This year, I’m all about Christmas!

Hello everybody!

We’ve just finished Hanukkah. I lit the candles and sang the prayers. But this year, I’m all about celebrating Christmas! Who’s with me?

Aunt Bethany Christmas vacation
Last year at this time, my husband’s mother had just died–only six months after my own mother’s death which was eleven months after my father’s death. It was a time of indescribable grief for our entire family.

This year, sadness has (mostly) given way to fond memories. We have a new baby grandson–our first!–and we’re looking forward to making new memories with this new little person. Our lives have settled back into a routine and we’re ready to open up and accept the joy of the Christmas season again. This year, we’re celebrating along with the angels of God, saying, Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14)

6 Ideas for Celebrating Advent as a Family

How is your holiday season going this year? Are you in a sad or anxious time, or a time of refreshment (or some of each)? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Whether this season finds you mourning or rejoicing, I pray that the free gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus, will guard your heart with peace.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9 NKJV 

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