Have A Joyous Christmas

All is calm,
all is bright.

My sweet and wonderful friends,
Christmas is almost here.
Can you feel the joy,
the excitement,
the anticipation?
How I love the twinkling Christmas lights,
the smell of cookies baking in the oven,
the cozy nights sitting by the Christmas tree
while the snow gently falls to the ground.
How I love curling up by the fire
with a charming Christmas story,
playing family games late into the evening,
and seeing the joyful smiles of others
when they wish you "Merry Christmas."
While I love all of these things,
the most precious thing I love about Christmas
is the celebration of the birth of our Savior.
It's truly a delightful time of the year,
isn't it, my friends?

'Tis a joyous season. . .
one filled with rejoicing.
Even the angels sang and rejoiced 
over the newborn King.

Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"
- - Charles Wesley - -

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 - -

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 - -

There's a song in the air! 
There's a star in the sky! 
There's a mother's deep prayer 
and a baby's low cry! 
And the star rains its fire 
while the beautiful sing, 
for the manger of Bethlehem 
cradles a King!

There's a tumult of joy 
o'er the wonderful birth, 
for the virgin's sweet boy 
is the Lord of the earth. 
Ay! the star rains its fire 
while the beautiful sing, 
for the manger of Bethlehem 
cradles a King! 
- - Josiah G. Holland - -

What a beautiful scene is drawn for us 
in this joyful Christmas hymn!
As we visualize once more
the glorious chorus of angels,
the brilliant star, 
and Mary watching over her babe
in the lowly manger,
we feel like joining the "heavenly throng"
in their "tumult of joy"
to greet our Savior and King!
- - Kenneth W. Osbeck - -

Sing, my friends!
Sing with exuberance!
Sing as though you were actually joining 
the angels in their song that continues to ring.

The shepherds had an angel
The wise men had a star
But what have I, a little child,
To guide me from far,
Where glad stars sing together
And singing angels are?
Christ watches me, His little lamb,
Cares for me day and night,
That I may be His own in heaven;
So angels clad in white
Shall sing their "Glory, glory"
For my sake in the height.
- - Christina Rossetti - -

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 come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

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

Are you feeling the Christmas JOY,
sweet friends?
It's contagious!

Joy to the world, the Lord has come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.
- - Isaac Watts - -

Did you know that Joy to the World
is a paraphrase of the last part of Psalm 98:

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, 
all the earth: make a loud noise, 
and rejoice, and sing praise...
Let the floods clap their hands: 
let the hills be joyful together
Before the LORD; 
for he cometh to judge the earth: 
with righteousness shall he judge the world, 
and the people with equity.
- - Psalm 98:4, 8-9 - -

Although it was originally a song of rejoicing
for Jehovah's protection of His chosen people
and the anticipation of the time
when He would be the God of the whole earth,
this psalm was intended by Watts 
to be a New Testament expression of praise.
It exalts the salvation that began when God became incarnate
as the Babe of Bethlehem
who was destined to remove the curse of Adam's fall.
The text was originally titled
"The Messiah's Coming and Kingdom"
when it first appeared in a hymnal of 1719
by Isaac Watts.
- - Kenneth W. Osbeck - Amazing Grace - -

Sweet friends,
I hope this post has brought you much joy.
I hope you are rejoicing over the birth of Jesus.
What a precious, precious gift we have been given.

The time has come for me to take a break from my blog
to enjoy this blessed Christmas Season with my family.
It is my hope that you have a lovely Christmas 
filled with love and tender moments.

We celebrate at Christmas
that Christ was 
but also that He
- - Craig Christensen - -

Love and hugs to you, friends.

Merry Christmas!


Linda said...

Beautiful! I hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas, my friend. smiles

Regina said...

Have a very blessed Christmas dear Stephanie!

Louca por porcelana said...

Stunning Christmas decoration!Merry Christmas!

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

Simply beautiful, sweet Stephanie! Merry Christmas!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Oh so beautiful dear Stephanie, just like you. The colors, the softness all very soothing and the scripture and Christmas thoughts powerful and true.

Thank you and have a wonderful Christmas ~ FlowerLady

Kerin said...

Lovely and heartwarming post, thank you.
Enjoy your break and Merry Christmas to you and yours.


Debbie Harris said...

Who wouldn't be singing with a joyous voice in praises to our Holy and Righteous King after reading this posting with what you have shared in the songs the hymns the words and the beauty of your home in pictures, just gorgeous Stephanie! Thank you!

Love you~

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Have a very Merry Christmas Stephanie! Enjoy the coziness of the season.

With Lots of Love,

Melanie said...

I love seeing all your lovely decorations. They are just YOU! Have a blessed Christmas.

Sherida Stewart said...

Stephanie, what joyous decorations! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. May your Christmas celebration be filled with blessings, love and JOY!

domenica.60 said...

Yor home is a Christmas dream!

Joyful said...

A beautiful post Stephanie. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Becky W said...

I love the lovely decorations in your home! Wish we could be there next week. With our love--wishing you a joyous and blessed Christmas.

Kim said...

So lovely, dear Stephanie. Everything is shimmering with the gifts of Christmas. May you and your family enjoy a blessed Christmas♥

Cheryl said...

OH, how beautiful, sweet friend! Just amazing and so cozy and inviting! My favorite photo is the last one with all the lights dimmed. God bless you and your sweet family this wonderful season!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very uplifting and joy filled post! I just love the Christmas Hymns and the scripture verses about Christ's birth. Your decorations are lovely. Have a wonderful time with family and friends. Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

You decorated you house so nice for Christmas Stephanie. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.
Hugs Julie

Carla from The River said...

