Tuesday, December 18, 2007

bits of the season

Been trying to savor Christmas around here-looking through it through the camera helps me to see it differently and appreciate it more. We spent the day working on gingerbread men (a favorite, light treat of mine) and collecting great Christmas books from the library. I look forward to digging into them with the kids through the week. So here's a peak at Christmas around here.

The tree in the playroom upstairs-the kids helped to decorate it-they've only knocked it down twice.

Handmade ornaments by Zac and other special ornaments from our childhoods-thought it would be best to put these up higher and out of the danger zone.

Christmas is very fun around here, we're trying to stay caught up in the wonder of it. Something that's helping me is Todd Agnew 's Christmas album with songs from the different perspectives of each person in the Christmas story. It's amazing, and has made me think of things in a new light. It's easy to gloss over the true meaning of Christmas only because we hear it so much but when I really stop to think about it I am amazed: God came to earth, the greatest gift of all-we did nothing to earn his reckless love. That undoes me every time I think of it. Reading through the words of some of my favorite Christmas hymns has brought this home to me.

O Holy Night:

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our Friend!
He knows our need—to our weakness is no stranger.
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!
Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!

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