Christmas Tips for Busy Moms

Taken from my “Real Moms of West Michigan” segment with Tommy and Brook on Star 105.7

It’s the Christmas season, and Star 105.7 is the Christmas station so it’s time for some real mom tips for an easier Christmas!

  • Shop online, the deals are amazing this year so take advantage of not having to haul gifts out to the car!
  • If you’re entertaining, take advantage of timesavers. Order the local deli’s side salad or the bakery’s famous pie to complement your main course.
  • Right now…or at least sometime today Moms, put an empty envelope in your purse for Christmas receipts, then you’ll have them all in one place.
  • Know when to say no. Do I even need to elaborate on this one?!
  • Make gift giving special by giving events instead of just gifts; concert or movie tickets, gift cards to their favorite restaurants, pedicure, massage, gift certificate with a photographer…don’t give just a gift, give an event!

Remember above all, what the season is about: love, family and hope!

Listen to this broadcast here: Christmas Tips for Busy Moms

I gave you some helpful Christmas hints on this post too: Christmas Gift Ideas

You can listen to my ‘Real Moms of West Michigan’ segments on Star 105.7 with Tommy and Brook every Tuesday morning around 7:05 AM. If you are not in the West Michigan area you can listen on iHeart radio

 

Christmas Carol Lyrics

Tonight I’m heading out with a few friends to take part in CSI (Caroling Stars Initiative) through STAR 105.7’s incentive to get people out caroling and spreading the Christmas cheer.

It’s going to be a rainy soggy night but we’ve decided to go out anyways and stop in a couple nursing homes.

I was looking for music and realized how difficult it was to find the lyrics without a million pop ups so I thought I’d put together a post for you to use also.

If you would like a pdf file to print, email me and I’d be happy to send you one.
I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Jingle Bells

James Pierpont. publ.1857

Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh,
Over the fields we go, laughing all the way;
Bells on bob-tail ring, making spirits bright,
What fun it is to ride and sing, A sleighing song tonight, O

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh (repeat)

A day or two ago, I thought I’d take a ride,
And soon Miss Fanny Bright, was seated by my side;
The horse was lean and lank; misfortune seemed his lot;
He got into a drifted bank, and we, we got upsot.O

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way!
O What fun it is to ride, in a one-horse open sleigh. (repeat)

Deck The Halls

Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Tis the season to be jolly
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Don we now our gay apparel
Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.

Troll the ancient Yule-tide carol
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

See the blazing Yule before us.
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Follow me in merry measure.
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

While I tell of Yule-tide treasure.
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Fast away the old year passes.
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Hail the new year, lads and lasses
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Sing we joyous, all together.
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Heedless of the wind and weather.
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Joy To The World

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

O Come, ALL Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels!

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing, alleluia,
All ye choirs of angels;
O sing, all ye blissful ones of heav’n above.
Glory to God -In the highest glory!

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be the glory giv’n;
Word of the Father,
Now in the flesh appearing,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Silent Night

Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright,
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild.
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly host sing, Alleluia,
Christ, the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light,
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

Twelve Days Of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven swans a swimming,
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eight maids a milking,
Seven swans a swimming,
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a milking,
Seven swans a swimming,
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Ten lords a leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a milking,
Seven swans a swimming,
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a milking,
Seven swans a swimming,
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a milking,
Seven swans a swimming,
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’ angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem.”

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!
Christ, by highest heav’n adored:
Christ, the everlasting Lord;

Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the favored one.
Veil’d in flesh, the Godhead see;
Hail, th’incarnate Deity:
Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!
Hail! the heav’n-born Prince of peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die:
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!



Merry Christmas

(L to R- Matt, me, Mark, Mom Cramer, Josh, Lauren-on Josh’s shoulders, Dad Cramer and Stephanie.)

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas…I’m still a bit loopy from all the busy-ness, but it was a wonderful weekend!

Blessings to you and yours,
Sue

Decking the Halls

BooMamaChristmasTour


It’s that time of year again, here’s a peek into the Cramer Christmas pad.

It’s looking like it will be a white Christmas here in Michigan, yay!

