Believing, Rambling

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

I’m trying very hard to fight Holiday Mania.  I am trying my best to keep the Reason for the Season at the forefront of all the decorating and shopping and crafting and cooking and partying I’ve been doing lately.  Christmas is, after all, meaningless without Jesus.

I have been busy, busy busy recently.  It took me 3 days (and twice as many trips to Hobby Lobby) to get the tree up.  But here is the finished product, in collage form, because, after all the effort I put into it, one picture just didn’t do it justice.

Christmas Tree 2010

Then, I’ve needed been wanting forever a cute way to display friends’ Christmas cards.  I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, so I made one.  It’ll suffice until I envision something different.

It’s hanging unceremoniously over the pantry door, which is in need of a makeover (to be painted either black or brown, I can’t decide, and a new doorknob from somewhere fun like Anthropologie.)  I am currently coveting something like this:

Anthropologie Flora Forever doorknob

However, I reserve the right to change my ever-changing mind.  😉  But I digress…

I can’t finish up without at least a mention of the Reason For the Season.  My thoughts are scattered, but one thing I know for sure, is that *this* is the real meaning of Christmas:

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 of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ 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, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.                                  Luke 2:8-20                                    

May you keep the true meaning of Christmas in your hearts and minds as you spend your days scurrying around, filled with Holiday cheer.

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