Christmas in Texas

 

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It's Christmas in Texas!

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May your Holy Days be Merry and Bright
Holy Days fast approaching
Madrigal Dinner Update
Fall Again?
Only Canned Tuna Till Next Year
Original work from Heather's Hobbies

Christmas is my favorite time of year and of course, Texas is my favorite place to spend the holiday. I created this site to share the joy of Christmas in Texas with families like yours. Along with a list of family activities and events throughout the state, I've included Christmas stories, holiday recipes, Christmas songs, crafts and a collection of articles to help you make the most of your time and money in your holiday planning. From time to time I also feature articles on Texas craftsmen, family traditions, and Texas celebrations, businesses that are unique to Texas.

You'll want to so you don't miss the daily blog updates below to stay informed of holiday related news and events in Texas. I also continually update the Christmas stories, recipes, songs, crafts, holiday hints and articles--so check back often.

And whatever else you do, appreciate one another and have a happy and safe holiday with your family.

Lanore Dixon

May your Holy Days be Merry and Bright

My main website has been down and I've not been able to update this site due to the same issue.  I hope this is resolved quickly as it is after all the time of year where we experience the highest traffic.

Well, Madrigal has come and gone.  According to my daughter it will be her last year in the play—she says she wants to graduate before she's ninety...I can appreciate that.  So now we have 26 days to Christmas and I have to admit, I have done almost no shopping.  Next weekend my daughter is coming down and we're going out to Sunset Hill Tree Farm to select our fresh Christmas tree.  It's usually something we do as a family, but our other daughter has to be in San Antonio for a baby shower and we just couldn't find a place in our schedule when we would all be free to do it.

Well, we'll have to make do without her.  This is the way our economy runs these days: Families just don't get the luxury of being together for all their holiday traditions anymore.  

Our oldest daughter visited Ireland this summer for a writing class she is taking.  She said most of the shops close around 5 pm so that people are actually home having dinner with their families in the evenings.  Remember when that's how it was here in America?  Family values is a nifty term, but it doesn't really seem to work in the same context as our economic values.  Too bad.

At any rate, Christmas is fast approaching and I'm trying to create some gifts with photographs.  It's wonderful to have photo software that allows you to bleep out discordant items in photo backgrounds.  I'm going to customize some picture frames suitable to the tastes of people on my Christmas list.  I'll take some shots of these and post them on the craft page when I'm done.

In the meantime, happy holidays, merry Christmas, happy Chanukah, happy Kwanzaa, joyful Yule to those who celebrate these holy days.  If I missed your particular holy day, please let me know.  I don't intend to annoy anyone or overlook anyone's holy days. Life used to be so simple...nowadays, even expressing good tidings can get you in trouble. We should all lighten up.

Blessings,
Lanore

Holy Days fast approaching

My main website has been down and I've not been able to update this site due to the same issue.  I hope this is resolved quickly as it is after all the time of year where we experience the highest traffic.

Well, Madrigal has come and gone.  According to my daughter it will be her last year in the play—she says she wants to graduate before she's ninety...I can appreciate that.  So now we have 26 days to Christmas and I have to admit, I have done almost no shopping.  Next weekend my daughter is coming down and we're going out to Sunset Hill Tree Farm to select our fresh Christmas tree.  It's usually something we do as a family, but our other daughter has to be in San Antonio for a baby shower and we just couldn't find a place in our schedule when we would all be free to do it.

Well, we'll have to make do without her.  This is the way our economy runs these days: Families just don't get the luxury of being together for all their holiday traditions anymore.  

Our oldest daughter visited Ireland this summer for a writing class she is taking.  She said most of the shops close around 5 pm so that people are actually home having dinner with their families in the evenings.  Remember when that's how it was here in America?  Family values is a nifty term, but it doesn't really seem to work in the same context as our economic values.  Too bad.

At any rate, Christmas is fast approaching and I'm trying to create some gifts with photographs.  It's wonderful to have photo software that allows you to bleep out discordant items in photo backgrounds.  I'm going to customize some picture frames suitable to the tastes of people on my Christmas list.  I'll take some shots of these and post them on the craft page when I'm done.

In the meantime, happy holidays, merry Christmas, happy Chanukah, happy Kwanzaa, joyful Yule to those who celebrate these holy days.  If I missed your particular holy day, please let me know.  I don't intend to annoy anyone or overlook anyone's holy days. Life used to be so simple...nowadays, even expressing good tidings can get you in trouble. We should all lighten up.

