Thursday, December 15, 2016

Wishing You A Merry Christmas!

Have yourself a
Merry little Christmas. . .




My dear, kind, and beautiful friends,
Christmas is just over a week away and
I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of joy and anticipation
as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our precious Savior.




O come all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God's holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.
- John Wade -




Sweet friends, 
please click on the video below and join me in praise and adoration 
as we remember the most wonderful gift given to mankind.





And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, 
he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
- Hebrews 1:6 -


Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

See Him in a manger laid
Jesus Lord of heaven and earth;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our Savior’s birth.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
- French Carol -





 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: 
and the government shall be upon his shoulder: 
and his name shall be called 
Wonderful, 
Counsellor, 
The mighty God, 
The everlasting Father, 
The Prince of Peace.
- Isaiah 9:6 -




 And the angel said unto her, 
Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, 
and bring forth a son, 
and shalt call his name Jesus.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: 
and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David
- Luke 1:30-32 -




Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light:

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen His natal star.

Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.


Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.
- James Montgomery -




And she brought forth her firstborn son, 
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, 
and laid him in a manger; 
because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, 
keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, 
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: 
and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, 
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, 
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, 
which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; 
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 
lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel 
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
 Glory to God in the highest, 
and on earth peace, good will toward men.
- Luke 2:7-14 -




While shepherds watched their flocks by night, 
all seated on the ground; 
the angel of the Lord came down, 
and glory shone around, 
and glory shone around. 

"Fear not!" said he, for mighty dread 
had seized their troubled mind. 
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring 
to all of humankind, 
to all of humankind." 

"To you, in David's town, this day 
is born of David's line 
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, 
and this shall be the sign, 
and this shall be the sign:" 

"The heavenly babe you there shall find 
to human view displayed, 
all meanly wrapped in swathing bands, 
and in a manger laid, 
and in a manger laid."

"All glory be to God on high, 
and to the earth be peace; 
good will henceforth from heaven to earth 
begin and never cease, 
begin and never cease!" 
- Nahum Tate -




O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining, 
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth. 
Long lay the world in sin and error pining. 
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth. 
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, 
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. 
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! 
O night divine, the night when Christ was born; 
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine! 
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine! 




Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, 
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. 
O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming, 
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land. 
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger; 
In all our trials born to be our friends. 
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger, 
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend! 
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend! 




Truly He taught us to love one another, 
His law is love and His gospel is peace. 
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother. 
And in his name all oppression shall cease. 
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, 
With all our hearts we praise His holy name. 
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we, 
His power and glory ever more proclaim! 
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
- Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure -




Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.
- Joseph Mohr -




Lovely friends,
I want to wish you a most blessed and beautiful Christmas.
It's a joy and privilege to worship our King all year round,
but what a special blessing to remember the birth of our Savior
during the Christmas season.
While talking to my mom the other day
she shared with me that when she looks upon the Christmas tree
she is reminded of the tree Christ so willingly died on. . .

But he was wounded for our transgressions, 
he was bruised for our iniquities: 
the chastisement of our peace was upon him; 
and with his stripes we are healed.
- Isaiah 53:5 -

And just last night I was reading a Christmas letter 
from a precious couple in our church
and the gentleman wrote that when he looks under the tree 
and sees the beautifully wrapped gifts
he can't help but think about the most amazing gift of all -- 
salvation through Jesus Christ.

 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, 
that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; 
but that the world through him might be saved.
- John 3:15-17 -

Look around, dear friends, and see 
the wonders. . .
the gifts. . .
the beauty. . .
of this blessed season.




I will be taking a break from blogging
to enjoy the Christmas season with family and friends.
I hope to visit you and your blogs,
but please know that I will not be posting anything
for a few weeks.

Merry Christmas!
Love and hugs to you.




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This offer is good until Saturday, December 17th.


73 comments:

Shoregirl said...

Wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Kate said...

Merry Christmas Stephanie to you and yours. Enjoy your break and the celebration of the season.

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

Very lovely, Stephanie! Wishing you a joyous holiday my friend, as well!

Debbie Harris said...