Lovely post my friend!
Wishing you a Happy Christmas and the best in 2019!

Mari said...

Beautiful post! I love the quote that said "we celebrate that he was born, and also that he lived!"

I'm also taking a blog break.
Merry Christmas my friend!

Conniecrafter said...

Love your shabby chic feeling to your dining room and your red and white decorations, so pretty!
Yes I am so ready to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior... we had our church choir combined children's play last Sunday and always look forward to our Christmas eve service.
May you and your family enjoy a wonderful Christmas!

Sylvia said...

Yes, I am feeling the joy! What a wonderful time of the year, when it seems most everyone is in peace and joy. I love all your decorations, you have a lovely home!
Have a very Merry Christmas filled with God's love and blessings, dear Stephanie.

Billie Jo said...

Hello Dear Stephanie.
Such a beautiful post filled with lovely words and BEAUTIFUL photos!
Thank you for inspiring all through the year.
HAve a Blessed Christmas with your people!

Anna said...

Lovely words, decorations and pictures !!!!
I wish you, and your family, a Merry Christmas !!!!!!!
Have fun !

Buttercup said...

Beautiful post! Wishes for a joyous Christmas and a bright and blessed new year. Lots of love, dear friend!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Such an inspiring post Stephanie! I hadn't heard the Psalm 98 significance to Joy to the World - thank you for that. I enjoyed seeing all your lovely decorations too. Blesses Christmas wishes to you and your family!

Margie said...

Your house is beautifully decorated for Christmas! I love the different types of trees. Merry Christmas to you and your family! See you in 2019!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such a lovely post, dear Stephanie! Your home looks so pretty and cozy and I love the beautiful hymns. Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas and many blessings in the coming new year. Hugs xo Karen

Tamago said...

Your decoration is so beautiful, Stephanie. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What beautiful words, hymns, and pictures of your sparkling home you've shared with us, sweet friend. Merry Christmas blessings to you and your family, as you rejoice in the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Chris Lally said...

The most lovely and heartfelt of Christmas posts! Thank you, Stephanie.
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Trusting that God's abundant grace will shower you and your loved ones throughout the coming year!

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Your home is lovely dear Stephanie! I thoroughly enjoyed the visit. You again remind me of the real reason for this season.. the celebration and joy of Jesus's birth. I love your spiritual and moving posts. May you have a wonderful happy joyful Christmas with your husband and son.. and any other family nearby! Enjoy your Christmas break. Hugs.. Marilyn

AppleApricot Wen said...

Beautiful post sweetie, thank you for sharing the beautiful words and photos with us! And merry Christmas to you too, dear friend! May your home and heart be filled with joy, peace, and love. Your home is looking so cozy and inviting! Sending you big hugs and love, xx

Vee said...

Ahhhhh...what a precious, meaningful post filled with beauty and truth and providing that wonderful sense of peace that only comes from knowing Him. A very special Christmas to you and yours...

Sheryl said...

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas.

Debby Ray said...

What a beautiful post filled with such beauty in word and and image. Your lovely Christmas decor sets the perfect back drop for the words to these wonderful carols. May you and your sweet family celebrate a most blessed Christmas and I hope that 2019 will be your best year yet! Merry Christmas Hug to you! ♥

Feral Turtle said...

Gorgeous! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season! xo

hobbyloes said...

How wonderful is your post, your Christmas decorations are really beautiful.
Wishing you and your family a blessed and wonderful Christmas.

Polly said...

A beautiful post dear Stephanie. I hope you and your family have a very Happy Christmas x

Teri said...

Such a precious posting. Your home is so, so pretty. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Warmest Hugs ♥ Teri

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, your home is simply beautiful. Such gorgeous feminine touches. Merry Christmas! xo

Anne Payne said...

Oh, I am awestruck by the beauty and simplicity of your decorations! You have such a gift, my friend. It is beautiful the way you have arranged everything. Thank you for sharing with us. I hope you have a restful break and many enjoyable moments with your family. {{hugs}}

handmade by amalia said...

Your decorations are so pretty, Stephanie. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas day.

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Merry Christmas Stephanie! I'm a bit late stopping by for a visit, but oh my, what a beautiful treat to see all the lovelies in your pictures, but most of all the treasured story of the birth of Christ shared in such a special moving way, oh yes, it is contagious to be excited about the birth of our Lord, and how He wrapped himself in humanity and offered himself to us in such an incredibly humble way. I pray your Christmas was blessed with a sweet presence of the Lord, blessings and hugs to you :)

Red Rose Alley said...

Your home is charming at Christmas time, Stephanie. So many lovely treasures you have. I noticed the blue tea pot right away on the top of your china cabinet, as blue china is the prettiest to me. And the red and white wreaths add a whimsical touch to your home. Yes, this is such a beautiful time of year, and it's so special in every way. I just wanted to make sure I stopped by at this time, as you are dear to me. Wishing you joy and peace in the new year and always, Stephanie.

love, ~Sheri

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Lowcarb team member said...

A beautiful post.
Hoping your Christmas-time was wonderful.

My good wishes for the coming New Year.

All the best Jan

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

Stephanie, your home looked just beautiful decked out for Christmas. I can't believe it has already come and gone. Best wishes to you, Travor and Elijah for the New Year. Love Aunt Kelly.

Madison said...

Catching up on my favorite blogs after the holiday ... positively LOVE seeing bits of your lovely home at Christmas time. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic 2019. xx

Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

Mimi said...

Dearest Stephanie, sending love and all that is good in the world to you and your family for 2019. I always look forward to a visit here. Love, Mimi xxx

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