Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

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In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

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So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

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While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

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Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

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When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

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When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:1-20

~Merry Christmas from my family to yours!~

85 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank-you, Kelli! Merry Christmas! Debbi

Elena said...

Beautiful post! We wish your family the same. My husband will be reading the same passage before we open our presents!

Wendi said...

Wonderful post. I read your blog daily but I don't comment oftern. I wanted to wish you Merry Christmas from my home to yours!

Charity said...

A very Merry Christmas to you as well!

Leigh said...

Merry Christmas Kelli!

evergreen said...

Lovely candle photos. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Leann said...

Merry Christmas and God Bless!

Kathy said...

Merry Christmas Kelli to you and your family. This was a beautiful entry.
Blessings,
Kathy

Sandra said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family Kelli :)

Hugs,
Sandra

Marilena said...

Merry Christmas from Romania, Kelli! I like very much your blog!

Linda C said...

Thank you, Kelli. What a blessing to stop the hustle and bustle and remember "...a savior is born this day..."

What this is all about!

Have a blessed Merry Christmas,

Linda C

YayaOrchid said...

What a beautiful and timely reminder of the reason for the season! Thank you for posting it.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Stephanie said...

Thank you for the nice kind words....
Hope your Christmas is a Merry one!
~Stephanie~

Cathy said...

Just beautiful, Kelli, Merry Christmas, sweet friend.

Becky said...

How beautiful! Thank you Kelli and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

IRENE said...

Oh, so lovely, Kelli.A very blessed Christmas to you and your family.

TJ said...

Thank you Kelli! I love your photos included in such a moving passage!

Merry Christmas!

Emily said...

Beautiful post! Merry Christmas to you too! :)

Susan said...

Great post!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Danielle said...

I love the long red candle with the pine branches around it. So beautiful.

Danielle said...

I love the long red candle with the pine branches around it. So beautiful.

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Kelli
Thank you for this wonderful post reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas. Your pictures accompanied the scripture beautifully.
I loved the recipes you have posted over the last few days. DELICIOUS.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Lindsay

Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista said...

I love your pictue story...so pretty!

Redeemed By His Love said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Kelli and to your family!
Miriam :)

Tracy said...

Marry Christmas to you too! Thanks for the LIGHT reminder! Blessings

Heather said...

great post kelli! i hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy, Enjoy and Enjoy some more.
Teresa

FeeBeeKay said...

A beautiful post with such wonderful images. Wishing you a very happy and peaceful Christmas, with all the joy and blessings that it may bring.

FeeBeeKay

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh Kelli this was so pretty. What an amazing illustration of the Christmas story. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Many Blessings to you and your family!
Merry Christmas,
Sherry

MyJourneyBack said...

Kelli,
I got an award today. I passed it on to you. Come over when you get a chance and pick it up! Merry Christmas my friend.

Jennifer said...

Your pictures are so pretty with the scriptures! Merry Christmas - have a beautiful day!!

Michelle said...

Very beautiful, as always. :)

Janet, said...

Very well said. Merry Christmas.

Deb said...

Merry Christmas Kelli! Thank you for being such a gift all year long! May 2009 bring you love, joy and peace!

Lora said...

A beautiful post, Kelli!

Merry Christmas to you!

glorv1 said...

Thank you very much Kelli. I 'm just hopping around to my favorite blogs to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I must say, you have brightened my life with your posts and I am happy to have found your blog.

Julie said...

Merry Christmas to you, too!! Julie

Jen said...

Merry Christmas friend.

BECKY said...

Merry Christmas, Kelli!! Each year the Christmas story is ever new!
Blessings as you celebrate the birth of our Savior!
Becky

Devita said...

Those all beautiful Kelli!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!!

cookienurse said...

Thank you for sharing what is so important about the season: the Word became flesh.
Merry Christmas!

Britta said...

What a wonderful post.
I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Hugs,
Britta

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a pretty way to display the Christmas story! Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!

Naturegirl said...

Peace on earth and to all men!
Kelli:May the Spirit of Christmas leave its blessings on the hearts of you and your sweet family! hugs NG

An Accomplished Woman said...

Thank you. Merry Christmas. I love Christmas.

dot said...

