What is Christmas all about?

I must confess, I have been so busy these last few days that I haven't had time to really think about any interesting Christmas projects and some fun things to blog about.

I have been cleaning the house, preparing the guest room and clearing cupboards to make space for our visitors from Ohio who arrive bright and early Thursday morning.

Also, and very importantly, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary on the weekend -16 years!

Then, on Saturday I said goodbye to my sister and her husband and my niece and nephew as they embark on a new adventure-a year teaching in the UK.

On top of all of this I am also busy planning a birthday party for my beautiful daughter Maddy who turns 13 on Friday....I know...I didn't plan things very well 13 years ago did I!

So,I think I just need to sit back and be still for five minutes today and, as we approach Christmas day, I want to use this time to reflect on what December 25 is really all about.

I am sure you have all seen this a million times but I hope you enjoy this little bit of wisdom from Mr Charles M. Schulz.

Thank you for spending time with me today in my little corner of the world, at what must be a very crazy time for you-it was so nice to see you.

Blessings and Christmas wishes to you all.
Natasha In Oz 

Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month, that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day; and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for mirth is also of Heaven's making.  Leigh Hunt


  1. Bonjour Natasha! Happy Anniversary, Happy Birthday and Bon Voyage! You have indeeed been very busy. Beautiful quote you posted - and yes we must stop and remember what Christmas is really about!
    Wishing you and your family a fabulous week!

  2. Congratulations...16 years! That is wonderful! I enjoyed reading your post today, time does seem to pass by so much faster, especially this time of the year! Thanks for the reminder to try to slow down!
    Tell your daughter Happy Birthday!
    (the teenage years!! We'll be there this year, too)

  3. Happy Anniversary! You had a busy time; just love your video; so true and so innocent.Thank you for giving us 5 minutes to stop and think.

  4. That's one of the most well spent 5 minutes I've ever had... the wee film is lovely and the quote at the end is beautiful too. Now - I shall pop off and clean my house too for the poor thing has been sadly neglected with Christmas sales and finishing off orders etc...ONly 1week to go and the possums are off school for the Christmas break. Bisous

  5. sounds busy! Time to sit back and relax a bit. Personally, I am not doing as much this year, as it just stresses me out and I miss the whole meaning of chrismtmas. So my house might not look perfect, or the food might not be done to perfection, but oh well! I am happy! haha!

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Beautiful blog!

  6. Natasha~~

    Good for you for taking your five minutes today. You have so much going on. I do too!! And today is my anniversary too!! 23 years! Hope you and your hysband had a wonderful celebration and Happy Birthday to M!! :-)


  7. Hi Natasha,
    I totally understand how you feel. It gets so crazy this time of year, but you're right... it is important to take a few minutes to reflect upon what this wonderful time is truly about. I'm sorry I couldn't see the picture you were sharing...for some reason it wasn't showing up :-( By the way...Happy Anniversay to you and Happy Birthday to your daughter.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and for your very sweet comment. Hope you come visit again soon. It was very nice to meet you. Until next time.

    ♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

  8. I love this moment from "A Charlie Brown Christmas." In the midst of the frenzy of the holidays, thanks for the reminder of what it's really all about.

  9. Busy, busy, Natasha! And nice profile picture!! Oh and that baked ham I did was so simple - great for feeding a crowd.

  10. Natasha,

    What a wonderful post. Happy Early Birthday to your daughter.

    How wonderful to sit and reflect on what Christmas is about, I don't feel like to many people do this any more.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family.


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    (¸.•´ (¸.+´? Heidi ?)

  11. Linus embodied Christmas spirit. Love this!

    I hope every bit of activity you've got scheduled will be joyous for you and your family!

  12. my goodness you have a full plate!! Happy Anniversary, best of luck with the move and Merry Christmas!

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful quote too... the mirth is of heaven's making! AMEN

  13. Hello and Happy Anniversary Natasha!
    You sound like you have been very busy! I think I would pull my hair out if my child's birthday was in December. I always felt so crazy that it was in October, right next to Halloween! You definitely have me beat! I just had to worry about a costume and a party, you get to plan a birthday party around a very large holiday...Good luck with that! :)
    So when do you get to stop and take time to smell the roses and enjoy your anniversary?
    It's so funny, because I just had a post on my blog about how we get so busy and wrapped up in Christmas that we forget what is really all about. Take some time to be with your family and put down the wrapping paper long enough to create some wonderful memories.
    Enjoy all the exciting things you have to celebrate at this time of year with your loved ones. Thanks for the charlie Brown video clip, it's so sweet and honest.
    Have a wonderful day!!

  14. Natasha,
    I love that you are having guests from all they way in Ohio - I live in Ohio! Maybe they can fit me in a suitcase or something?

    Love your post, love the Charlie Brown cartoon.

  15. Ahhhhhh, Charlie Brown Christmas never gets old! And it never ceases to remind me of what really matters!

  16. i love your blog and the blog name! be sure that i will spend here some of my "5 minutes" from time to time!
    have a very sweet day!

  17. Stephanie left a link to your blog on mine, and I am glad she did! I agree!!! lol

    Be blessed-

  18. Thanks for stopping by. Love your Christmas decorations, and a good reminder of Christmas. Sounds like you had a very busy week. Have a cup of tea while sitting in front of your sweet tree sometime. Now I have to shovel snow off our driveway!

  19. Thank you, thank you for the reminder to take time and breathe--giving thanks for the many things that really matter in life. This afternoon, I'm taking time to catch up after traveling for four days in a row. I'm looking out the window of a beautiful country hotel in Aberdeen, Scotland taking in the view of an enormous tree covered with lights. It's been a treat to just sit and gaze for awhile.

    Happy Anniversary,

  20. Thanks for posting this video. I haven't managed to see a Charlie Brown Christmas yet this year.

  21. i posted about linus, too. what a moving soliquay!

    happy new year.



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