Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Greatest Story Ever Told

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone went to their own town to register.

 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
 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.”
 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 2:1-20

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thoughts on Thursday

Christmas traditions.  We all have them. 
They make us feel warm and cozy and happy and make this time of the
year wonderful and special.

Some of ours include:

I LOVE eggnog and usually have my first glass sometime during the Thanksgiving weekend.

The first ornament on our tree every year is an antique silver ball that belonged to Chris's father, Cyril.

We always have a Nativity displayed to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

We display our son Tim's 40+ nutcracker collection. They are in all shapes, sizes and costumes and he usually gets a new one under the tree.

We spend Christmas Eve with my parents, sisters and nephew eating too much and exchanging presents.

My parents give everyone a bag of new socks every year.  It's fun and silly and we all look forward to receiving them.

Christmas morning is spent with the boys and their significant other and our grandson. Next year we will have a new addition - Little Princess Ellie!

Chris makes Eggs Benedict for breakfast Christmas morning! Yummy!

We always open our stockings first.

What are some of your Christmas traditions?