Friday’s Fave Five

christmas FFF

It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

It’s the first Friday of the last month of the year! And here are some of the best parts of the last week:

1. Christmas decorating was especially fun this year with Timothy, age 3 1/2. He brought his toy saw to help us cut one down. πŸ™‚


Then we went home to put the “ormanents” on and “so many colors” of lights. Throughout the morning he kept saying he was “having so much fun!”


Mittu made grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for us. I’m so grateful the whole family helps with this – it would take days if I had to do it by myself, and would be a lot less fun.

It was fun discovering ornaments in unexpected places. Timothy had some new ideas about decorating!



Years ago the house where we lived had a hook in the ceiling, I think for a hanging lamp from a previous owner. One year one of the boys hung a snowflake ornament there, and that became a tradition. We don’t have such a hook in this house, so they improvised.


2. Dusting cloths. I use a Swiffer duster for most things, but some of them benefit more from a little more attention. I usually use the dust spray and an old tee shirt, but decided to try these. They worked great!


3. Non-Christmasy Christmas snacks. I don’t know how we got started having these around Christmas, usually shortly after putting up the tree. We could get them any time of year – but we only want them at Christmas.


Chocolate covered potato chips are new to me and surprisingly good, unfortunately. I say unfortunately because they are ridiculously expensive. But I guess that’s good, because it will deter me from getting them too often.


4. Turkey Bone Soup is a tradition a few days after Thanksgiving. Yum!

5. Celebrating my friend Melanieβ€˜s birthday by going out to lunch.

Happy first day of December to you!

11 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. I loved looking at all your festive photos!! Timothy is sweet and i love his smile.

    Omgosh i refuse to buy fake cheese in a can and chocolate chips. NO WAY!!! My daughter tried to get me to eat chocolate pretzels and i said NO and so far i have been good. chocolate covered almonds though…..oh my!!! Yum.

    Those pepperidge farm choclate sticks are a tradition here for Xmas eve!! We have some with popcorn and hot drinks while watching White Xmas after church. I just love traditions at Xmas time.

    Have a blessed start to the Advent season, Barbara. wouldn’t it be fun to meet each other and susanne and all the other FFF people some day?? I guess in heaven we will!

  2. Hmmmm … not sure I would like the chocolate potato chips — but they’re definitely interesting πŸ™‚ I just love your photos and commentary on Timothy. I almost feel like he’s my own honorary grandson! He is adorable, and I can imagine that “ornaments” is a pretty hard word to pronounce. I usually also just use a rag to dust. I may treat myself to some of those Pledge wipes!

  3. I just LOVE your family’s decorating style with ornaments all around — and the snowflake on the ceiling! My 3 year old granddaughter lives out of state. Missing her so this year, as I know that she is just head over heels about Christmas.

  4. Love your newest helper’s decorating ideas. How fun that the (nearby) family made decorating a group affair. Salt and chocolate sound like a great combo to me. I am also glad that they are expensive as I don’t need another snack treat to LOVE. I forgot all about Easy Cheese. We call it Fun Cheese in our house. I am putting that on my shopping list.
    Thanks for sharing about dusting cloths. I get a reaction to so many sprays that this sounds like a good alternative to me.
    Turkey soup – YUMMM.
    Have a blessed week.

  5. The Anne of Green Gables chocolate store sells chocolate covered potato chips – way way too good!! And highly addictive!

    So fun to have the whole family over to decorate. A lovely tradition! I haven’t even picked out my tree yet yet alone putting it up! How do you keep it from drying out? We usually put it up on the 10th which is our son’s bday.

    Good tip on the duster – it would probably work well on stove soot which is quite greasy and gets everywhere. The downside of woodstoves.

    Hope you have a great week Barbara!

  6. Love your new header! Don’t little ones add a lot of joy to us at this time of the year? They are so much fun! Chicken in a Bisket was always our son’s favorite and he passed it on to his two girls. πŸ™‚
    Loved it that Timothy took his toy saw with him to help with the cutting. πŸ™‚

  7. What a fun week with Timothy! He could go into business decorating for people!
    No chocolate covered potato chips for me–I can’t go near a plain potato chip–“can’t eat just one!”
    I hope you’re having a great week. I didn’t get to post FFF last week but wanted to stop by and share others’ joys.

  8. I like these little family traditions — thanks for sharing them πŸ™‚ Love that Timothy is participating more and more, and with some of his own inventions. My mom and I would call the price of the chips a “calorie-saving device”.

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