Farmhouse Christmas tour
Welcome! Come on out in out of the cold and let me fix you something warm to drink.
You like marshmallows in your cocoa, yes? With a candy cane to swirl them around? Good!
There’s comfort food in the slow cooker … Christmas music playing in the background … red and gold and glitter sprinkled throughout the house. Nothing fancy, just simple pleasures to reflect and sparkle and glisten — decorations to deepen the connection between everyday scenes and the reason for the season. It’s a celebration and we’re doing our gentle best to bring ‘merry and bright’ and ‘comfort and joy’ and ‘peace and goodwill’ to all who bless our doorstep.
Grab a snack and let’s begin …
Take a moment to peruse the cards sent by dear friends and family, far and near. More glad tidings to come, each one treasured for its heartwarming message of friendship, love and Christmas blessings.
We leave the lights on … ‘burn a candle’ against the cold for travelers young and old.
Why? To warm hearts, of course. Isn’t that why we all hang lights in festive adornment?
We want to spread cheer — to represent the light of the world come down from above.
Exquisite joy born to and for us.
Yes, this little light of mine, I shall let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine. Let it snow, let it snow!
For we will be safe and warm, surrounded by a fortune of love and goodness and blessing.
Joy in my heart.
Joy at my table where loved ones are fed in body and soul — I hope.
And though traditions old and new are blended and mistaken, we take the time to explain the heritage of stockings hung with care, gifts given to others.
Neither began with a man in a red suit, by the way. But you know that and so do I.
The magic of Christmas is a story about a babe in a barn. It is a story of holy humanity.
And some may see a festive wreath with a big red bow …
… and others may see the semblance of a crown of thorns dripping red with painful, sacrificial forgiveness.
Bring on the sparkle and laughter and joy of the season. Decorate, congregate and celebrate all merry and bright. But please, I beg you, remember what it’s really about.
And suddenly, it will be SO MUCH MORE and your heart will never be the same.
For Christmas is not about the what or the when … but it is about the WHO.
WHO? WHO? WHO?
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, good will toward men.
If you’re visiting from Nester’s Christmas House Tour, welcome!
Happy decorating, merry Christmas and remember what she says …