Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas, 2012

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life:
(John 3:16 AMP).

My blog is only 8 months old and I have appreciated all the kind and encouraging comments that many have left. They inspire me to keep writing when ideas come to me.

But it is Christmas and a time to embrace holiday joys with friends and family. 

If you could be “here”, we’d sit and share amidst some of the scenes you see below. How nice that would be! 

So - from my home ( literally ) to yours - a most

Merry Christmas!

Hanging the Bethlehem Star!

This precious Nativity set was purchased in Gudadalajara, Mexico 
in 1978. I had been asked to join a family I know on their vacation. 
I think of that special time often, but especially each year
 when I bring out the Nativity set.

The small carved wooden lamb on the left is a keepsake I purchased
 in Bethlehem, the following year. He brings joy each year, too! 

 The Birthday of the King!

. . .a birthday card from a close friend brings joy. . .

 . . .and heaven and nature sing. . .

. . .some gifts I will open Christmas Eve. . .

In 1990, my Mom painted this oil rendering of 
“Father Christmas".  
It has been a treasured Christmas item ever since. 
After her death in 2001, each family member has had the 
opportunity to hang it in their home for a Christmas season. 
Now, he is here and ever available to any family member 
who wants to have him sparkle for them during the holiday!

May your holiday be a time of joy. 
Thank you for sharing some time here with me! 
God bless you!


  1. Oh Lynn,
    I just loved this post!! It was so neat to see your lovely Christmas scenes in your home, which by the way, always feels like it is filled with the Lord's presence. I especially liked the nativity scene from Mexico and the angels, particularly now since heaven has 20 more angels from New Town!
    Have a blessed Christmas, Lynn... and thanks for your touching blog!!

    1. Roxy - you ever encourage me.

      I loved having you stop by to visit my home in photos. When we were neighbors, you were away from your apartment during Christmas or you would have seen that Nativity "in person". It touches me each time I get it out it is so full of memories and also it brings back to me the summer after my junior year in college that I worked in a village in Mexico.

      Yes, the Newton angels - their voices filling the heavenly choir this year and touching our hearts forever.

      I wish you and your loving family and great Christmas time, too!

  2. Merry Christmas Lynn, Thank you for the time shared in your lovely home! Your home feels so full of Joy, Peace, and our Lord.
    All your decorations are so touching and more so with hearing a little of the memories behind them.
    God Bless, and I so look forward to your writings in the New Year!

    Margie Scott

    1. Margie, I am happy you stopped by.
      It is one way to have company during the holiday!

      I felt similarly when viewing your photos in the winter wonderland where you live.
      Peaceful and lovely.

      Yes, I think that each of us pull out many memories this time of year and are reminded of the many blessings some of the treasure hold for us. I know it is true for me.


  3. Slightly belated Merry Christmas to you, my dear friend. For some reason I do not get the emails telling me you have posted a new blog even though I have subscribed. Hence, I keep missing your blogs until I 'think' to go looking.

    Thank you for the lovely 'visit' in your beautiful home which radiates love and joy - both yours and that of our Lord and Saviour. The only thing missing was the cup of tea! lol Someday ??

    Hope you had a joyous Christmas Day. Ours was busy but nice. So much fun to see a 3 year old enjoy his first Christmas when he had any clue as to what the gifts were all about. Can't wait for him to be old enough to truly understand the meaning of Christmas. He was filled with such joy on Christmas morning though and that brought joy to my heart. I took time out for a nap and went back for a yummy dinner. Lots of food and family during all of that day.

    Much love from my home to yours,



    1. Heather, I am so glad you thought to drop by.
      I hear from others who have signed up for email alerts and do not get them.
      The same thing is true for me with friend’s blogs where I have signed up for alerts.
      I’ve not a clue how to remedy it for me or for those signed up here.

      I hear from friends who cannot get through the maze to leave comments.
      So, to see anything “here” after I post is a real treat for me!

      If I can remember, I’ll try and alert you when I post. I have one ready to post for New Year’s Day so you may want to come back on January 1st or after for that!

      I love hearing that your Christmas holiday was full of fun with family. A little one always brings a sense of Christmas that is unique. Next year may just be a real handful of keeping up with him!

      Continuing prayers for your well being - and joys for the new year.

      Much Love,


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