It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 17, Book 17



Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 17th


The Joy You Give

John Greenleaf Whittier

Somehow, not only for Christmas
But all the long year through
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you seen in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
They more of your heart’s possessing
Returns to you glad.

Its the 3rd Sunday of Advent and we untie the gift of JOY.  

In my preparation during this season as I reflect upon joy, rejoicing and gifts in my life I am grateful for yesterday and today and hope for tomorrow.


May your walls know joy,
May every room hold laughter,
and every window open 
to great possibility

Mary Anne Radmacher

Advent is an opportunity to set aside special moments to fully experience the joy and the miracle of Christmas, to focus on the birth of Christ in the midst of the chaos that covers our holiday to do lists.

To be happy is good, yet joy is something more. It's another thing, something which does not depend on external motivations, or on passing issues: it is more profound. It is a gift.


The kindest thing you can do for the people you care about is to become a happy, joyous person.

Brian Tracey


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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 16, Book 17


Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 16th

Know your gifts and share them.

Les Brown

Todays gift suggestion:

If you have adult children or grandchildren, giving them treasured ornaments off your Christmas tree will make them feel very special.

Plus as added bonus, they’l think of you every time they place the ornament on a branch. 


At our family celebration this year we are having an ornament exchange.  I had thought about taking my last remaining snowman ornament but he needed a battery so I will be using one I had purchased instead.

Christmas is a box of tree ornaments that become part of the family.

Charles M. Schultz

Years ago I quit having a large tree and purchased 3 pre lit table top trees to scatter thought my home .  So that year at our family gathering, I took the box of ornaments I’d been using and let every one choose what ever ornaments they wanted.  Every ornament was of a snowman.  How this particular one escaped the give away then is beyond me.  But I found him when unpacking Christmas here this year.



This moment, this day, this season will never come again.  Treasure it and treasure those you love who make it memorable.


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Friday, December 15, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 15, Book 17


Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 15th


Give !  Give the love you have received to those around you.  You must love with your time, with your hands and your hearts. You need to share all that you have.

Mother Teresa

Today’s gift suggestion is to :

Create a calendar that includes your families important dates like birthdays and anniversaries.  Include family pictures, then make a copy for each person in your family.  


Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress . 

Charles F. Kettering

Calendars are one thing we all use.  I know I’d be lost without mine.  This time of year you see all kinds in the stores and many business give them out as part of their advertisements. So why not make up one specially for family.   

Start the new year with a new calendar designed with love.

Yes, the pictures of the children I use are of some of my grandchildren.  The ones I used yesterday, as well as today, were taken several years ago but they are of some of my favorite memories.



Nothing should be prized more highly than the value of each day.

Johann von Goethe


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 14, Book 17



Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 14th


Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year  for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

The best times are the ones that linger on in our on in our memories, the things that neither money nor credit can buy.

Today’s gift suggestion is to :

Create a memory.  Christmas memories begin with enjoyable and special activities or events that with occurred in the years past or have become rations.

You could build gingerbread house with your grandchildren or bake and decorate cookies as a family.

You could go carol singing with family and friends or read the Christmas story as you sit together around the tree.


Memory is the diary we all carry about with us.

Oscar Wilde

Almost all of my finest memories of Christmas center around the things we did rather than the gifts I got.

One year we decorated gingerbread house together, This year we made snowmen out of socks.  Both were fun for all ages.

Memories are what really help keep family together over the years.  It doesn’t have to be anything that costs lots of money or involves a lot of work.  Simple things like going for a ride to view the Christmas lights can create some very happy memories.


Like snowflakes my Christmas memories gather and dance - each beautiful, unique and too soon gone.

Deborah Whipp

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 13, Book 17


Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 13th

The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious.

Martin Luther

Give what you do.  A gift from the heart is gift of time and talent.

The best gift is one that delivers a message of love and joy that remains with the recipient long after the gift has been consumed, used or put away.


I believe that talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heartpump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it. Electricity will do all that.

Maya Angelou

When you think about it, it takes people with a lot of different talents to keep things going.  Giving a talent that you have can add a lot of joy to someone’s life.

I have a friend that gives the gift of vacation time to her fellow employees. She takes her vacation days before or after December so that others can take time off at Christmas to spend with their families.

Another couple I know gave their building skills to help make a stable for the Christmas display at their church.

Our church is blessed with a wonderful choir and their beautiful voices bless us every Sunday, but especially at Christmas.


Use what talent you possess:  the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except this that sang the best.

Henry van Dyke

While all of these people give of their time, I’m sure that many do not think of them as gifts given, but they are, and all are appreciated.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 12, Book 17


Every time a bell rings an angel get his wings...

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 12th


To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love.

Oscar Wilde

The closer we move toward Christmas Day the higher the stress level can become.  One gift that can be easily give by a cheerful choice: 

We can respond with kindness.  No matter the moment or the person, we can smile or speak a soft word or do a kind deed.