What an awesome God glorifying Christmas announcement!
You have shared much beauty here in this post proclaiming the Christ of Christmas, wow!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading all this glory as I listened to the piano guys preform so gloriously in song.
May we, like the Little children, anxiously await for Christmas day to arrive, looking with anticipation for the arrival of our Christ child, the Savior who's love is endless.
Thank you for this beautiful post.
Enjoy your time of celebration over the next few weeks.

Love you, mom

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Simply Linda said...

What a breathtakingly lovely post, Stephanie...have a beautiful Christmas season, friend.

Karen said...

This is an especially beautiful post, Stephanie. Thank you for exalting the name above all names! (I love the pastel decorations.)

My thrift store addiction said...

Sweet Stephanie, your home looks so lovely and I loved your meaningful post. Joy to the World! Hugs, Cecilia

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Merry Christmas Stephanie! Thank you for sharing this beautiful post and video before taking a holiday break.

Joyce Mayer said...

Merry Christmas Blessings.

Oh, I just love your posts, I love your outpouring love for our Precious Savior, and your boldness praising Him.

God Bless you always. Your pictures are stunning, love the Baby Grand Piano (of course).

Hugs

Elizabethd said...

Merry Christmas dear Stephanie! Your house looks delightfully ready for Christmas.

Cheryl said...

Oh, my, what a lovely, Christ-honoring post! And, your beautiful home! Oh, dear friend, it is just so lovely! God bless you and your sweet family with a wonderful Christmas!!!!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Beautiful!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Things and Thoughts said...

Dearest Stephanie, amidst the Christmas tree, home cosiness, cookies, mounds of presents, ornaments, may your heart be filled with contentment and the unique feeling of joy that the season brings.
A warm hug
Olympia

Alex said...

My goodness you have been busy! It looks lovely.
May you experience the richest love and the deepest peace this Christmas, they are but a little glimpse of the love of our Lord!
X

Jill said...

Absolutely gorgeous post!! Many blessings to you and your family! :-)

Blessings,
Jill

mamasmercantile said...

Such a beautiful post. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Enjoy your break.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Dear Stephanie, it was a joy to see your Christmas decor and read about the many gifts we already have. We are blessed on this continent to have the freedom to worship and always enough.
Blessings to you and your family during this season of celebration of the birth of our saviour.
Hugs,

Curtains in My Tree said...



Just listen to you singing and preaching the good news girl

Amen and Merry Christmas

Creations By Cindy said...

Dear Stephanie, I just want to say my friend that you are precious! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May God bless you beyond your beyond. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Debby Ray said...

Oh, there so much to say about this post! What a beautiful and joyful home you have created, filled to brim of the beauty of the season! Everything just looks glorious! Thank you for sharing it with us as well as those precious carols of the season...and that video...WOW...it was so awesome! Enjoy these few weeks as you celebrate this joyous Christmas season and the birth of Jesus...and have a blessed 2017! See you next year! Christmas HUGS!♥♥♥

Elizabeth said...

What fun it was to pop by for a little visit! And may I just say that your home looks beautifully festive, my friend! I love all your decorations and the Christmasy feel to it all {{smiles}}

I hope you have a lovely little break during these last days of Christmas prep and then a beautifully blessed Christmas season! May it be full of peace, blessings, and joy....

With love and hugs,
Libby

Vee said...

What a finale! It was like being at a concert where one song after the next keeps coming. Your home looks beautiful and festive and bright and merry for the holiday season. All blessings to you and your family this Christmas season.

Wanda said...

Well, dear Stephanie....What a delightful post, all the beauty of your creativity, and all the wonderful Christmas Carols.

We have had a hard several months with 2 funerals of dear, dear friends and a cousin, and a wedding and an 80th birthday for a friend. My dearest had both the funeral services and the wedding. They were all many miles away. We are getting too old for this so came home exhausted. Haven't visited you such a long time.

Wishing you and your family a Very Merry CHRISTmas.

Love and Hugs

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I enjoyed seeing your beautiful home with all your special and sweet Christmas decor, Stephanie. Now I can picture where your piano is and pretend I'm listening to you play. I can picture you at your dining room table, and baking in your kitchen, and snuggling in your sofa.
Thank you for sharing the beautiful video with us, and all the lovely carols. May you and your sweet family enjoy the many blessings of the Christmas season. Thank you for your dear, faithful friendship and prayers. Love and hugs, Kitty

Pea bea said...

