Friday, December 20, 2013

F.F.F. - 12.20.13

Just 5 more days until we celebrate one of the two greatest events in history.  In my opinion, Christmas, along with Easter, are the most important things to ever have happened.  A King giving up His throne to not only come live with common people in a humble and lowly station of life, but to later take upon Himself every sin so that His creation might be freed from eternal judgment?

There is no news greater than this!

Christmas is such a holy sacred time.   Take time out of the busy Christmas rush to reflect on that Ultimate Gift and of the love behind the giving of the Gift...which segues into  my Friday's Fave Five.  Each Friday, I love to reflect on the blessings in my life.  Whether great or small, there are blessings each week for which I can give praise.

1. Light!  In the dark and dreary days of winter, light is so important to me.  I love candlelight and all the twinkling lights of Christmas that adds so much to the atmosphere.

2. Music!  Although, I must confess I do not enjoy leading Christmas carols in worship - they are very difficult to sing! - I do love to hear Christmas music sung by others.  I'm also a big fan of instrumental music playing in the background.  Music adds to the mood of my days.

3. Greetings!  I love getting cards in the mail, newsletters and emails from all my friends this time of year.  I have my 2013 Holiday Letter written and found some cute Holiday Animal Print stationery - yes, it is possible to find animal print! I will be working like crazy to get them in the mail tomorrow.  I always call my newsletter a Holiday Letter for one reason - to diminish stress thinking they have to arrive before Christmas. It is NOT because I don't want to say the word Christmas.

4. Camera!  I love my little Canon Powershot and love to share photos.  Here are just a couple from around the house.  I must admit very little decorating around the house has been done so far. I still have time ....

My favorite little Nativity that I have been using since my girls were small.

Not Christmas decor - but I had to show you progress in my office!

5.  Fragrance!  I love the smell of Christmas.  Pine, apple, cinnamon and vanilla are the homey scents wafting from my candles and wax burners. Soon the smell of cookies and ham baking will add to the atmosphere.

And so ends another week on the Journey.  I hope you are surrounded by a wonderful atmosphere of love, warmth, pretty sights, good smells and goodwill.  If you would like to share, leave a comment, or link up at Susanne's blog, Living to Tell the Story.


Joyful Reader said...

loved my visit today! Merry Christmas!

Faith said...

Oh I love all of your faves and your office looks so cozy!! I too enjoy the lights and scents of Christmas. I did only a few cards this year but hopefully they will arrive by Christmas. If not, I also included a happy new year greeting!! Mery Christmas Jerrelea to you and your family. God bless you!,

Anonymous said...

What a joyful celebration of anticipation! You are ready for Christmas in your heart.

Anonymous said...

Love your faves this week! Light is so important this time of year when it's dark out. I love the smells of Christmas too - did some baking today while listening to carols. I love Christmas newsletters.

Willow said...

Love your faves this week! Candles, yes! Music, yes! Greetings from friends and family, yes! Merry (most important celebration!) Christmas to you.

Susanne said...

Christmas lights, Christmas music, Christmas scents, that sweet nativity. Lovely favorites. Like how your room is coming along too! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

May said...

I can get behind this list of Fave Five 100%! So much goodness this time of year. Enjoy every bit of it!