Is it just me or does Christmas seem to come around much quicker these years?
A couple of weeks ago, when the reality hit me that the Christmas season was fast approaching, I had a momentary feeling of wanting to just skip it ALL this year…that overwhelming feeling many of us are familiar with…I have so much to do in so little time, with so little money.
Then I did a little reminiscing and thankfully the Christmas spirit came upon me once again.
For those of you who need a little encouragement I invite you to come and reminisce with me. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.
Scenes from Christmas past spending time with family….
Come inside where it's warm - Win ©
Building chapels in the snow - Carrie ©
A morning of family cross country skiing - Carrie ©
Scenes along the way - Bench by a temporarily abandoned campfire - Carrie ©
10 acres of cross country trails to explore - Carrie ©
The sleigh ride - Driving Diamond and Silver - Carrie ©
6 month old St. Bernard - came along for the ride - Carrie ©
Diamond and Silver enjoying every bit of their workout - Carrie ©
Antiques hidden in the snow - Carrie ©
I think - a manure spreader from days of yore - Carrie ©
A classic I'm sure - Carrie ©
Where are those sugar cubes? Carrie ©
Pencil Crayon by Carrie © - Rescued Percherons
It may be cold outside, but the fire of friendship is warm and inviting - Carrie ©
Christmas is about relationships and building memories that will carry you through the tough times – sure to come to everyone at some time or another.
Our homemade nativity scene - Carrie ©
This nativity scene the kids and I made when they were little. They’re all grown up now, but we still haul these little characters made from spools and cloth out every Christmas.
Our tradition – on Christmas eve our family tells and acts out the Christmas story of Jesus birth. We each take a part and the characters to go with that part.
The parts about Mary soon to deliver her first child, and Joseph having to travel by donkey to Bethlehem for taxation. Caesar had ordered it and they must go… we tell of how there was no room in any inn because of this, but then they find the stable where they will be warm and safe. That night Jesus was born.
Then comes the part about the shepherds watching their sheep by night, and then the angel of the Lord showing up – suddenly in a brilliant flash of light, and how he tells them not to be afraid but to go and see the baby that was born, the son of God come to bring peace to all men – to save them from themselves and their own destructions…and the angel is joined by a host of angels singing and praising God. All of heaven is in a state of rejoicing.
We move to the Wise men and tell how they followed the star which led them many many miles, all the way to the stable where Jesus was born. They brought him most precious valuable gifts of Gold and Frankincense and Myrrh…
We light the final candle in the advent wreath…
And then… we open the gifts…
Christmas is complete once again. I sit silently in my comfy chair, alone now among the lights and the glow of the flickering candles, and I am thankful. My heart is calm and full of gratitude…for my family, my friends, and most of all my God who did the unthinkable – sent his only son Jesus to earth so that I, you, everyone, could have a relationship with Him. Now that is what it’s all about. And that is why I celebrate Christmas.
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