Butterbeer Surprise

Wednesday the YW came to help wrap gifts for service. Afterward, back to the Homestead for hot chocolate and to share Christmas memories. Keith had the YM over for S’more by the fire. A few extra heat lamps and they stayed pretty warm out there bundled up. Set up the outdoor movie screen and they watched the animated Grinch movie then stargazer with the telescope. Sounds like it was worth being out in the cold.

Someone shocked us today with a $1000 donation to our Christmas Project. I loved that a couple of the Volunteers got to experience this. Not an everyday occurrence for sure.

Friday afternoon the boys came down to the Warehouse to help. Made Scotcharoos and Rice Krispy Treats with green and red M&Ms. I really appreciated them being here with me. Busy Elves making hot chocolates for evening. The smiles are contagious. Keith showed up with a few of his friends with a delivery of Butterbeer! I think that was the most animated I have seen the Volunteers, coming to get their bottle of Butterbeer 😂

A little background here. Keith makes his own Rootbeer. Started as a hobby a long time ago. Over the last few years it has become a serious thing. He has mentioned a few times branching out into Orange, Grape, Cream and Cherry sodas. Even mentioned trying to make Butterbeer but he often says something and then it’s awhile later after you forget about it when he springs something on you. I will admit it was pretty awesome. This opens all kinda of possibilities for the Halloween Event in 2021.

Saturday Elfed until 3 then came home to watch the BYU basketball and football games. A few friends came by to have Hoagies for Game Day. After a few disappointments by BYU this past week they looked really good. Some restored faith lol. The black uniforms are growing on me. A win helps 😂

Go Cougars!
The Black Uniforms

The Christmas Season is a magical time of the year. For some not so much for a variety of reasons. Many are lonely, ill, have lost loved ones, jobs or the Holidays are a depressing time. When hard circumstances surround us it can be difficult to see far. I want you to know you are loved. Never forget that. A couple of tricks I have learned and others have shared with me to pass along. Look outward. Find a simple way to lift another. A phone call, text. smile all go a long way. Putting someone else first strengthens us in unexpected ways. Write down what you are grateful for. Appreciation expands our vision. Go out of your way. Shovel someone’s driveway, send an anonymous note, anything as doing elevates our mental disposition. Here is a link to a song I like that really reminds me of what’s going on around us right now. Matchbox 20 – These Hard Times https://youtu.be/zMCx9Pu3rKY Here are the lyrics

Morning falls like rain into the city life
There goes another night
Losing my breath in waves
Knowing that ever crash is bleeding the hourglass
And taking the strife, from all our lives. Everyone keeps talking
They promise you everything
But they don’t mean anything. We may loose our focus
There’s just too many words
We’re never meant to learn
And we don’t feel so alive. Say goodbye, these days are gone
And we can’t keep holding on
When all we need is some relief
Through these hard times
Through these hard times. Move your hands in circles
Keeping me hypnotized
The power behind your eyes. Move around your bedroom cursing the naked sky
You should be here tonight
But you stay alone and cry. Say goodbye, these days are gone
And we can’t keep holding on
When all we need is some relief
Through these hard times
(Whoa) There’s something missing
(Oh whoa) You’ll never feel it but you
(Oh whoa) You’re gonna feel it when it’s gone
When it’s gone. Say goodbye, these days are gone
And we can’t keep holding on
When all we need is some relief
Through these hard times
(Hey) these hard times
(Oh no, no) hard times
Hard times. Say goodbye, these days are gone
Say goodbye, these days are gone
These days are gone.

I love the Christmas Season. Perhaps it is because I get lost in the Miracles. Keep it simple and be blessed.

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