I don’t know about you but it felt like this year we RACED towards Christmas. :) And it’s finally here!!!
I had hoped to be able to share some of my decorations with you in this post, but it has rained nonstop for a week here. So between the last minute gifts, baking, cloud cover, and building our new ark, I don’t have any pictures for you. You’ll just have to take my word for it that my mantel looks Awesome!! ;)
I do have a couple pictures that did (sort of) turn out, and it is fitting that they are of my most treasured Christmas decoration.
For years this nativity had a place of honor on my Grandparent’s buffet table.
When Papa passed away, my grandmother had to move to a smaller house, and so this little nativity came to me. I love it because it reminds me of them, and the reason we celebrate.
Though I often wonder about Joseph.
Does he seem a little crabby to you with his arms crossed like that?
I always tell myself he’s contemplating the enormity of the task before him in raising the Saviour of the world -
and not that he’s in a snit because they have company coming and the stable’s a mess and he’s going to miss the big Bethlehem/Nazareth ball game later that day.
In all seriousness though, I pray that you all have a wonderful Christmas,
You are able to spend time with your family and/or friends,
You have time to laugh and play and be a kid,
And that you are able to have some quiet time to reflect on everything that is wonderful and humbling about the fact that Jesus came to us as a fragile, helpless child to save the world.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
”Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2: 8-14