Merry Christmas to all our family and friends. We pray that you have a wonderful day filled with peace and joy!
Luke 2:4 -20
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them inthe inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lordappeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Forunto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christthe Lord. Andthis will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earthpeace among those with whom he is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
My friend Tricia tagged me for this post about your favorite or sentimental Christmas ornaments. I thought it was a fun idea since I love getting everything out to decorate the tree each year.
This is the first ornament that Mike gave me the first Christmas that we were married. The funny thing is that it was on the tree for at least 24 hours before I noticed, even though Mike had put it in a very obvious place…and it MOVES!!! I can’t believe I missed it, but it’s true.
In the photo above, the egg is a gift that was given to me by a friend of my mom’s when I was 5 years old. I just love it and think it’s so pretty.
The Mickey Mouse was given to us by Kim and Eddie in 2002. I love this guy because it makes me smile and think of them and their kids.
The cross we bought in China this March. I really wanted to find one there because of the other crosses we have collected, but man we got down to the wire before I found this one while shopping with Kiki at the Silk Market.
Nadia’s 2008 ornament is a drum. I embossed her name and the year on it. In the future she will be able to pick her own, but for this year I wanted something to represent her favorite thing…and drums is IT! (a close second would have been a pair of boots).
We got this bell in Solvang, California on a trip to introduce Mike to my family in CA when we were engaged in 1994.
These are of the yearly World Vision ornaments. So far I have Peace, Joy and Hope. The one for 2008 is Hope. Donors can get these by making a donation to the maximum impact fund. These obviously mean a lot to me because of my being a Child Ambassador for World Vision.
And like my friend Tricia, we handmade ornaments for friends and family the first few years we were married, but we no longer have any of them…if we even ever did. They may have gotten lost or broken, or we may have just given them all away and didn’t think to keep any for ourselves.
And I have to say that I am really looking forward to making ornaments with Nadia in the future.
Today we had a PJ/Book exchange party. Both the children and the mommies wore jammies and everyone brought a book that would be good for any gender. We also had a pot luck lunch and lots of laughs. I made up another batch of Pumpkin Spice lattes in the crockpot. YUM! And our friend Stephanie and her kids were there and had a blast, but until they are adopted we can’t put their photos out there.
I would love to make this a yearly tradition. Thanks Tricia for finding such a good idea for us!
Here we are opening the books.
P.S. For those of you who know me very well, the answer is “yes I had a hard time deciding which jammies to wear”