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Everyone LOVES Christmas ❤️ Even the Pets 🐈 🐕

We had such a relaxing, pleasant Christmas Day! We watched movies with our parents, opened a few presents, ate Lunch with mom & dad & then, took a YUGE nap 😴

last years Christmas picture. We didn’t all get together as usual this year. So many now have to be careful for health reasons. But everyone was missed and loved and included in our prayers 🙏🏻

I think the pets had more fun than anyone! They all received a present 🎁 of their own and literally tore them up by supper 🎅🏻😂

Yes, they each got their own! But neither was interested in old Gumby until there was a competition involved… Then, poor old Gumby 🥺

Even the kitty came by for Christmas 🎄 She’s really an outdoor cat 🐈 and only comes in when she wants too. Usually, she only asks to come in on special occasions when there’s more than usual activity, or if it’s really cold. Even then, she hides around the edges or up high somewhere 😊

She’s so funny. She got over there ‘out of sight’ and didn’t make a sound until we started eating… Then, she demanded some Christmas Ham! She got some too 😊

I am so thankful for the blessing of Christmas!

Luke 2:4-19 tells the reason and the true Blessing of Christmas ⭐️

Now, Christmas is behind us and it’s on to the New Year! In less than a week, it’s gonna be 2021! 😳 They say ‘Hindsight is 2020’ …. I think we are all ready to put 2020 in the rear view mirror 🪞

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Christmas weekend! 🙏🏻❤️🎄

Mark Carter



Christmas Eve is Here! Were YOU Good?

All of our childhood dreams and fantasies hinge on this day and night 🌝 Santa flying through the sky in a magical sleigh 🛷 delivering toys and gifts to all the good kids… Was Santa a big part of your life as a child? He was ‘IT’ for me… Santa with Elvis a very close second 😊 (I’m being serious baby)…

I think Santa was in awe of Elvis…

So, here’s to all the good boys and girls out there 🥂 Were making a comeback 🎅🏻

Merry Christmas 🎄

A Visit from St. Nicholas

By: Clement Clarke Moore

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap, 
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow 
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer, 
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle,
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

Have a Wonderful Christmas Eve!

Mark C.



Free Christmas Spirit | Jackson, TN

The last several evenings we have been loading up in our family sleigh 🛷 (truck) and venturing outward in search of beautiful lights and affordable (free) Christmas Spirit 🎄
PS: We struck gold a few times 😊
Its amazing what happens with some good music and a truck 🛻 full of loved ones ❤️ This place is in N. Jackson and worth the drive! The entire neighborhood is decorated to some extent, and some went all out!

Just WOW! You can park on the curb and walk through this one ☝🏻 So beautiful 🤩 Complete with Christmas tunes and a crowd of happy people doing the same.

This is the street! Located in Wrights Mill neighborhood. Take the kiddos, grandma, friends, whoever – along with your favorite Christmas music and a big thermos of Hot Chocolate 🎅🏻


my phone was going dead when I got this short video, but as you see… Spectacular!

It’s almost Christmas 🎄 Get out there 💥

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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A Beautiful, Silent Night 🙏🏻

Did you go outside last night to see the Star ⭐️ They say the alignment of these two heavenly bodies this closely hasn’t happened like last nights occurrence in around 800 years! WOW! Jo, Jacob and I all jumped in the truck right before sunset and drove down the road a ways to a clearing to get a good look 👀

This was an early view before the sky started to darken. That’s Jupiter and Saturn 🪐 up there, so close together that they form an even brighter, magnified ‘star’ ⭐️.

I didn’t get great pictures, mainly because of the camera I was using (iPhone) But it was pretty neat seeing what many think happened on the night of Christ’s birth so long ago.

