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a Merry Christmas indeed

Our Christmas tree will probably never be pictured on a Hallmark Christmas card. For one, my family has no patience when picking out a tree. So the one we got this year (after an excruciating 15 minutes of looking) is a little (alot) fuller on one side than the other. It's also leaning a bit in the stand, but I left it that way because I figured the two counter balanced each other. : )

While I insist on white lights, our ornaments do not match. They are a mix matched collection of ones we have accumulated over the years. We have a tradition each year that everyone gets a new ornament. One day, when my kids have families of their own, we will give them all of their ornaments for their own trees. It's a fun event, picking out our ornaments each year. This year, my ornament looks like a snowglobe and says "HOPE". I picked it, because for me, this Christmas is all about hope. One of my favorite verses is Roman 8:25:

"But if we HOPE for what we do not see,
with perseverance we wait eagerly for it."

We will celebrate and enjoy the bounty of all God has provided for us this Christmas, and we will celebrate the baby King---the promised Messiah--God with us. And it the midst of it all, we will HOPE and wait for the child we have not met yet, praying that maybe, next Christmas, we will celebrate together.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!


Meyerdrk said...

Good morning Rachel,
We have the same tradition of a new ornament for everyone every year...ours this year was a ball shape with multiple reflective-like panels covering it. One of the meditations for us this season is how God's gift is not only a gift to us, but a gift through us...we're to reflect the Light of the world in our lives in lots of ways so others might come to know and love and enjoy Him too...hence, as a reminder we got multi-dimensional reflective balls.
Our tree was rather Dr. Seuss-ish this year too; but THAT is not traditional here...oh well, we've had a grand sense of humor about its appearance, and we're not trying to win any contests which makes it way easier to simply enjoy.
I enjoyed your post sis, love you.