Ok, so I lied. I'm here one more time before I officially take some time off for vacation ;) I just had to actually wish you all a Merry Christmas! I couldn't just say it days before and leave it at that!
Plus, honestly...I had to show you all our Christmas card this year! As you guys know, my husband and I adopted a tradition my grandmother did for her family every year- hand drawing the Christmas card! We've done it every year since we've been married and we both just love it to death! Plus, we don't have to get dressed up and take fancy photos for a picture-card...which is awesome in our book. We can stay in our jammies for life!
The idea is simple- think back over the year and include any big milestones that happened, in the drawing, on the card. Some years she would include new grandchildren born, sometimes big trips the family took...I mean, they were seriously neat. So we've decided to continue that, with our family. Since nothing big has happened yet, we just continue to have fun with our card and make the four of us do ridiculous things. Like riding sleigh-cats, becoming gingerbread people, and so on. This year- Bill and I are walking the Macy's parade with only the two best fat balloon cats ever. Aren't they adorable?
I'd like to personally and publicly thank my husband for making these cards! Because we all know if he couldn't, they wouldn't get done. No one wants to see stick drawings of us all, every year...that's for sure!
So here we go- officially- MERRY CHRISTMAS and have an amazing New Year!
The Birth of Jesus
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. 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.
Luke 2: 1-21