I woke up this morning to a beautiful snowy scene outside. Fat, puffy flakes floating gently through the air. Not like last night when the wind drove hard little pellets against my face. I have been busy making sure that fall 2011 is not the frantic race against the clock that it was this year. We have started on the stockings. I have set up a work schedule. I have sorted inventory and packaged products for next fall. I have made several batches of candles. Cinnamon Stick candles continue to be a challenge. They just will not stay lit no matter what I do. I think we are going to have to drop them from our line. I hate to do it because I love the scent. I have made tiny steps on organizing the basement. Howard said he would help with lighting if I got things straightened up down there. I have discovered that cleaning is much easier if everything has a designated spot. Most people learn that early in life. Well, better late than never.
Christmas was great here. During the break the girls and I managed to get in two shopping trips. I wish I had taken pics. I had the camera along, but just never got it out.
Word of the day:
The Epiphany of the Lord - Solemnity
Today the Church celebrates : St. Basil the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church († 379), Saint Gregory Nazianzen, Bishop and Doctor of the Church († c. 390), St Macarius of Alexandria, anchorite († 394)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 2:1-12.
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage." When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet: 'And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel.'" Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star's appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage." After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.
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