Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful readers!

In my little corner of the world, there is much joy at the remembrance our dear Saviour’s birth so many years ago. I hope there is a spark of this peace and happiness in each of your homes and hearts wherever you are on this planet.

As you celebrate this great day of joy, remember why He came. Not to take over the world, or show off, but to show us what a godly life looks like, lived out, and then He died a horrible death to be a perfect sacrifice for our sins that any one who believes in Him is saved. With His Spirit in our hearts, we no longer need to fear death. Isn’t that incredible? And that is what all this feasting and merriment is all about! So I encourage you to live this day in celebration  of Him, remembering the true “reason for the season”!

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Christmas Eve

While some of us are busy in our kitchens preparing delicious food, others are traveling to spend the blessed holiday with family, and yet others, are prepared to spend the 'A time for remembering the Son of God': 26 Christmas quotes from LDS leaders | Deseret Newsday alone. No. Not alone! Please! If you have ever spent a single day alone, my heart is wrenched for you! I know how it feels, and this shouldn’t be for you. I am not talking here about being physically by yourself, but rather alone without God. You can be in a houseful of people, and be alone. By yourself, feeling hopeless.

Okay, I’m not going to preach, or “tell you a thing or two”, but I do want to give you a little inspiration. If you are feeling lonely, literally, emotionally alone, you don’t have to be that way! Remember Jesus who died on the cross as a sacrifice for your sins, and ask Him to be there with you in Spirit. He will be; it is His Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus   These are sizedas 8x10 and 12 x 12, I made them with a craft in mind, on...promise to you!

So whether you are spending the day with you and yourself, or a room full of people, it’s not at all about you. But about the Birth of Jesus Christ! I encourage you to lift your voice in song (even if your not a very great singer, God still loves listening to your attempts!). Sing praise to Him and worship Him within your heart. He is there, and he loves you more than you could ever imagine!

The Christmas Guest

The Christmas Guest

It happened one day at the year’s white end,

Two neighbors called on an old-time friend

And they found his shop so meager and mean,

Made merry with a thousand boughs of green,

And comrade was sitting with face a-shine

When he suddenly stopped as he stitched a twine

And said, “Old friends, at dawn today,

When the cock was crowing the night away,

The Lord appeared in a dream to me

And said, ‘I am coming your guest to be.’

So I’ve been busy with feet astir,

Strewing my with branches of fir,

The table is spread and the kettle is shined

And over the rafters the holly is twined,

And now I will wait for my Lord to appear

And listen closely so I will hear

His step as He nears my humble place,

And I open the door and look in His face.”

So his friends went home and left Conrad alone,

For this was the happiest day he had known,

For, long since, his family had passed away

And Conrad has spent a sad Christmas day.

But he knew that the Lord as his Christmas guest

This Christmas would be the dearest and best,

And he listened with only joy in his heart.

And with every sound he would rise with a start

And look for the Lord to be standing there

In answer to his earnest prayer

So he ran to the window after hearing a sound,

But all that he saw on the snow covered ground

Was a shabby beggar whose shoes were torn

 

And all of his clothes were ragged and worn.

So Conrad was touched and went to the door

And he said, “your feet must be frozen and sore,

And I have some shoes in my shop for you

And a coat that will keep you warmer, too.”

So with grateful heart the man went away,

But as Conrad noticed the time of day

He wondered what made the dear Lord so late

And how much longer he’d have to wait,

When he heard a knock and ran to the door,

But it was only a stranger once more,

A bent, old crone with a shawl of black,

A bundle of kindling on her back.

She asked for only a place to rest,

But that was reserved for Conrad’s Great Guest.

But her voice seemed to plead, “don’t send me away

Let me rest awhile on Christmas day.”

So Conrad brewed her a steaming cup

And told her to sit at the table and sip.

But after she left he was filled with dismay

For he saw that the hours were passing away

And the Lord had not come as He said He would,

And Conrad felt sure he had misunderstood.

When out of the stillness he heard a cry,

“Please help me and tell me where am I.”

So again he opened his friendly door

And stood disappointed as twice before,

It was only a child who had wandered away

And was lost from her family on Christmas Day.

Again Conrad’s heart was heavy and sad,

But he knew he should make this little child glad,

So he called her in and wiped her tears

And quieted her childish fears.

Then he led her back home once more

But as he entered his own darkened door,

He knew that the Lord was not coming today

For the hours of Christmas had passed away.

So he went to his room and knelt down to pray

And he said, “Dear Lord, why did you delay?

What kept You from coming to call on me,

For I wanted so much your face to see.”

When soft in the silence a voice he heard,

“Lift up your head, for I kept My word –

Three times my shadow crossed your floor

– Three times I came to your lonely door –

For I was the beggar with bruised, cold feet,

I was the woman you gave to eat,

And I was the child on the homeless street.

Three times I knocked and three times I came in,

And each time I found the warmth of a friend.

Of all the gifts, love is the best,

And I was honored to be your Christmas Guest.