Enjoy your time with family and friends. Merry Christmas and many blessings for 2017. See you more in the new year. :) Your blog posting looks so lovely.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for the card :)
Many Blessings to you in the New Year! Loved seeing your home decorated for Christmas!
xo,
deb

Margie said...

Your post captured the true spirit of Christmas beautifully! I enjoyed seeing your festive decor. I think I counted 7 Christmas trees? Hee!

Melanie said...

Such an awesome video, Stephanie. Thank you for sharing it and this beautiful post. Merry Christmas!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Dear Stephanie,
Lovleyl to sit and listen to hymn of praise to,our God while reading your post, may our great God bless you and all your family this. Christmas time as we remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, our wonderful Lord and Saviour.
Praise Him.
Thanks for sharing,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Stephanie, what a treat to listen and see the video while touring your lovely home for Christmas. You've made your house a home and it is gorgeous. What a treat to see familiar pieces and how you have used them. Love your tea cart. Your tree is so pretty and how I love seeing your gorgeous piano.
Wishing you and your lovely family a special and blessed Christmas. Enjoy your break and may your new year be filled with health, happiness and much love.
xoxo

krishna said...

So beautiful... love to read... It is a perfect post just before Christmas...

Regina said...

Merry Christmas Stephanie!

NanaDiana said...

What a beautiful wrap-up Christmas message. You outdid yourself with this one. I love your mom's comment about the tree...what wonderful insight to put the meaning of the tree into the celebration of His birth.

God bless you- enjoy the Christmas break with your family. xo Diana

ps- I have to ask. Did you take the picture of that truck at the end? I just LOVE it!!!

Laura Lane said...

A beautiful post dear one. Happy Christmas.
Your home looks beautiful!
Laura

domenica.60 said...

A post full of joy !
Merry Christmas to you and your family !
Franca

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Simply beautiful Stephanie. What a lovely way you've decorated your home. Thank you for sharing this with your readers. I trust you and your family will have a wonderful Christmas season. Enjoy your blogging break. Merry Christmas. ~ Love Abby

evita dinamita said...

Dear Stephanie,

Merry Christmas to you and your family and a Happy New Year.

Eva B.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello dear and talented friend! May you enjoy your time off as you celebrate the brightest light of all! MUCH LOVE and your house looks stunning!!!!

Anna said...

Wish you a joyfull Cristmas in your beautiful home with your family and friends !
Wish you all the best for 2017 !
Big hug !
Anna

Tamago said...

Wow, your place looks fantastic, Stephanie!! I wish you the birghtest and most joyous Christmas with your loved ones!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Beautiful and what Christmas is all about!

hobbyloes said...

Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year.

Lowcarb team member said...

A wonderful post from beginning to end ...
The video was just perfect too.

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year too.

All the best Jan

Wandering Wren said...

Hi Stephanie - I'm singing along with you as I read your post!
Have a wonderful Christmas
Love Wren x

Jazzmin said...

Dear friend, what a cozy haven your home is! I can imagine what joy the sprinklings of the season throughout your home as you so lovingly set everything up. What cheer I feel looking through your beautiful photos and "walking through" your lovely home. And indeed what a blessing to focus on your greatest light of all, our precious loving Savior. Thank you for sharing these most inspiring thoughts and words that are renewing my spirit this evening and making me smile as I think gratefully of our dear Lord and all He has done and didn't have to do, but did.

I will be missing your posts and can't wait to read your first posts of the new year or after you return- I hope you have a blessed Christmas and that bountiful blessings are on you and your family as you enjoying the season together!!

Love and hugs!
Jazzmin

tealady said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful post Stephanie, such Beautiful hymns to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, that was a great way to think of the Christmas tree that your mom had. Your home is decorated just Beautifully, may you and your family enjoy a wonderful week of praising our God for sending his son to us!!

Sandra said...

What a beautiful Christmas post, Stephanie! I always enjoy seeing your lovely home. I've been MIA in bloggy world but am happy to be back visiting my friends. I hope you have the best Christmas. Wishing and you and your family a blessed time as you celebrate Christ's birth.

Looking forward to visiting with you in the new year!

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, dearest Stephanie,
and much happiness and health for the new year! ♥

Sandy said...

