‘Tis the Season . . .

. . . to be too busy to blog.

Or, so it has been with me, dear readers and friends.  You may have stopped by my place here to see what I’ve been up to this Christmas and found I had not progressed much beyond Thanksgiving – as that was my last post.

Then again . . . you may have not given The Writer’s Reverie a thought.

Either way – not much to miss here on your part – but far too much to miss on my part.  I have felt the void of blog reading and writing this month – and there was so much I could have shared with you – and been inspired by you – regarding your Christmas festivities, decor, DIY, and devotions!

So, here in a nutshell, is a quickie tour of my December – beginning with Black Friday in November when I traditionally recast my home decor for Christmas in every crevice and corner.

I was excited to finally display the vintage 1940’s cardboard village I found thrifting last winter in its original box – and thrilled when I found just the right spot for it on top of the writing hutch in the foreground of my vintage Burma Shave sign that had been in my grandmother’s basement since the 1950’s!

The colors of the houses were the same as the colors in the sign!  They were meant to be . . .

And – on the shelves below – some tea . . .

More thrifting finds this past year for a couple dollars here or there.  Matched with some books and my dulcimer (permanently displayed in the center shelf) the writing hutch was overflowing with festive!

Speaking of tea – my tea cabinet welcomed a new friend to the fray on display . . .

Plum Pudding from Department 56 – actually, it’s an oil lamp!

Found it at the Salvation Army for four dollars.  Really??  It looks great with my Lennox teapot, cup and saucer – also second hand goodies found for under five dollars.  Thank you, Jesus!

Speaking of . . . my dining room mantle celebrates Jesus – the Nativity – the Reason for the Season!  Plus, two mottoes I have to keep before me constantly – especially after the past couple of roller coaster years . . .

To be sure, God HAS brought me through – and then some!  I’ve had so many praise reports in answered prayer knowing the Lord as my Provider, and many life lessons learned regarding the daily temptations to wrestle with Worry!!

Jesus comes – not once a year at Christmas – but every moment of every day if we allow Him to do so.  No greater gift . . .

The first two weeks of December I was off the grid finishing up my first semester of homeschool tutoring classes I teach via my new work this year as Constellation Academy Home School Resources Network.  This included our Starshine Gala Night Exhibit with student projects on display, student certificates onstage, and our grand finale pilgrim play about Plimoth Plantation in 1621.

A wild and crazy time was had by all – and no mistake about that!  After these four months of trial and error – mostly error – I am hopeful that our second semester activities will be less draining on all fronts.  You can read more about my new semester classes at Constellation Academy’s blog HERE.

With school done, it was already mid-December before I could turn my attention to my own homefront Christmas preparations – of which I was woefully behind.  This included shopping, wrapping, baking . . .

And, making definite holiday-entertaining dinner plans – which I just haven’t made the time for in the past.  So, teatime treats for a dear friend . . .

And, dinner parties for couples . . .

Wait a minute – I said “couples” – NOT “kitties”!!

We attended one Christmas party where Ed came away with a real prize in a Kris Kringle gift exchange . . .

He was immediately transported to his childhood when he used to play Rock’em-Sock’em Robots with his dad.  Ah!  Nostalgia . . .

I keep some of my own childhood Christmas treasures of vintage proportion displayed under the tree each year, too – for nostalgia’s sake.

And, having time off I forced myself to just simply sit and READ FOR PLEASURE!

Gah!  What a difficult thing that is when I keep thinking how I need to write blogs or research for next semester!  But, I admit it – I’m pooped!

Instead of computer time, I have been enjoying my own little corner and my own little chair and a special Christmas gift my hubby gave to me for just such an occasion, Miss Mustard Seed’s DIY and decorating book just out, Inspired You by Marian Parsons!

It’s like curling up with her blog in my recliner – only I can’t pin anything to Pinterest, or comment!  So, today, after having my final home entertaining teatime yesterday afternoon with visitors . . .

I am sneaking onto the computer for largely the first time in a month to post this little bit to all and sundry so you know I have NOT fallen off the planet and am joyfully closing out one year in faith-filled anticipation for the next . . . bubbling over with so many stories I want to share with you all – oh!  The half has not been told!