Our First Christmas 1987, can hardly believe I just celebrated 21 years with my best friend.


Lot’s of joy in this house!


Lauren doing the Jingle Bell Rock.


One of my favorite decorations, this picture of a snowman ~ “praising the Lord”!
All he needs is a cup of hot coffee…well maybe a vanilla bean frappacino instead…


The family room.


The living room.

And because so many of you have been asking about the Christmas Gala
that I spoke at, here is a picture of when I told the story of my
Worship Accident
The evening was wonderful, what an amazing bunch of women! They were precious.
And the best part was that no one

threw any shoes at me!!


And here is the reason that we fuss and bother, though sometimes we forget.
I pray that we would not leave the precious baby in the manger,
but embrace Him in our hearts and lives forever.

Thank you for stopping by Praise and Coffee today.

I wish you and your family a beautiful Christmas
and Happy New Year.

Thanks Boomama for doing all the work once again!

Time to Simplify Your Holidays

Lauren is on this new kick of asking me about the time. She walks up and serious as can be asks, “Mom, what time is it?”
It always makes me laugh because she knows nothing about time yet, but apparently she has figured out that this is something enquiring minds need to know.

That leads me to my post subject. Let me ask you, what time is it? If you guessed, time to prepare for Christmas you are correct.
I know, I know it seems to come earlier every year, but once Halloween is over, it’s really time to get moving.
This was impressed on me even more as I read a post over at my friend Susan’s place.
I want to share it with you and encourage you to start early, take you time and enjoy the true reason for the season.

While you’re over there, hang out a while, Susan is a great hostess!

Christmas Day 2007

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
We have been with family and friends for the past 4 days and just loving every minute.

I finally got my camera back so here’s some pictures from today.

Lauren waiting patiently for the kids to get up so she can open presents.
This is her first year handing out the gifts- FORE!
(Yes, it IS hurling through the air across the room to her brother.)
Daddy got a mug with the kid’s picture on it.
Lauren was thrilled to get her own pink motorcycle helmet and goggles,
she wore them most of the day.
AND a two wheel bike! Good thing she had that helmet.
She had to make sure I saw the smile,
so she lifted the helmet for me.
Making dinner.
My sons with their precious little 3 year old sister!

Now she’s shy?!

Grandma gave Lauren her own apron.

Getting ready for dinner.

My hallway is now a race track.

A long day of partying makes a girl (and her Daddy) awfully tired!

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!
Sue

PS: Another giveaway starting January 1st!!

The Power of Christmas ~ Green and Red

This will wrap up (no pun intended!) the series on The Power of Christmas and the signs and symbols of the season that point us to our Savior. If you want a free CD copy of this full message, email your home address to me.

The colors of Christmas, green and red, we see them everywhere! But they mean so much more than deck the halls to me!

GREEN
The color green is so symbolic to us. It represents life, new life and growth.

Think about the green Christmas tree, it may have gone through years of hard winters and scorching summers, but it stays green.

A wonderful reminder to us that we WILL go through tough times, but God can sustain us and we will grow through these times if we put our roots deep into Him and His Word.
We can weather the storms and still remain “green.”

At the end of our drive we have a row of pine trees. The ones on the left get water from our underground sprinkling, the ones on the right do not. They are all green and growing, but the ones that get regular watering are much taller and more lush than the other side.
It is the same for us.
If we are regularly “watered” in God’s Word, we will thrive and not just survive!

RED

The color red brings me to the blood of Jesus. Oh that precious blood! That blood changed it all for mankind.

1 John 1:7
7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.
NIV

That blood took away our sins and still does today.

Eph 2:13
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
NIV


Could there be any more beautiful words than that?!

We have been brought near to Him by the blood of Jesus.
By the most unselfish of actions in all of time!
He gave His life for you and I.
So that we could be brought near to our incredible, amazing Creator, God.

I went much deeper into the discussion about blood of Jesus at the church I spoke at and you can get a copy of that CD free by emailing me your home address.

But for today, let’s just think about and rejoice in the fact that the blood He shed brought us near to Him.

