Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Nostalgia washes over me at Christmastime. I absolutely love carrying on (and creating) family traditions. I smile at the memory of my grandmother singing happy birthday to Jesus as the blessing before our Christmas dinner, at the thought of my dad eagerly taking us last minute shopping for a Christmas gift he would let us have early, at singing carols, at waking up at 5 am to run see what Santa left unwrapped by our beautiful tree. I'm smiling extra this year reliving this magical time with our little one. 

It's truly a wonderful time of year! 

We're enjoying spending extra time with our family and taking a break from our typical routine. We're looking forward to opening presents with Emmajean, church services filled with song, baking, Christmas dinner, and admiring all of the sparkles and lights. 

With all of the excitement, it's important to remember the real reason for celebration. It's not just a time for cookies and Santa hats...Christmas is a time for gathering, for reflection, for giving, for prayer and for thanksgiving. I'll be saying an extra prayer for health, peace, prosperity, and love for my friends and family who may be struggling this holiday season. Today and everyday, no matter the struggle, I pray for hope and courage, for faith and relief. 

Merry Christmas to all of our family and friends! 
Wishing you a joyful holiday weekend from Saint Olaf to NC and beyond! 

...Merry Christmas to all...

...and to all a good night!...

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