Merry Christmas... and Congratulations!

Merry Christmas to all of you!  Regardless of how (or if) you celebrate, I hope your day is filled with peace, love and joy.

We are spending the morning at my parents' house (about an hour away) and will return to our own house to host Christmas dinner for Steve's family.  We haven't hosted Christmas dinner since Steve and I were first married in 2004, which means Trevor has never had Christmas dinner at home.  I'm glad he finally will.  

Trevor and I whipped up some festive napkin rings to decorate our holiday table.  We started with shimmery gold cardstock to make the rings, then added a glittery star to half and holly leaves and berries to the other half.  We'll alternate them around the table.

As we worked, I taught Trevor a bit about why the holly and the star are symbols of Christmas. The star is a pretty easy one - the wise men followed the star of Bethlehem to lead them to the baby Jesus.  Holly is an evergreen plant, symbolic of the everlasting life we have through Jesus Christ.  The thorns remind us of His crown of thorns, while the red berries symbolize His blood.    

Last week, I announced a giveaway in honor of reaching 100,000 pageviews.  I'm giving one of my lucky followers a $20 gift certificate to scrapbook.com.  And that person is..... Sharon Fritchey!   Congratulations!
Thanks to all of you for reading my blog. Your support means a lot to me.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate your kind words and comments. Merry Christmas to you all!


  1. Woooooo hoooooooo!!! CONGRATS to Sharon!!!! I loveeeeeeeeee the napkin rings!!! FAB!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

  2. Ooooh....love the napkin rings!
    Congrats to Sharon! :)

    Merry X'mas to you and your family!

  3. Beautiful napkin rings! Tonight was the first Christmas of 30 that Dan and I have eaten dinner at our own home...we enjoyed it!

    Congratulations Sharon!!! And, Cindy, may your blog continue being the success it has been and then some!

  4. Cindy, I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas together!! Such sweet napkin rings!! Congratulations Sharon!! ~ Blessings, Tracey


  5. Merry Christmas to you, too. And yay for Sharon! I love your napkin rings and what they symbolize.

  6. Thank you so much, Cindy, and everyone! Such an awesome surprise!! And Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you. Congrats on your 100,000 views, Cindy!


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