 

~ by Helen Steiner Rice

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Christmas Traditions

I enjoy fun Christmas traditions. They’re not only sweet, but can be a great help with interacting with family and friends. So maybe you generally spend Christmas by yourself? That’s fine too! There’s plenty of things you can do as a single.

Don’t have too many traditions, though!

The holidays can quickly become overwhelming if we aren’t careful. So… rather than having a gazillion traditions, select the ones that you feel would be the most meaningful and draw you closer to Christ and the reason of his birth. Also, some traditions may take a lot of time while others only take five minutes.

Here’s a few Ideas:

  1. Host a simple (or elaborate if you wish) Christmas Party.
  2. Find simple ways to share some kindness into someone else’s life which could include:
    1. Caroling with family, friends, or your church
    2. Taking cookie plates to the neighbors
    3. Something simple as saying a cheerful “Merry Christmas” in the store rather than the normal and mundane “happy holidays”.
    4. Simply sharing an extra dose of kindness in everything (see more on this here).
  3. Make Christmas cookies, candy, or some other special Christmas food.
  4. Use candy canes in decorations, food, and beverages as a quiet reminder of who Jesus is (see the post about, The symbolism of the Candy Cane).
  5. Make handmade cards to send to elderly/lonely acquaintances.
  6. Don’t end the Christmas celebration on December 26! Leave your decorations up ’til the new year arrives.

So there are a few ideas. Got your brain going? It’s okay not to feel inspired at first. The most important thing is the silent worship and adoration of the King that takes place within your heart. It is from this place of complete adoration that we can truly celebrate Christmas in a way that Jesus enjoys. Imagine him being right there with you; joining in the festivities (or the lack thereof). Do you think that he feels your heart in it, or are you a couch potato friend to him that would rather watch a movie and drink your coffee alone? However you choose to commemorate Christmas, remember to have a very merry Christmas.

A Cheery Christmas Thought

I love this quote… so true, and I hope it for each one of you!

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
~Ada V. Hendricks

And I almost laughed at this quote when I found it.

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~Author Unknown

Hmm, a little too painfully true, though! I think we should reference back to the quote above; none of those things should be solely because of money, but because of Jesus coming to earth on that Christmas so long ago and living in our hearts today!

Drab… ??

“Why is Christmas so drab this year?” 12 year old Kenny asked his mom in a whiny way as he snitched an apple from the bowl on the table.

“I didn’t know it was any more drab than other years,” said 14 year old Melinda. “I kinda get tired of how boring it is. All except,” she added quickly, “The Christmas dinner and presents.”

“Yeah,” Kenny agreed. “Last year I got a BB gun! That was so cool!”

“And that’s what your problem is,” Mom stated in her kind way.

“What?” Both of her children stared at her with puzzlement.

“You see, your attitude has been all about, ‘what can I get from Christmas?’. In life in general, if you have a me, me, me attitude and constantly are seeing what you can personally benefit, you will be a very discontented person. Christmas is no different. In fact, it is a time set in place, that we may have a reminder to do good for others, because that is how God wants us to act.” Mom brushed her forehead in the way that she always did when she was coming up with a new thought. “I have an idea for you two. We have one week til Christmas. I challenge you to find one thing to do each day to bless someone else. Even if it means going out of your way to do it.”

I invite you to join me in this challenge:

To do at least one thing everyday that will be a blessing to someone else. Maybe it would be sending a cheery card to an old or distant friend, doing a chore for another sibling, or even giving an extra dose of kindness to the words you choose to speak.

It is always so warming when you know that you have blessed someone else. If you succeed (and even if you don’t), I would love to hear from you below! What did you do and do you have any ideas to share?

The Symbolism of the Candy Cane

Hey Folks! I’m so sorry that I didn’t get yesterday’s post out! I was helping with a cousin’s wedding and thought that I had it set to publish at a certain time. Obviously, not. So here it finally is. A day late is better than never, right?

Ever look at a candy cane and wonder why they are so… “Christmas-y”? Maybe this poem will help shed some light on why I think that candy canes should be the Christmas candy. It is so super sweet! I know that I will never look at a ordinary candy cane in the same way.

Here’s an idea. Find places to stick candy canes to remind you of the beauty of Christmas. This could include table centerpieces,  on the Christmas tree, in various decorations, or even a miniature candy cane hung on the side of your mug of hot cocoa as you curl up and read a book by the fire (yes, peppermint hot chocolate is sooo good!). And… after Christmas is over, you can eat the left-over ones and remember that Jesus is even sweeter!!

If you wish for more awesome and creative ways to use candy canes, click here. And recipes that use candy canes  can be found here!

The Two Best Christmas Quotes

I love quotes. Like, really like them. I don’t really know why. 🙂 So with my quote obsession, I am constantly trying to find a new good one to fit the occasion. I thought the two following ones were perfectly awesome and sweet to share with y’all. Read them as if I had written them (which I didn’t). I mean every word!

My Grown Up Christmas List ♥…. No more lives torn apart That wars would never start And time would heal all hearts And everyone would have a friend And right would always win And love would never end... This is my grown up christmas list.   <3:

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