Greg Howlett is giving away his new Christian piano/orchestration CD, Portraits of Hope, at GregHowlett.com. I’ve been listening to it, and it’s beautiful! I wish I could put the sample recordings here so you could listen to it. But here are the instructions for your own free download:
Download link: http://www.greghowlett.com/portraitsdownload.aspx
I’ve written before about our tradition of Christmas in July, which is closely linked to our tradition of White Christmas (which happens in December). Well, this year I almost had a post entitled, “The Year It Almost Wasn’t Christmas In July”.
Since July 25 came on a Saturday this year, our usual group couldn’t make it. Husbands and other plans got in the way, not to mention that 2 of our usual group now live 1200+ miles from here!! We just about decided to cancel Christmas in July, but I texted Dannye Reigh and asked if she would be up for a party of just the two of us (and Mama, if she wanted to participate). Dannye was game, so we threw everything together at the last minute and held Christmas in July, 2009!
Much to our surprise and joy, Emily and Pamela planned Christmas in July in their homes, too! It was so neat to text and call each other throughout the day! Emily’s party included her entire family, while Pamela’s was just her and Will.
Our day was a bit unusual. Mama wasn’t feeling well at all, and couldn’t enjoy anything, nor remember anything. I really felt bad for her. Dad mostly slept through everything, which can be vexing, because every once in awhile he looks up and says “What?!” Then we either have to explain something or tell him we weren’t talking to him. This can get tiring.
We also had to watch our movie in bits. A couple of years ago, we decided that we would watch “White Christmas” for our December party, and “Holiday Inn” for Christmas in July. “White Christmas is a remake of “Holiday Inn” and we were trying to watch them both in one day, but it really got long. So we came up with this plan and it has worked pretty well.
Aunt K and Missy came over, so we paused while we visited with them awhile. Then Bill came home, and we paused while we caught up on his day. But we did finally watch the whole movie, and it was still as sweet as it always is! (I still get mad at Ted Hanovr (Fred Astaire) every time I see this movie, especially when he and Linda Mason (?) jump through the Valentine decoration, tearing it up, before the party even begins!)
Since our party was pretty last-minute, the decorations were very slim, as was the food. But we really did have a good time!
Here are a few pictures!
Just so you’ll know we didn’t starve, I added chips and French onion dip to the menu!
It was a cool 98 degrees today, and not much cooler in the house – remember, I live with old people!
Even in July, I am thankful that Jesus put on flesh and was born on this earth to save me, a sinner!
God bless your day!