taught himself to paint and do wood working… Very impressive I think…

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Both my Mom and Brother have passed away… but, “The Little Drummer Boy” brings them closer to me at this time of year… as I set it out in my house and place the little gifts of cards I receive from friends and relatives

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View  a unique version of “The Little Drummer Boy”!

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Some of my Special ( Favorite) Things

Memory…

Sometimes we look around and see some things that we would never get rid of…

People who know me… are probably saying that I keep everything!… Not, so!… They truly do have to have some special meaning to me…

Believe it or not… glancing around I found only a few… I’m sure there are more… but, these jumped out at me and I will tell you “why” they are special …

This is “Sugar”… She was a puppy… a little ball of fur… when I first saw her… and I knew immediately … “She was mine!”… The boys were around 9 and 10 years old… and we had her for 16 years… until I had to have her put to sleep…

She moved with us from our first home to the home we live in now… She was the best dog… and I have not had another dog since… So you see… she was special!

This is a little clay figurine my Granddaughter, Taylor… who is almost 18 years old… bought for me when she was in Elementary School… She bought it at the Santa Shop and gave it to me for Christmas… I guess you know…”I think it is just beautiful!”… She liked the “chicken”… Surrounded by numerous veggies picked from the garden and standing on a old chair… She said, “I know you like animals like me”… and I said, “I certainly do!”

This little figurine sat on this little shelf that my Dad made just for her… in the house I grew up in… Daddy bought anything that caught his eye … and always had a little plan as to what he was going to do with it… and where it would be going… He always said this little girl reminded him of me… Of course I didn’t have red hair… or freckles… but, I did love to play in our creek and pretend to fish… Her pole had gotten misplaced… so I added that from my yard and the little glass fish that I thought would look cute… She is porcelain… and has survived with no chips or cracks for about 50 years… She has a hole under her that attaches to a screw that he put on the shelf… This keeps her from slipping off… I didn’t want furniture or big items when my parents passed… These small things are what I think is special… with a little story about them…