Christmas Countdown

Christmas Memories in My Heart is a place for me to share all things related to Christmas, which is my favorite time of the year. I plan and prepare for the holidays all year, so that I can enjoy that busy time without having to stress about shopping and all the details of the season.

I am actually able to decorate and then enjoy the spirit of the holidays and celebrate Jesus' birth and the reason for the season.

You can find links to my three favorite holiday sites in my sidebar. They are Organized Christmas, Our Home for the Holidays, and Magical Holiday Home. All three of these special places are like my home away from home. I have cyber friends there who I feel a great bond with and we share a common love of Christmas. We understand each other and support each other in our quest to have magical, wonderful holidays.

Please come back to visit often.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

From My Heart to Your Blog

Wow, what a day of parties! I want to thank everyone who stopped by to visit me today and share in this great Christmas in July! Many of you stopped by as existing friends and followers, some came only for a chance to win a Christmas giveaway, others came through links to Maggi's CIJ party at Just Add Glitter and Stir or through a link from my Playing Dishes CIJ Tablescape Party or my Memes for Me blog, or just found this site by chance. No matter how or why you arrived, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Christmas is truly a magical time that I hold dear. However, July is a particularly difficult time in my life due to life's unexpected losses. Each year I struggle with the entire month of July, but this year, I shifted gears and extended my usual CIJ to include the entire month. Each of you has played a part in helping me through this time, even after my family experienced another two losses this month with the death of a wonderful uncle Leon, my husband's only brother, Larry, and our late son's beloved dog Blackjack.

My faith continues to guide me through these times.

I have enjoyed each and every comment you have left and have spent way too many hours reading and laughing at things on your blogs and countless wonderful hours working on my own CIJ parties, posts and giveaways.

Wow, I sound like it is all over---not so! There is still another full week of CIJ and I have a huge family holiday dinner next weekend. Family is so important, so it is really fitting that that will be the final event for this fun filled month.

Tonight, I just want to thank all of you for this wonderful weekend. My birthday was last week and I told my husband that all I wanted was some great holiday cheer and wow, did you all deliver!

I copied and pasted the names of all the participants in Maggi's party into the post below and the links worked! That way I will be able to go back and revisit and savor the wonderful things found there.

I will be visiting you often, please do the same. My Christmas Memories in My Heart blog will only have posts around Rudolph Day on the 25th of each month until the end of November, when I will be posting daily again. So check back around Rudy Day for a visit of holiday fun. Playing Dishes will continue to have posts related to dishes and my obsession with thrifting. My newest blog, Memes for Me will be devoted to the fun things in blog land. I will post things as they hit my fancy.

Until next time, I am roping all of you Christmas lovers into my Christmas Memories in My Heart.

I love things from the Southwest and the little musical cactus at the top is one of my favorite Christmas things. So, it is only fitting that he uses his lasso to pull us all together one last time.

Enjoy the cartoon video with Paul baby singing about a wonderful Christmas.

Merry Christmas in July,

Please excuse me for posting this on both of my CIJ intensive blogs. I am way too tired to write another post to thank you all.

I have an out off town on Sunday for a meeting and will post the giveaway for Playing Dishes on Monday. I want to make sure that everyone has time to visit and I have time to add all the new names!

Participants in CIJ Blog Party at Katamommy's

I am crossing my fingers and hoping that this will work. I just went back to visit the party at Just Add Glitter and Stir and found a note from Katamommy that she would live the list of participants up through Sunday night. I hadn't thought about it going away. I want to savor all the info and be able to revisit each one so that I can add recipes and crafts to my notebook. I spent HOURS visiting today, but only brushed the surface of all the wonderful holiday cheer.

I had so much fun today and am totally exhausted from all the partying. Thanks to Maggi~katamommy for organizing this fantastic Christmas in July party and another thanks to all the participants. I even read all the comments as I was leaving mine and they were great too.

Christmas in July Party List

A Bit O' Shine
Beacoup Joie de Vivre
Beauty Does Matter
Browne Eyed Belle
Chic Scraps
Chocolate and Marmalade Tea
Christmas Memories In My Heart
Christmas Traditions
Christmas Tree Lane
Cpaphil Vintage Postcards
Crafting With Cat Hair
Do More With Less
DustJacket Attic
Finding A Voice
For The Modern Pin-up Girl
Forever Jann
Four Seasons Farm
French Charming
Frugal Fine Living
Gabrielle's Blog
Her Hillbilly Highness
HiHo Heidi's Diary
I'd Rather Be Scrapbooking
Junque Couture
Legally Blonde's Proceedings
Lemondrop Vintage
Let's Embellish
Let Them Eat Cupcakes
My Big Mouth
My Enchanted Home
My Net Finds
Pepperberry and Co
Personalized Sketches and Sentiments
Playing Dishes
Pretty Pretty Piccies
Rainy Day Farm
Roo's Treehouse
Saturday's Child
Scrappy Arts N Thoughts
Scrapz N Stuff
Shabby Chicks
She's a Super Chick
Some Scrap Sugar
Stamping With Mo
Starshine Chic
That's Who I Am
The Glamorous Betty Crocker
The Johnson Diaries: Life on the Edge
The Stamping Banana
The Usual Suspects
The World Through My Eyes
Tinkering L8
Twas The Brillig

So, I am attempting to copy and paste this list into a post with the hopes that the links will work. Cross your fingers and hold your breath while I post then and then we will know...