Wonderful post with gorgeous music!
Merry Christmas Stephanie!
Sandy Claus xx

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

A very merry and blessed Christmas to you and your family!

SpicingUpIdaho said...

An incredible telling of Christmas story with such beautiful pictures of your home! I love that baby grand piano in your living area, such joy your music must bring your family. Enjoy your break for the holiday season, may it be blessed beyond measure with the joy of the Lord! Merry Christmas dear friend!!!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hello Stephanie,

You have decorated your house so beautifully for the holidays! I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Enjoy the blogging break and see you in the new year.
Hugs, Julie xo

baili said...

Marvelous post dear!
i wish you a very happy and Blessed Christmas ahead

Polly said...

Such a lovely post Stephanie. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas x

Gina said...

Stephanie, such a lovely Christmas post in words & photographs. A very Merry Christmas to you!

Tanya Rachelle said...

Merry Christmas to you! Lovely post- enjoy the holiday season. May you be blessed and enjoy!
~Tanya

Lillie said...
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Lillie said...

A wonderful post. Wishing you Joy and Blessed Merry Christmas .

Anne Payne said...

Everything looks so festive and beautiful! Your enthusiasm for worship shines forth brightly! You are a dear blessing to us all. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a New Year filled with joy! Love you much, precious friend!

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Stunning post dear Stephanie! Just popped by to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year with love from Prunella Pepperpot ❤

Red Rose Alley said...

I loved seeing bits of your sweet home, Stephanie. Merry Christmas to you, dear one, and may the new year be a bright one.

love, ~Sheri

Jazzmin said...

Dear friend, I do hope you are having a blessed and happy Friday! I just wanted to thank you so much for your comment on my St. Louis post- seeing your comment made me smile so! Your sweet words meant so much to me and to know that you loved the pictures and that you shared that your son enjoyed the photos of the ballpark! I'm so glad :) It is funny you mentioned that, because when I was writing that part of the post, I immediately thought of you and your family because you are one of my only friends who is a huge baseball fan, too! That is so neat you all go to see the Cardinals play the Rockies!
I hope one day to make it up to Rockies' ballpark and see a game there :)

Your words were a blessing and joy to read and please know you too, dear friend, are in my thoughts and prayers and I am so thankful for you and the sweet joy of your friendship.

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful season and that your Christmas and season overall is full of blessings!

Love and many hugs,
Jazzmin

Ana Lopes said...

Dear Stephanie,I wish you and family a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
Hugs and love,
Ana (from Ana Love Craft)

Kelly-Anne said...

Belated Christmas blessings to you, dear Stephanie! I do hope that this beautiful day was a wonderful, blessed one for you and your family as you remembered and celebrated the coming of our precious Saviour to earth so long ago... How privileged we are to serve a risen King!
Blessings and joy to you, Stephanie!
Kelly-Anne

Melanie said...

Just stopping by to wish you a blessed New Year, dear Stephanie.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Stephanie, I hope you've been enjoying your break. Wishing you and yours a wondrous winter and a wonderful 2017.

Camille said...

Dear Stephanie ~ Your home is lovely and your photos are gorgeous (as always). I trust you have had a lovely time with family and friends over this Christmas season....what a wonderful time of year! I did just want to stop by one last time to let you know that I am planning to put up my last post on the blog today, Lord-willing, and will be bowing out of the blog-world. However, we can certainly keep in touch via email....mine is flowersinhisgarden@gmail.com May the Lord bless you richly as you follow Him wherever He may lead in the coming days. How good and gracious He is to us! With Much Love, Camille

mari said...

Happy New Year Sweet Friend! Thank you for your friendship and the joy you share so beautifully with all of us :0) what a lovely home you have dear lady :D mari

Melanie said...

Stephanie, stopping by to wish you a blessed and Happy New Year!

living from glory to glory said...

Dear Stephanie, What a lovely post! And just wanted to wish you a very Happy New Year... I think of you often while I learn to play the piano. Praying still...
Hugs, Roxy And Family

Beth P said...

Hi Stephanie, I just popped over from KathyinOzarks to say hello! I love your blog and oh my gosh those recipes and sewing projects! Needless to say I am your newest follower :)
Hugs for now from snowy New Hampshire & hope you have a Spectacular New Year!
Beth P
https://pinkopossumstudio.blogspot.com

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