Monday, 15 November 2010

The Christmas Countdown

Only 39 days left until Christmas!  Yep, it is true.  I knew it was coming up.  I mean the stores have all had lots of Christmas decor and merchandise since the day after Halloween but I thought I had more time.  Nope.

From here on out life will be crazy.  Not that I find it is ever really not crazy but it will be crazier than ever for the next month and a little bit.  So if you are like me and have not started your Christmas shopping or decorating and you have just woken up to the fact that time is ticking away, then today is the day to get started.

I have taken the first step.  I put on some Christmas music and changed the background on my blog.  So now I can say I have started!  Look for more posts in the nest few weeks on quickie appetizers and helpful hints.

If you feel overwhelmed by it all, may I suggest that you start with reading the Christmas story in Luke.  It is always good to start with what Christmas is truly all about.    If you need some checklists and a plan here is link to a great website that will help us get organized.

So grab yourself an eggnog; the season is upon us!

Luke 2

Jesus' Birth in Bethlehem
 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.
 This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.
 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.
 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,
 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.
 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.
 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.
 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
 "This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
    "Glory to God in the highest,
         And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."
 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us."
 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.
 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.
 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.
 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.
 The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.


  1. No matter how much I try to be ready, I get all excited and whatnot, but I still always seem to run out of time for something. I got a start on the shopping already, I bought the cards but didn't open the box of them yet LOL. The tree is still in the closet with the twinkle lights. But like you, I've got the christmas music going and the blogs been posting christmas stuff so that should score me some points with Santa!


  3. i love the new background, and thanks for posting the scripture in full! is it wrong that in the back of my mind, near the end, i can't block out the sound of the charlie brown piano and choir? :) xo

  4. Thanks for the comments. No Liz it is definitely not wrong to hear the sound of the Charlie Brown choir and piano! Best Christmas album ever! I think I will go and play it right now....

  5. Funny, I don't hear the charlie brown choir, I just hear the whole verse said in Linus' voice. Crazy I know, but seems that's how I managed to remember it faster.