Counting Down to Christmas
It’s hard to believe Christmas is just a few short days away! My year end responsibilities at work finished late yesterday and was turned over to the outside auditors today. I got things done the rest of today, but not at a very fast speed. I’m off on vacation now until January 2. Yippee!!
As these next few days speed by – can you believe today was the shortest day of the year? – you might want to consider a devotion for those celebrating Christmas. I’ve been using a reading plan on YouVersion called “Carols, A Christmas Devotional”. It matches Bible verses to Christmas songs with a short devotion and a couple of questions for contemplation and prayer.
They also have several short devotions, perfect for these next few days. including the Sounds of Christmas (4 days long) and the Rhythms of Christmas (5 days). What I like about YouVersion is that I can do it on the computer or my mobile device. As I browse through their plans and find something I like, I add it to my list for later. The next one I plan to use is “100 Descriptions of God”. Surprisingly, it’s only a 31 day plan.
Remember to eat healthy and get enough exercise and sleep. It makes a big difference in enjoying yourself and staying serene.
Here’s some more wreaths from Colonial Williamsburg – enjoy! Go here to see more wreaths from Colonial Williamsburg. If you go to my blog (instead of reading this via an e-mail), you can roll your mouse over each wreath to see some of the materials used in making them. Remember they are all native to the area.
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
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I enjoyed the photos and this theme! Thanks and Happy Holidays!
Thanks Beth! I’m glad you stopped by.
Not to get off topic too much, but did you ever get through “Jesus Calling?” I know many people who have read it and enjoyed it very much. I have not read it myself, but I just wondered how it went for you. Youversion has become very popular because of its availability. — Merry Christmas.
I did not finish Jesus Calling. I did not find it encouraging. I went back to Walk Thru The Bible for a few months (Proverbs is a great book, but really boring when done day after day), then moved over to YouVersion. I think I’ll stay with it for next year. I’d agree with you – I like the availability, plus since it’s shorter, I can concentrate on it, think on it, and not have so much that later I don’t remember it.
I think that is great. People need to find what works for them and go with it. I tell people that the main thing is to read your Bible. How, when, where…are not as important. — I did a series on Proverbs for the youth group last year. I blogged some of them, but not all of them. I was actually considering putting it together as a short devotional– maybe a two month deal or something like that. Proverbs is a unique book, but there are so many gems in there. — At any rate, thanks for answering my question. Have a wonderful Christmas.
Thanks for asking! Proverbs is a great book, but doing it in under 30 days is just too fast. YouVersion has a study for it that I might do later next year.
Enjoy every minute of your time off, Nancy. Ho! Ho! Ho!
You are too funny! I’ve been really enjoying your blog but am short on time to leave comments (I expect to get in trouble any minute now for sitting here working on my computer, even though they’re playing video games).
Thanks Kitty. Are you staying home or taking off somewhere?
Having a quiet at home Christmas. Our first Christmas with our two black cats.
I hope you enjoyed yourself. It’s hard to believe Zoe is already gone a year. The time really flies by.
A very merry Christmas to you and your family, and enjoy a safe holiday. :-)
Thanks so very much Jen – you enjoy the holidays also.
Safe was unfortunately not the word as we drove here. It took about 3 hours too long and we had to detour several times due to fatalities on the highways. I was so glad when we finally got here safely and without incident! Each years seems to be worse.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thanks Mary and the same to you as well!
Have a wonderful holiday…well deserved for sure. :)
Merry Christmas and God bless you and your loved ones.
holiday hugs… :)
Thanks Millie. I hope yours were good also. Were you able to see your daughter?
Our daughter is still visiting. Tending to residual aches and pains from Nutcracker performances, as well as a cold she caught here at home. Thanks for asking. Was your daughter able to spend the holidays with you?
Keep well…as another year begins. Hugs… :)
These are delightful. Just love the last one! Enjoy your time off, you deserve it!! Merry Christmas to you and yours. XO
Thanks Darlene – you enjoy your holidays also. Will you be seeing your daughter? The boyfriend is spending the day with us, which is really nice.