I wish you a merry, warm, loving Christmas today. Whatever your reason for celebrating—to continue long-held tradition, or as in my case, as a celebration of the birth of Christ—may these be days filled with the sort of love and laughter that mellow into long-held, long-treasured memories.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
By the way, if you’d like to see some of the Christmas goings-on about the house, pop on over to my Flickr stream; I hope to have a few more photos up sometime tomorrow, too.