Blogmas 2018 – Day 24 #christmas #blogmas #blogmas2018 #christmas2018

The birth of Jesus, according to the Gospel of Luke:

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[a] 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. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 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.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Merry Christmas!

Blogmas 2018 – Day 23 #christmas #blogmas #blogmas2018 #christmas2018

As we prepare for the coming of the Baby Jesus, today I share with you Mary’s song, as found in the Gospel of Luke:

And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”

Blogmas 2018 – Day 22 #christmas #blogmas #blogmas2018 #christmas2018

As Christmas approaches, may you see it through the eyes of a child, with the same innocent wonder as the shepherds gazing upon the Baby Jesus that first Christmas morning…

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Blogmas 2018 – Day 21 #christmas #blogmas #blogmas2018 #christmas2018

The Greatest Gift

Everyone gathered, young and old,

Around the Christmas tree topped by a star of gold.

Smiles spread across faces; the air was light and warm,

For it was many years ago the Blessed Babe was born.

Content with what they had heard,

They could now rest assured

That peace and goodwill toward all men

Would prosper as long as love would never end.

It seemed the snow falling gracefully had a way

To bring magic to this wondrous day.

The family thought of all the years all had cared

As those happy and sad memories they shared.

As the little children opened their gifts,

Oh, how high the spirit within lifts.

All those happy years seemed from other lands

As the little boy held the picture in his hands.

“Mommy?” he asked. “What happened here?

Where are all the people who shared in that cheer?”

“Oh, dear child of mine,

Sadly, things have changed with time.

All the elders are long gone,

And all the children have grown and moved on.

The winters have become so cold,

And Grandma’s little cottage was sold.

All the decorations were taken down,

And family has moved out of town.

I know things are not the same,

But one very important thing does remain:

The Greatest Gift, the Child of Love,

The Divine Savior from the Lord up above.”

 

Blogmas 2018 – Day 19 #christmas #blogmas #blogmas2018 #christmas2018

Pictures with Santa, through every generation…

 

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Blogmas 2018 – Day 18 #christmas #blogmas #blogmas2018 #christmas2018

A big part of Christmas for many (and certainly for me) is the music. I get nerdy-excited when Christmas music starts playing on the radio in mid-November and am like a kid on Christmas morning. For someone who doesn’t usually have the radio on, November and December is the time I do. This year, I’m loving Pentatonix and Michael Buble’s versions of a lot of songs, but I especially love the old, crooning versions, like Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

My favorite Christmas songs, in no particular order:

  1. “It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas”
  2. “The Christmas Song”
  3. “Silent Night”
  4. “Joy to the World”
  5. “I’ll be Home for Christmas”
  6. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
  7. “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
  8. “Silver Bells”
  9. “Carol of the Bells”
  10. “My Grown-Up Christmas Wish”

What are some of your favorites?