Yes – you will be hearing about this little antique volume and what may come of it in the new year – with much more, I hope!

Joy to you all this post Christmas-tide – 
and a hopeful New Year, too!

Sharing ‘Tis the Season this week with Kathy’s Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life.

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. You have lots of christmas things, I like the plum pudding oil lamp and the tree looks beautiful.

  2. Oh this is a wonderful post and worth the wait; you have so many beautiful Christmas items. I like the nativity set on your mantel and the angels in the latter photos too.

  3. Lovey to have you back. I think you chose the wiser part. It’s good to rest and do and soak in the goodness of the season. I really enjoyed seeing all of your Christmas and vintage Christmas things. I also enjoyed seeing those Pilgrims. I’m very intrigued by your antique book there…wonder if I might find it for a Kindle Fire.

  4. So wonderful to have you back Kathyrn,
    I am just recently back after 11 months away. I took the time to really seek GOD and read His word…it was so very refreshing. I have always been close to Jesus and strong Faith but this was much deeper.
    I am very interested in your antique book…I love to read. I especially loved your Nativity set on your kitchen mantle…and well those Pilgrims, now they stole the show.
    hugs and have a Joyous New Year and may the LORD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR DEVOTION TO TEACHING CHILDREN

  5. I think enjoying life to the fullest is hands down the way to go over blogging…but I am glad you stopped to share your treasures and your Christmas joys. Each picture is great..the kids are great, I hope you are enjoying teaching them this year.

    Enjoy the New Year!!

  6. What a wonderful festive scene, and what a marvellous home you have! I love your finds – there is truly something for everyone. I was imagining you in a shop I visited in Zurich a couple of Christmases ago, it had the most enormous collection of tree ornaments I have ever seen and you would have been enthralled I think by an unexpected “find” or two to match the wonderful variety of your decor! that plum pudding light is incredible.

    Have a wonderful 2013!

  7. Hi Kathy, Thank you for your sweet comment about our cruise and post. We did have the most wonderful time. It is a blessing to us to be able to go on such an amazing trip to Europe.

    Your post is so darling from beginning to end. I love the wonderful teapots and fun thrift finds you shared. The plum pudding oil lamp is darling and so is the cardboard scene. I am very partial to the teapot with the birds as well.

    You definitely have a very busy life and I so understand the time it takes to blog. I am very glad you found the time to share with us.

    I am glad Christmas was a happy one and you found time to relax a bit. I too love to read.

    Wishes for a happy and healthy New Year are sent to you today.
    Love, Jeanne

  8. I just loved all your holiday decorations and the Plum Pudding is really cute! I know you had a beautiful Christmastime, and like me, you are probably still celebrating! I wish you and your family untold blessings, joy and peace, now and throughout the New Year!

  9. Hello Kathy,
    I love your post…I’m glad you were able to show us some of your Christmas decorations… they are beautiful.
    I hope you are refreshed and looking forward to the New Year.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  10. Merry Christmas Miss Kathy (and Ed…and family!) and a very Happy New Year! So happy to see you busy and taking off with your new ventures. Loved all of your thrifty goodies…we will have to go again this year when I come down to visit Dad.

    Enjoy your new start to 2013!

  11. I know how it can go with blogland. It really is a wonderful thing, but when the days are full and stress mounts it just seems so impractical. But “absence makes the heart fonder” right? I have come close {on those bad days} on saying to heck with the whole blog thing!! I don’t post or visit for a week…and then I start to miss it.
    I loved all your vintage decorations. Black Friday is bring-out-the-Christmas- decorations-day at our house too.
    Welcome back and Happy New Year!

  12. one more thing…
    I headed over to your husbands blog and read some posts. I commented on one, but I see he has not posted in awhile, and don’t know if he checks comments. You can tell him that I enjoyed what he had to say about Bible translations.

  13. Oh Miss Kathy, how lovely! Lots of pix to explore and drool over! It’s been hard for me to blog this season, just too many good times with lots of family and friends.
    A sweet Happy New Year to you and yours!

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