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The Joys of Christmas

Tina Specht

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, all the hustle and bustle was carrying about. I decided to take time out of my busy schedule and to reflect on this past year.  A lot has been going on. I love to go into time-out from time to time to rekindle my thoughts and make plans for the future. 

I am all done with buying and wrapping. I try to start early and try to finish early so I am not stressing about all that kind of stuff.  

My biggest joy at Christmas time is not about the presents, but just my family being together. I love to hang out and play lots of games and cook for my family. All the favorite recipes come out this time of year. The holiday baking will be going full force and all the things my boys love will be waiting every time they come.

We must not forget what this time of year is really about, Christ was born! Happy Birthday, Jesus! Thank you, Lord, that he was born and lived his life and died for us so we could have eternal life in heaven one day. This really makes me excited!  

I try each and every day to live my life as Christ would. I fall short each and every day but I get up the next day with a clean slate and try again.

This time of the year is very hard on a lot of people. Try to see that and be nice. No one knows what most have walked through or are walking through. There are two sides to every story and if you are not in it then it is none of your business.  

I feel it is our job to love people through whatever they are going through. I try to wake up each day with a new attitude and pray and speak that today is going to be a great day. You choose your day. Do things always work out the way you want them to? No, but you have the choice of how you react to everything.  

Sometimes we need to set boundaries for people. I am learning that now. In order to keep a healthy relationship, you must set boundaries. It helps all the way around.

So this holiday season, take a deep breath and relax. Spend time with the ones that don’t stress you out.  Have friends over that make you laugh. Laughter is the best medicine.

Make amends with family you haven’t talked to in a while. Life is short and you don’t want to have regrets. Love hard and forgive often. Remember that is what God does for all of us.

Shrimp and Crawfish Bisque Soup


1 stick of butter 

1 medium Onion diced 

4 stalk of Celery diced 

6 cloves Garlic minced 

2 can of cream mushroom soup

2 can of cream potato soup 

2 can of niblets corn (liquid and all) 

2 can of cream of corn (liquid and all) 

2 bag of crawfish tail (in the frozen section) 

1 pound of peel and devein shrimp 

1 qt half n half 

1 tsp Tony 

2 Capful of crab boiled (the liquid) — I like it spicy. If you don’t like it too spicy just add 1 capful 


Put everything in crockpot except the crawfish and peeled shrimp and half&half. I usually sauté the onion and celery in 1 stick of butter first in a sauté pan then add to crockpot. Cook on low for 4 hrs. In the last 30 minutes before serving add the crawfish tails and peel shrimp and half&half. You don’t want to add the crawfish tail or shrimp too early because it gets overcooked and doesn’t taste good. Cook low for 4 hours.