This is the best closeup I got of the event. I told my son that it won’t happen again until 2080! I won’t be around to see it then for sure, but I sure hope he will. He can think back to when we saw it together in 2020 on the Winter Solstice ⭐️

Peace 🙏🏻 And Merry Christmas 🎄

Mark Carter



Only 10 Days Until Christmas! The “Little Piggy Countdown” BEGINS! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I know what your saying… “There are only 5 little piggies” 🐷 Right?! NOT in my story! In my story I’m using both feet! 🦶🏻🦶🏻

10 days until Christmas 🎄 10 Toes 😯 A perfect countdown to your favorite day of the year 🎅🏻

Time goes so fast right now! Shorter and shorter days combined with the coming holidays make it just fly by 💨

#1 – Don’t miss out! On Christmas music, movies, cookies, spirit AND, shopping! 🎁

Gifts for guys and gals! Come by, get those remaining gifts & Say Hi’ 🎄

Don’t forget, 10 days, 10 toes countdown 🎅🏻

This little piggy went to the Boutique at Carters Nursery 😊

Y’all have a GREAT Day! Merry Christmas 🎅🏻



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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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http://www.cartercountry.com

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Christmas Zen

Good Morning! Christmas spirit is in the air! We are only 2 days from the Big Day! I couldn’t think of a better way to relax and get into the spirit than listening to good Christmas music in front of a roaring fire 🔥

Enjoy the fire 🔥 and enjoy the music 🎶 Merry Christmas 🎄 🎅🏻

Mark Carter



My Top 10 Christmas Songs…

I was Just talking with friends about their favorite Christmas songs. Not surprising to me that many of the songs we compiled were not the old standards we all have come to expect. So, here’s a cool ‘Top 10 Christmas songs’ to enjoy…

Music sets the mood and makes the season more special 🎅🏻

Top 10 List –

1- Christmas in Paradise by Mary Gauthier

2- Christmas in Prison by John Prine

3- The Troublemaker by Willie Nelson

4- 25th December by Everything but the girl

5- Jesus and Elvis by Hayes Carll

6- Christmas Island by Jimmy Buffett

7- River by Joni Mitchell

8- Merry Christmas from the Family by Robert Earl Keen

9- Santa Clause is Watching You by Ray Stevens

10- Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry

 

If this list doesn’t get you tapping, singing along, smiling and crying, I don’t know what to tell ya’ ❤️

Merry Christmas y’all!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Sunday Reflections…

I’ve been drinking coffee since early, thinking about all the family and friends that will be getting together over the next couple weeks. And how Christmas Day is only 10 days away! Wow! It’s just flying by… We are all into the 12 Days of Christmas countdown!

“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:
12 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”

I know you just sang that 😊

Have a Great Sunday & Merry Christmas!

~ Mark Carter



A few of my Favorite Christmas Songs

Music is a HUGE part of Christmas for me and my family! During the holidays there is almost always music playing around the house and around the office too😊

So my son and I started making our “Top 5 Favorite Christmas Music List” – NOT of all time – a current list of songs based off our own playlists… HaHa 😆- Here’s mine… Jacob, it’s your turn 🎅🏻

Merry Christmas Y’all!

Jimmy B. is ALWAYS on my Christmas mix!

This is a favorite for sure! It could play in the background all day on Christmas 🎄 😊

No Christmas would be complete with the Red Headed Stranger! 🎅🏻

Everyone that loves Christmas music plays this one on the holidays, and EVERYONE has done this classic! This is my favorite artists version from way back!

Last one – #5. This is a newer one from one of my favorite artists. Great story song & a great reminder that some are in need of a kind word and a friend around the holidays 😊

Merry Christmas Y’all! 🎄 🎅🏻❤️

~ Mark Carter



Old Friends and Christmas Songs –

Yesterday would have been my friend Bill Ways 75th. birthday. We were both Sagittarians (Birthdays between – Nov. 22nd – Dec. 21st.) and I learned over time that we had much in common – Love of animals, the TN. River, old cars, and music were just a few! Bill was a ‘Music Aficionado” & could blow your mind with his vast knowledge of the music world! He not only knew obscure songs and artists, he knew about the history of the song in question, even down to who played the instruments on the studio tracks! He WOWED many a listener, ME included! This time of year he was heavily into playing Christmas songs, many that you never heard of… So, I want to play a Christmas song in Bills memory. This was one of his favorites and is now one of mine.

PS: Grab a tissue first, you might need it!

 

Merry Christmas Y’all! 🎅🏻

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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