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It is so nice to have a little time for wholesome recreation. This is the time when we get to rest and have a little fun.
I love when there are people who can make us laugh in a wholesome way. We need more Christian comedians and entertainers who help to cheer us along the way. There are also movies and old television programs that offer a pleasant way to get a little rest at home. I like "The Dick Van Dyke show" which starred Mary Tyler Moore. The husband, in this old black and white program, was a comedy writer for television. He and his wife had one little boy. They had a pleasant home life. I also like many old movies.
In our modern days, there are many television shows and movies which are not wholesome. They are so common that it is almost normal to have an abundance of inappropriate entertainment for us to access at any time.
It has recently come to my attention that there is a "streaming" service which offers quality Christian based programming. (A link to this is on the left sidebar of my blog for those who are interested.) The company is called, PureFlix. I think it is a wonderful idea, even though I have no idea how to set up something like that! (gentle smiles). For those who are able to watch television through their computer or game systems, this is a great option to find wholesome entertainment.
It seems that television has become the new form of recreation. But that was not always the case. It is also a temptation to watch so much that we don't do much else.
For happy times of recreation in the home, I like to play cards with my grown children (and teenagers). Sometimes I will call out, in the middle of the day, to see if anyone wants to play a quick game at the parlour table. While we play, we talk and laugh. This is a great way to get a young adult to visit with Mother and for her to see how the child is doing. It is also fun.
Of course, there is always checkers or chess. I haven't played those games in quite some time because they tend to make me anxious since I know I will lose to my opponent!
It is lovely to have some fun sewing project to work on, or rearranging furniture and decorating with what one has on hand. It is a free way to have some fun at home while being productive.
I love to read to the grandchildren. We also color and play with a great variety of toys in the parlour or playroom.
Sometimes I leave home and play tennis with my sons. We have 2 very nice courts within a 15 minute drive from our Estate.
Walking the property with guests or family is always a nice way to have some recreation while enjoying the fresh air and landscape around us.
But my favorite place will always be our parlour. I love to sit near the hearth in the winter and read classic literature, like "Dombey and Son" by Dickens. I also enjoy reading Jane Austen. But lately I have been devouring many books by Grace Livingston Hill, which contain wonderful Christian lessons that are so precious to read.
There is a very special way we homemakers can find some wholesome fun. It is to serve others in our household by doing nice surprises to delight them and to make them happy. Sometimes I will make a special treat for Mister. Other times, I will tidy up a bedroom for one of the children. A thoughtful note left on the kitchen table will make someone smile. There are many ways we can think of to do special things that will surprise those around us.
We would be tremendously peaceful and filled with happiness if our times of entertainment were focused on Bible lessons, sermons, good literature, and wholesome fun with the family. Pleasant recreation, based on godliness and doing things that are pure and happy and lovely will bring us great delight.
From the Archives -
It Can Be Done- Living Without Credit Cards.
A Blessing for Every Home - A Housewife on Duty.
For a Happy Marriage - Cooking for Mister.
Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."
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