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                                                          CHRISTMAS!

Photo: A.M. Moscoso- My husband, nephew and sons planted those trees about 20 years ago!

Photo: A.M. Moscoso- Washington Street, Seattle WA. LET IT SNOW!

Photo: A.M. Moscoso- and good will to men....especially the Green ones

Just Saying

I could really use one of these for Christmas and New Years, Halloween, International Cupcake Day…just saying:

a.m.m.

 

CHRISTMAS AT RIVERSLEIGH

Happy Holidays! To view this season’s holiday greetings from Cheshire and DJ, click on the links below.

CHRISTMAS AT RIVERSLEIGH

CHRISTMAS 2009


CHRISTMAS 2008


CHRISTMAS 2007


  
CHRISTMAS 2006                      

                               Special Christmas Gifts for Ravens Who Have Been Naughty and Nice!

  A Dr Who Christmas

  The 12 Days of Christmas

Christmas Gifs courtesy of www.animationplayhouse.com

TARDIS gif courtesy of www.sevenoaksart.co.uk

Have you ever wondered if there was a meaning to the popular song “the twelve days of Christmas”? There is, and I only just discovered it:

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.
It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching,  Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness,  Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

There is more information about the 12 days of Christmas tradition here.

1972

When I was about eight years old I got the best Christmas present ever.

I got a bike.

It was lime green and had little white daisies stenciled on the frame.

 

It also happened that on that Christmas morning it snowed and I had Chicken Pox.

 

I also had a minor concussion, I got that when I took my bike out and rode it around on the ice and in the snow with my best friend.

He also got a bike AND the Chicken Pox.

 

Nothing was going to stop me from enjoying that bike.

Not a sick friend, the elements or the fact that the brakes on my bike weren’t adjusted yet.

                 It didn’t matter then and it doesn’t matter now                                            

 

To  this day it remains my favorite Christmas gift.

ever

and

 one of my favorite Christmas Memories.

 

 

 

I turned the ’12 Princesses’ into a Christmas gift by creating a handmade book for my sister and her boys.  here are three pictures of parts of the cover (it’s long and narrow).  Each page has little pictures from the internet plus hand drawn pictures by me in colored pencil.

 The front is actually a skirt that I took apart and used for various art projects.  It also has an attached book mark with beads.