Beautiful post Kelli! I'm at Tina's. Merry Christmas from both of us.

Carrie P. said...

What a beautiful way to present the gospel. Your blog is always so inspirational.Merry Christmas to you and yours and a Blessed New Year.

Sioux said...

Beautiful, Kelli. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

aswewalk said...

Mmm...Amen. Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours. And a very blessed New Year.

Jackie said...

Thank you for the wonderful post about the true meaning of Christmas. We all need a reminder once in awhile, during the rush.

Merry Christmas Kelli, I hope that everything good and beautiful comes your way.

God bless.

Lady Katherine said...

Blessing to you and your family, Have a Merry Christmas.

Storybook Woods said...

A blessed Merry Christmas sweetie xoxox Clarice

My open roads said...

Merry Christmas, Kelli!

Lara Gisela said...

Merry Christmas Kelli!!! Your blog is such a blessing to us. Thank you.

Ms. Tee said...

Lovely photos! Merry Christmas to you and your family, too! :)

JanMary said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Northern Ireland.

Lori said...

Merry Christmas to you nad your family too!!
Love,Lori

My Journey said...

Merry Christmas, Kelli! Thanks for your letter. I'll write back soon!!! God Bless!

Sandra said...

Merry Christmas Kelli! Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday.

Carla said...

How perfect-the words AND the photos-Merry Christmas to you and yours:)

AwtemNymf said...

A Magical Merry Christmas to you & yours!
*sprinkle sprinkle*
Hugs & Faerie Dust!
~A~

Linda said...

Wonderful post....thank you. I'm wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas...hugs, Linda

Monique Elisabeth said...

Merry Christmas Kelli to you and yours. I hope you will have a wonderful time !!!!!

PEA said...

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! Merry Christmas to you and yours, dear Kelli! xoxo

Lady Farmer said...

Beautiful post, Kelli! Your photos remind me that Jesus is the Light of the World!
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Raeann

Sharon said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, what a wonderful post and such lovely pictures. God Bless.

Sondra said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Beautiful post and all your treats from the post below look fabulous.

Jadehollow said...

Kelli...
God bless and hold you and yours close, and let His peace that is beyond understanding surround you and fill your heart with His love, now, and all year long.
Merry Christmas!
~Debbie

Barbara H. said...

A very merry Christmas to you, too!

Nora Lee said...

Merry Christmas ~ the story of Christ' birth always warms my heart. God's blessings to you and your family now and in the New Year.

Heather said...

Merry Chritmas Kelli and family!!!

Love, Heather and family

Jodi said...

I love this beautiful post! He is the Light of the world. :o)

Merry Christmas to you and your precious family! Hugs to you.

Judy said...

Merry Christmas Kelli!

Jan and Tom said...

Just dropping in to wish you a Merry Christmas!!

~Blessings,
Jan & Tom

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for the card! It was so good to hear from you! ULLA

Winterwood said...

merry christmas to you and your family Kelli!

Karen Sherrill said...

Merry Christmas to you...and WOW...the peanut butter chocolate truffles are REALLY good!!! Thanks for the recipe...I think ;o).

Gattina said...

Merry Christmas to you too !

Bovey Belle said...

I hope that you had a blessed Christmas. Looking forward to the forum being up and running again.

Pear tree cottage! said...

Blessings to you and your dear family Kelli, It is wonderful that your blog like those of many is a "MUST READ" throughout the year and I simply say we have enjoyed it down here in Australia is not enough but I am sure the pleasure it brings to us all......"Happy boxing day" to you dear blogger friend.

Lee-ann

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Merry Christmas Kelli & family!

Christmas Blessings,
Kathi :)

Julie said...

I still love the King James Bible version the best (you can tell how old I am by that comment).

Thank you for the lovely card and tea. It was wonderful.

I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas Day.

Melissa Wertz said...

Lovely Kelli!

I hope that you and your family had a wonderful and Merry Christmas this year!

Blessings,
Melissa

Kelly said...

Hope you all had a blessed Christmas ( despite the tough meat :(

Looking forward to pictures~

Hugs~
Kelly

Farrah said...

How do you get such pretty dark shots?? Beautiful!