Blessings,
Lanore

Madrigal Dinner Update

The weatherman promised and it was delivered.  Ah…a nice, crisp cold front!  It's about time!  I have so much energy when it's cold!  

I wanted to update folks on the Madrigal Dinner at University of Texas at Austin.  The show will be performed November 17-20. Tickets go on sale October 18th and as I've said before, they sell out FAST.  So don't wait to make your reservation.  You can purchase tickets at the Frank Irwin Center in Austin, or online at Texas Box Office .  

Fall Again?

The weather man says we're in for another change in the weather.  This time I hope it stays instead of the days lazing their way back into summer.  I'm ready for some cooler weather!  Ready to make soup and big crusty loaves of bread and pumpkin pie!  It just wouldn’t' be proper to cook such things in a tank top and shorts with all the windows open and the fans blowin' full blast.  Here it is October and none of us have put away our sandals!  What kind of weather is that?  Texas weather, I guess.

I've got some events to add to the events page.  The first is the International Accordion Festival held the weekend of Oct 15, 2005 in San Antonio.  Now that sounds like a truly Texan event and if anyone goes, I'd sure appreciate a report about it.

Then there is the San Antonio New World Wine and Food Festival beginning on November 1-6, 2005.  Well, I can't think of anything that sounds more delicious than a wine and food festival in San Antonio.  After all, San Antonio has the best food in Texas, maybe the entire country.  Well, I can't be sure about the entire country, because I've not eaten in every state.  But I've eaten all over Texas and there is more great food concetrated in San Antonio than any other city I've ever been in Texas.  So, check that out if you can.  Sounds fabulous.

Well, by this time tomorrow, I hope to have good reason to put my sandals away for the year.

Only Canned Tuna Till Next Year

Well, I cannot conceal my disappointment.  One of my favorite Christmas activities has already gone by for the year and I didn't get to participate.  Oh well, at least there's still the DVD.  I'm talking about Tuna Christmas, the pure Texan play performed by those Austin wonders, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams.  Sadly, the play has moved on to other states, with Texas  performances sewed up in late September.  September seems a bit early for a Christmas play, but I suspect those Tuna guys are used to playing to packed houses no matter what time of year.  I know I start watching my "Tuna Christmas" VHS as early as August some years.



So,you can still see the Tuna guys in Texas this Christmas, only on DVD.  Here's a link to their show schedule.

Even though I'm too late to see the play this year, "Tuna Christmas" is still part of my holiday tradition.  I bake cookies, make Christmas candy, and decorate while I watch those Tuna guys.  

Each year I try to wear something in the fashion of Bertha Bumiller.  Bertha has a few years on me, (not to mention quite a number of pounds) but I absolutely adore her style.  My kids say this is true just so I can annoy them…maybe.  Year before last I tried to make some poinsettia earrings like Bertha wears, but they turned out so big that the poinsettias lay flat across my face instead of  standing up nicely like Bertha's.  (Of course, she has the benefit of that giant bouffant hairdo).

Anyway, I asked Hubby and the kids if they'd get me some Bertha earrings for Christmas last year.  I cannot tell you how delighted I was last year when I arrived home unexpectedly from the grocery store to find my husband making me a pair of poinsettia earrings like Bertha's.  I swear, I was so touched, I nearly cried. (I'm not making this up!)  I think that was the sweetest gift any man ever gave a woman.

Here's a picture of me wearing a giant smile with my big ol' Bertha earrings the night he gave them to me. Neither of us could wait till Christmas!

Anyway, I hope you get a chance to see Tuna Christmas with those fabulous Tuna guys.  Whether you see them live on stage or on DVD, after you've seen "A Tuna Christmas," I'm sure you'll agree that Christmas will never be the same without them!

Original work from Heather's Hobbies

Here's some original art work from Heather Amis of Heather's Hobbies.  Heather had other gorgeous painted cowheads on display at Pioneer Days, but I couldn't get them all.  


Heather also had a vast collection of her unique mirrored mobiles and a nice assortment of dreamcatchers.  Her designs are all original and much in demand. If you'd like to place an order, you can contact Heather by email at heydah@yahoo.com.
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