Never miss the chance to spread kindness everywhere you go.  Words of kindness make a person see the sunshine even when the sun is not shinning.  

Kindness and consideration are often the most valuable Christmas gifts one can give—to friends, family and strangers alike.



God grant you the light in Christmas which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth…

Wilda English

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 11, Book 17


Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 11th


You may give gifts without caring, but you can’t care without giving.

Frank A. Clark

Today’s gift suggestion is to :  Clean something. Sounds horrible at first, but it can actually be fun.  The key is to aim small.  Perhaps it’s the car, the laundry, the kitchen, or the dusty old trophies and paintings.  Something small that you would mind doing and which would mean something to the recipient.

Each of us has something special and unique we can give in the spirit of Christmas.  Be creative, be brave, be fun.


Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.

George F. Mc Dougall

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 10, Book 17


Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 10th


May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive which is wrapped in thoughtfulness and tied with love.

L.O. Baird

Today, the second Sunday of Advent, we untie the gift of Love.  In a world where worry, not peace prevails, stir up that good news again.  This Christmas make it real in our hearts.  Love changes everything.

Genuine love will always feel urged to communicate joy - to be a joy 
giver.  Mankind needs joy.

Lawrence G. Lovasik

Never have we needed joy and peace more than now.  Like a golden ribbon run through a garland of lights, love entwines every aspect of the season.


Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine,
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign

Christina Rossetti

There are many ways to show our love to others and today’s gift suggestion is to:

Mind their furry babies.  This could be the best gift for people with pets, especially if they intend to go away on holiday and need someone to look after Rover.  You may also enjoy having some furry company around.

The Christmas spirit — love — changes hearts and lives

Pat Boone

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 9, Book 17



Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 9th



It isn’t the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it.

The Angels’ Little Instruction Book

Today’s gift - cook something.  Give the house chef a break and treat them with breakfast or a dinner.  Everyone has one dish their good at.  This could be your time to shine in the kitchen.

 When you cook and serve a meal, you offer something of yourself and a  meal brought to your door on a night when you have no energy to cook says that someone is thinking of you.  


The ribbons’!  The wrappings!  The tags!  And the tinsel!  The trimmings! The trappings!

Dr. Suess, How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 8, Book 17


Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 8th



The Lord loveth a cheerful give.  He also accepteth from a grouch.

Catherine Hall

I believe Christmas is a very special time.  It’s an occasion that passes in the blink of an eye if you don’t slow down and appreciate every second of it.  And also I think that the preparation is always half the fun of any holiday.

Today’s gift is the gift of time.  Time is one of the most precious gifts you can give to someone, especial to the people close to you:  your partner, your parents, children or perhaps your employees.  Give them time off from their daily chores so they can enjoy themselves. Let your kids play till dawn, let your parents go out for a bingo night, let your husband or wife have some personal time.  Imagine telling them, Sweetie, I’ll pick up the housework today, you just go have fun!




Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.

Author Unknown

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 7, Book 17



Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 7th


A hug is a great gift - one size fits all and it’s so easy to exchange

Author Unknown

Give the gift of babysitting or respite care.  If you know of anyone with small children, a disabled family memory, or an aging parent, you know someone who needs the gift of a hug. Give them an evening off…  and you’ll be sure to get a hug right back.

Don’t go into debt this year trying to find the perfect gift.  You have plenty of free gifts right at your fingertips, including the most important one - you.


Such as I am, I am a precious gift.

Zora Neal Hurston

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 6, Book 17


Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 6th


Recipe for a Merry Christmas

Blend equal parts of Faith and Hope mixed well with Charity;
Stir in Good Will and Sweet Content and Precious Memory.
Add Kindness, Helpfulness and Joy; of Gratitude don’t spare;
Then drop by drop Love’s Essence see, and Praises freely share.
And don’t forget such spices rare as Laughter, Smiles, and Fun.
Taste often for the best results.  (’Tis seen to mince upon).
Now add a Thankful Heart and the, the recipe’s complete.
Your Merry Christmas all will like…so try the season’s treat.

Esther Lloyd Dauber

Give the gift of a recipe.  Everyone loves to eat, and many people love to cook.  Share your secret salsa recipe of grandma’s pie crust technique.

I gave a hand made cookbook one year for a gift for my children which included all of their childhood favorites.  After they all left home, I often received calls for recipes they loved and so I thought this was one gift they’d all appreciate.  

So give the gift of great recipes and surprise someone with one for cookies, fudge or holiday breads.


I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.

Harlan Miller

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 5, Book 17


Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons.  

Ruth Ann Schabacker


December 5th

The only gift is a portion of thyself. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Give the gift of a hand crafted item. If you create with wood, fabric, paint, or yarn, you may already have enough stock in your home to create this year’s gifts. And digital photos are completely free.



 Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself

Norman Wesley Brooks

Untie the ribbons