December 18, 2015

Christmas Home Tour 2015

 I hope your holiday season has been filled with a new awareness of God's blessings in your life!  We have so very much to be thankful for as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ!

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.   And everyone went to their own town to register.

 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. 

 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 guest room available for them.

 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 that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

 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. 

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.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,
 The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Christ is born! Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

I know for many the holidays are hard because of loved ones we've lost. May the Holy Spirit comfort us this year as we cherish memories of our loved ones that are no longer with us.

"I will never leave you nor forsake you."  Hebrews 13:5

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  1. I never tire of reading this beautiful story.... the reason for this season!! It accompanied by your luvly home was a double treat!
    Come on by and visit my home tour.
    Happy Christmas Lynda.
    Hugs, Gee

  2. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home this Christmas. Everything is so festive, I especially like the gorgeous tree next to the fireplace and the tablescape.
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Lynda,
    E x q u i s i t e!!!
    Your entire home has taken on an ethereal appearance for Christmas, dear friend!!!
    I'm, totally, mesmerized by the evening photos!!!
    Thank you for sharing The Christmas Story with all of us!!!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!

  4. Gorgeous!!! and absolutely Beautiful story to go along with it!
    Merry Christmas and Many Blessings to you and your family!

  5. Merry Christmas, Lynda. What a beautiful post, both in meaning and images. Wishing you beautiful holidays celebrating the birth of our Savior with those you love.