Friday, November 27, 2009

Ten Commandments of Christmas

What a fabulous Thanksgiving!  My family gathered for the turkey day trinity of family, food and football!  All three gave me much to be thankful for and certainly gave me strength for today...Black Friday!  Okay, I wasn't one of the super industrious shoppers that started at midnight in my pajamas or camped out in front of a store to be one of the lucky few to get what ever the most sought-after yet very limited gift of this season may be, but I did spend some time bargain hunting for just the right gifts for all those on my list.

Tomorrow we'll climb into the attic to retrieve the Christmas decorations and begin "decking our halls."  Or should I be addressing the cards or wrapping gifts or making the menus? Oh...there is so much to do, and it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations that we forget the real importance of this season.

A while ago, I came across the "Ten Commandments for Christmas."  Simple ideas that help me keep the spirit of Christmas central to our family celebrations.  I hope they help you make the most of this glorious season.

Ten Commandments for Christmas

1. Thou shalt prepare early: Don’t wait until the last minute to get into the Christmas spirit.

2. Thou shalt keep Christ at the center of Christmas: Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the commercialism of the season. Resolve to read one of the gospels during December, and meditate upon what it means that Christ came into the world.

3. Thou shalt make Christmas a family time: Do things together. Decorate the tree, play games, bake cookies, shop, write cards, have devotionals, go caroling, attend church together.

4. Thou shalt remember those who are less fortunate: Contribute significantly to an organization serving the needs of others throughout the year. Give a Christmas gift to your church.

5. Thou shalt give thyself with every gift: Put some thought into the gifts you purchase. Give a gift that represents you. If possible, make something instead of buying something.

6. Thou shalt learn to be a good receiver: Many of us have trouble receiving graciously and gracefully.

7. Thou shalt put music into Christmas : Buy several Christmas CD’s and play them again and again. Attend church choir cantatas and special Christmas programs. Sing carols with loved ones.

8. Thou shalt slow down: Remember Christmas is supposed to be a season of peace, not hypertension.

9. Thou shalt remember to worship. The church is the place you are most likely to be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.

10. Thou shalt receive Christ into thy life: Don’t just talk about the Christ of Christmas; receive Him into your life as Lord and Savior.

--Author Unknown

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It's Happening in the Neighborhood!

Since school started, life here in Lake Travis has been so busy, I feel as if I've been running from one thing to the next!  Okay, so if you know me, you know that I don't run, but I do walk, and I would like to encourage you to join me as I make my way to some of the many wonderful events happening right here in the Lake Travis Community this Saturday.  You can get fit, shop and dine all for your benefit and for the good of your Lake Travis friends.

You can start your day in a healthy way by participating in the 4th Annual Shake a Leg at the Lake.  This fun community event benefits Lakeway's Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor's Fitness Council of Lakeway.  You can participate at the fitness level that best suits you.  Beginning at 8:30 am you can enjoy a 1 Mile Mosey, or if you are feeling more adventurous, the recreational and competitive 5K runs begin at 9:00am.  For the first time this year, there is a 10K route through scenic Rough Hollow for the really outgoing athletes!  This event is for your entire family. For registration and details visit

Once you've cooled off, attend the first ever Friends of the Library Holiday Craft Sale benefitting the Lake Travis Community Library. The sale will be held this Saturday from 10a.m. - 2p.m. at 2300 Lohman's Spur, Suite 100 - just outside the library. Choose among many different one-of-a-kind handmade items such as jewelry, scarves, belts, purses, quilts, holiday cards, candles, home decor and more.  A special selection of gift and craft books will also be available.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get a jump on buying unique Christmas gifts for your family and friends while supporting the Library. So come visit the Lake Travis Community Library this Saturday and check it out! 

To wrap up a wonderful day, make your way over to the Lakeway Activity Center for the 2009 Lake Travis Food and Wine Show.  Sponsored by Two Hot Mama's Salsa from 5pm - 9pm on Saturday, you can sample fine cuisine and delectable drinks from restaurants and wineries in the Lake Travis community.  Area retailers will also provide a sneak preview of some of the seasons most wonderful holiday gifts.  Entertainment will be provided by the Lake Travis High School Jazz Band, and local chefs will provide cooking demonstrations.  Bring your family and friends and enjoy a relaxing evening where you can casually mingle, taste, and enjoy fabulous entertainment!  Door prizes will be given away every hour during the show, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Lake Travis High School Jazz Ensemble.  There will be something for everyone!  Advance online discount tickets are available at Tickets at the door $20-Adults (21 and older), $10-Young Adults, $3-Children (11 and under).

The perfect ending to your weekend or a great beginning for your week is the Thanksgiving Benefit Concert on Sunday, November 15th at 2:30pm at the Lake Travis United Methodist Church.  This community concert benefits the Lake Travis Crisis Ministries and features the choirs of LTUMC, The Lakeway Church and Emmaus Catholic Church.  The concert will also feature the handbell ensembles from LTUMC and Lakeway Church, a combined youth choir from LTUMC and Lakeway Church, and guest instrumentalists Lori Maillart (flute), Alicebeth Trappe (trumpet), CJ Menge and Matt Ehler (percussion).   The Lake Travis Crisis Ministries provides assistance to people in need in the Lake Travis area.  100% of your donation at the concert will be given to the Crisis Ministries.  Come enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music while supporting your neighbors in need.

I hope to see you running around the neighborhood this weekend...Enjoy!