One more week 'til Christmas Eve...I'm beyond happy to have all but two gifts purchased! One will be ordered via Amazon today and the other I'll pick up when the kids are at their science class's Christmas party later this week. The weekend was filled with holiday fun and fellowship with friends, worship and the lighting of the pink candle on Sunday, and we enjoyed the blessing of Christmas music during AnnaLynn's piano/violin recital last night.
Presents are being wrapped (notice who that one in the picture is for?!), hot cocoa is being sipped, lists are being made (yes, I'm checking them twice!), and the baking has begun. I've never, let me repeat -- NEVER! -- had it as together as I do this year. Yesterday morning I finished our annual holiday letter and mailed off cards to friends and family who live in distant places.
After Dan left for work this morning, the house was quiet and peaceful since no one else was up yet.Taking time to sit by the fire to read and reflect on the joy and blessing that is Advent and Christmas, I came upon the following verses and quotes that are wonderful reminders of why we do all the things we do each December...
If we view Advent not as a season of penitence, but as a season of preparation, that is not because we are against repentance. We are getting ready, putting things in order, smoothing out the road (Isaiah 40:1-8). Advent is much like the time we spend in the kitchen preparing a feast. It is a time of anticipation and excitement, standing on tiptoe waiting expectantly for the coming of the Messiah. The angels brought glad tidings, and we want to live in such a way that we can bring these same tidings of comfort and joy to the whole world. And that can’t be done with a long face. ~Nancy Wilson
"When I think of Christmas Eves, Christmas feasts, Christmas songs, and Christmas stories, I know that they do not represent a short or transient gladness. Instead, they speak of a joy unspeakable and full of glory. God loved the world and sent His Son. Whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. That is Christmas joy. That is the Christmas spirit."
~Corrie ten Boom
"...for He will save His people from their sins." ~Matthew 1:21
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" ~Luke 2:14
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