I pray that you receive the life that the blood of Jesus offers you.
If you’ve never done so, go to Him right now in prayer.
Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge that He is the Lord.
Thank Him that Jesus Christ is the son of God sent for you!

If you are a believer already, rejoice today!

Celebrate the Savior this Christmas and always!

When you see the colors of Christmas,
let them bring your heart to Him!
To His blood shed for you and the new life He offers!!!!!

Blessings and Merry Christmas to all of you.
Sue

Here is one of my favorite songs to enjoy on this most holy night.

The Power of Christmas ~ Lights!

Continuing a series that I spoke at Eagles Nest Church. If you would like a free CD copy, email your home address to me.

I love Christmas lights! As you can see by my Christmas tree (see previous post). As I put my tree up I layer tons of lights on every branch. They are so beautiful to me!
Lights, candles… I love them all.

Apparently the Lord does too!
He refers to Himself as THE light.

John 12:46
I have come into the world as a light,
so that no one who believes in me
should stay in darkness.
NIV

Have you ever known darkness? I have. I have walked through times in my life that were so dark it took every ounce of faith I had to reach out to the Lord.
Times of pain, heartache and loneliness.

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people,
He said,”I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.”
NIV

It was in those times of darkness that I found Him to be Hope to me. He was light to my darkness.

Life can break your heart. God can heal it.

Picture a gymnasium. All the lights are turned out, it’s pitch black. Then in the middle of the room someone lights a tiny match. Even though the darkness is much greater…it can not hold back the light.
Light always dispels the darkness!

When we open our hearts to God, we let His light shine on us and no darkness can overtake His light. Hope will spring forth out of the darkest times if we look to Him.

He is life, He is joy, He is hope, He IS light!

One of my favorite verses:
Rom 15:13
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
NIV


When you see all the Christmas lights this season, think about Him, He is the true Light of Life!!!

If you would like a free CD copy of this message, email your home address to me!

Merry Christmas From My House!


As part of Boomama’s Tour of Homes, here’s mine:

First let me apologize, my camera was left at a friends house by the daughter and I had to use another one, sorry about the blurriness and poor quality- makes me crazy! But I had a deadline.

Welcome to my home,
so glad you’re finally here for coffee!


Twelve hours after this, I had a half foot of snow on the walk! 🙂

As we sit and sip our coffee with Nestle’s French Vanilla Cream (or hot cocoa if you prefer), you would see this on top of my cupboards, one of my favorite things-my violin (that I did not play but picked up at an estate sale!)

Please help yourself to a cookie- I promise they taste better than the picture looks!!! I had to pull these out of the freezer where they are hidden so the family doesn’t eat them all in one day!
(Recipe at the end of post).


This is made from a few of last years Christmas cards:

This is our family room (note the wild 3 year old in the second picture!) 🙂



This is from the dining room, looking into the living room, catching the dog sleeping on the couch! “Get down from there Macy!” (Who am I fooling- she’s there all the time!)


And the tree!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Thank you Boomama for hosting this!

Sugar Cookie Recipe:

Cream together:
1 cup butter & 2 cups sugar

Mix:
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
Add to above.

Add:
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
3 1/2 cups flour
Mix all together and refridgerate for 2 hours.

Roll out and cut into shapes.
Bakc at 350* for 8-10 minutes.

Cool, top with icing and sprinkles.

Icing:
1 box powdered sugar
2-3 Tbls. melted butter
1 tsp ALMOND flavoring
Dash of salt
A little milk til you get the right texture.

Merry Christmas from the White House

I found this in my mailbox yesterday:


OK! Maybe it wasn’t in MY mailbox! 😛

But it IS a very beautiful card this year.
Instead of the usual holiday and season’s greetings, the President and Mrs. Bush chose a powerful verse out of Nehemiah:

Nehemiah 9:6
You alone are the LORD.
You made the heavens,
even the highest heavens,
and all their starry host,
the earth and all that is on it,
the seas and all that is in them.
You give life to everything,
and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
NIV

Isn’t that cool?!

Then their greeting says:

” May the joy of all creation
fill your heart this blessed season
2007″

Good stuff!

When I do get mine, I’ll post it (don’t hold your breath)!

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