Merry Christmas to you all!

Merry Christmas to you all!

Reprinted from The Inspired Room, December 2007

As we are drawing nearer to the Christmas holiday, I finding myself strangely calm and quiet, yes, introspective! I am increasingly pulling back in my thoughts. I am less able to focus on creativity, home decor and twinkling lights — and inspiration is not springing forth to my blog.

While I love all the festive homes, ideas and stories of holiday traditions, I’ve enjoyed each one so much, this week I find myself more in a contemplative mood. The story of Christ’s birth plays through my head and I am in awe of the miracle that took place and all the circumstances surrounding that event.

I think about Mary and what she must’ve been feeling, giving birth that night. It is mentioned in the book of Luke that while so many things were happening to Mary, she “quietly treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.” I love that. The thought of “quietly treasuring things” in our hearts.

I think of the song, Mary Did You Know, and I imagine some of the things she was thinking about. I am sure she was weighing the magnitude of her circumstance, the blessing and responsibility God himself had bestowed on her. She was treasuring in her heart what was taking place and pondering what was yet to come. As a mom myself, who has cradled an infant son in her arms, I feel a wave of emotion rush over me as I think about her thoughts that night.

Mary Did You Know

written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene

Mary, did you know
that your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know
that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know,
that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered,
will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know
that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know
your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know,
that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby,
you’ve kissed the face of God.

The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know
that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary, did you know
that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?

Did you know,
that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding, is the great I AM.

Every time I hear that song or think of the Christmas story, I imagine Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms, stroking his head, kissing his cheeks, holding him close, and treasuring it all in her heart. Such a simple picture but one that really touches me. A tiny baby, born in a humble stable, and an event that changed the world. I need nothing more than to slow down and treasure these things in my heart. I am content to do just that.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Christmastime is here…

Christmastime is here...

Christmastime is here. Bringing lots of cheer…

Well, not really. But you would have to wonder if you looked around my house! Boxes of decorations are strewn about, wreaths are being hung from ribbons and stockings already adorn the fireplace. Just like the chaos that usually happens in late November, only it isn’t November! It is kind of exciting in a way, the thought that my house could be fully decorated for the holidays and it is only September! All of October, November and December I could focus on baking, entertaining and gift wrapping?!!! How fun that will be! No mad scramble around here this year! Of course, we will still have to get our tree…

I love to do holiday decorating that can last from early fall right on through spring just with a few quick changes here and there. I like to do lots of greenery and garden decor as a backdrop so you can just add some pumpkins or gourds in fall; twinkly lights and red berries in winter; and early flowering blooms when spring arrives. That is my favorite, natural backdrops with holiday touches.

Tomorrow is picture taking day, so I don’t have photos yet to share. But soon I will have holiday ideas and photos for those of you who are chomping at the bit to get going on the holiday season! I know a few of you have asked for ideas so we will definitely need to talk about holiday decor. Happily, most of you are enjoying one season at a time and are in no rush to move on!

In addition to maybe showing a bit of my holiday preparations, I want to talk starting this week about the scented home! We are ready to continue in our Five Senses series and I think next we will talk about the sense of smell — fall has such a delicious scent, don’t you think? I can’t wait to talk about some of our everyday favorite scents, as well as all the wonderful smells of the holidays. I think we should do another group effort on our favorite ways to scent our home. Favorite candles, favorite scents, favorite homemade ways to add deliciousness to the air. Oh, I can’t wait! Maybe we will do that on Wednesday, so tune in because we will need everyone’s input! I do hope you will join me!

I am off to say good night to my son and watch a movie with my husband! Winston has already dozed off on my chair. It is definitely getting darker earlier, have you noticed?!

Thanks so much for checking in and I look forward to spending some time chatting and catching up with you all this week! Be sure to say hello if you stop in!

Christmastime is here...

Christmastime is here...