It’s Been Said, Many Times, Many Ways…

It really is the most wonderful time of the year. There is so much to do and enjoy and celebrate and I love every single second of it. And you know what? Sometimes it really helps to take the “less is more” approach.

I didn’t get out every single piece of decor (most of it, but not everything, I promise!). I didn’t send Christmas cards. I didn’t join every link party out there. I didn’t even host one big event. And guess what- it’s still been a great season and it’s even getting better.Home Sweet Here Christmas

It’s in that same spirit that I’m going to shut down Home Sweet Here for the rest of the year. I don’t get a lot of time off from work for the holidays and I really want to just spend as much time and energy as I can enjoying what matters most.

I really encourage you to do the same. It’s ok to not bake 14 types of cookies. It’s ok to not craft every day. It’s ok to say no when you don’t have the time or energy. It’s also ok to bake 14 types of cookies, craft every day and say yes to all you want to. Do what makes the season the most magical for you but be sure to come back here in January becuase we’ve got lots to do and talk about!

Merry Christmas to you and your precious families. I don’t know all of you personally, but I know that you all have full lives and the fact that you take the time to click over here and read means the world to me. I appreciate it and am amazed by it every day. My hope for you is that you have the best Christmas ever and treasure every moment in your heart. Merry Christmas, Friends! Avery 2012

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. –Luke 2:1-20

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. –2 Corinthians 8:9

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3 thoughts on “It’s Been Said, Many Times, Many Ways…

  1. I am sorry I didn’t read this until now. I had followed all the way up to the peppermint bark and then life took over. But you know, it really made me feel good because I was feeling guilty that Christmas came and went and I didn’t do half the things I had planned to do. I did not send out cards, my neighbors beat me to the cookies at the door, I didn’t pull everything out of the attic… and after reading this blog… I felt good. It was ok because I had fun being home with the kids. That’s what it is all about. The memories that are made. Thank you Home Swee Here for reminding me.

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