Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A Very Simple Montana Christmas

My sister and I started a new life in Montana this past July. We live right on the Bitterroot River where I see the bald eagles fly almost every day and hear the grand chorus of coyotes singing at night. The glorious snowy mountains are right out my front door and I feel the presence of God all around me.

We have no Christmas decorations, no lights, no dinner to make. But on a whim last night about 7 p.m. we cut some sprigs of thyme....

placed them in a vase and found some pom poms, kitty beads and bells...

 I made a tiny tree skirt....

Mary Sue added this one little very old rudolph ornament that she brought with her (that she glued a shiny red nose on - and it even glows in this pic!) 

and voila!! A LOVELY tree - and OH SO fragrant! 

Here is the night version.

And here is the absolutely stunning kaleidoscope version that we almost fell out of chairs over when we saw it! (I use Pixlr - a free online editor and had never tried this effect before!)

Then we sang and laughed until our bellies ached. Only my sister and I would ever be able to have such a spontaneous joyful moment together. The love runs deep in our blood and we thank God we share the essence of Christmas together - a love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

When all is stripped away at Christmas, and you have nothing but the simple beauty and depth of relationships to glory in, it's not hard to see the importance of that One special baby born this day long ago. 

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. And a kinder 2013 to America. 


  1. Oh WOW! How special :) Patty, you are such an inspiration to me, my muse lol You do such a great job at keeping me grounded and focused in on what is important. You have much to teach :) Merry Christmas to you and Mary! Love you and I love the kaleidoscope view also!

  2. that was beautiful! So glad you are happy!! Merry Christmas!

  3. Patty - I love all of it! What a beautiful tree you made and such wonderful and loving thoughts. Merry Christmas to both of you :)

  4. Patty and Mary - This is one of the sweetest Christmas stories about decorations I've seen.....it is full of love and life and beauty...it displays what both of you have inside your hearts....Praising God and saying 'Glory to God in the Highest and on Earth, Peace, Goodwill toward men.'
    Looking forward to 2013 with expectation to what God has for us all.....knowing that whatever we do for others it is as doing so for Jesus, our Saviour.....

    Blessings and Hugs you 2 - Can't wait to meet your both :):)
    love, Pauline

  5. This was wonderful. The laughs, the love, the beauty. You also found beauty in a few sprigs. Love all the pictures. The kaleidoscope one IS really pretty.
    Merry Christmas to all.

  6. Merry Christmas to you, Patty !

    Simple is grand, isn't it ? I had my snowman sculpture up with the animal ornaments you made for us last year... and i too had a rosemary moment... I was having myself a foot bath with some rosemary in it when after a while i suddenly woke up & realized i had taken a rare nap.

    Is that cute puppy living with you now ?

  7. Wow Patty, your story is terrific. What a great way to spend Christmas, basking in love and joy and the simple pleasure of living!