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The Gift of Frankincense at Christmas

Mathew, Chapter 2A Gift of Frankincense

One of my favorite times of year is Christmas.  Since becoming a mother this holiday has become even more special to me. Not just because I enjoy seeing the holiday through my children’s eyes, but because I feel intensely drawn to Mary- the mother of Jesus. God gave us his only son as a sacrifice so that we could experience God’s grace and the gift of eternal life in heaven.  Having two sons of my own, I realize even more how great a gift Jesus is to humanity, and what a holy and faithful woman Mary was.  God provided the world with the gift of Frankincense, one of my most beloved essential oils.

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Winter Wonderland in Christmas Lights

I love the song “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, but here in Florida there is VERY little chance of a snowy wonderland actually happening (especially with the crazy winter we’ve been having).  So, the only way to get a slight taste of a “Winter Wonderland” here is to visit one of the many attractions around the state with LED snowflakes and bubble solution snow.  We’re spending Christmas in Tallahassee this year; so we visited the light show at Dorothy B. Oven Park- Tallahassee’s very own “Winter Wonderland”

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All Wrapped Up at Christmas

‘Tis the season for wrapping lots and lots of gifts!  I’m sure all of you have pulled out your scotch tape, ribbons, wrapping paper, little gift cards, and scissors.  I have a serious love/hate relationship with wrapping.  I DREAD the wrapping process, yet somehow once I get started I strangely enjoy it (I think the Christmas music and hot chocolate have something to do with it).

One way that I’ve found that helps me get into the spirit is to find pretty wrapping paper that inspires me.  I like to sort of create a wrapping scheme each year.  I love to use natural colors and elements in my schemes and I especially love incorporating something homemade also.  Last year I used brown paper and wrapped it with simple red raffia ribbon.  I used Christmas stamps and stamped Christmas trees in green on the paper.  It turned out really cute (of course I don’t have a pic- this was before I started blogging)- but it was a little time consuming.

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“Stille Nacht, Holy Night”: Christmas Truce 1914

This illustration was first published on January 9, 1915 in The Illustrated London News. The caption read (in part) "Saxons and Anglo-Saxons fraternizing on the field of battle at the season of peace and goodwill."

This illustration was first published on January 9, 1915 in The Illustrated London News. The caption read (in part) “Saxons and Anglo-Saxons fraternizing on the field of battle at the season of peace and goodwill.”

The moon was full and bright, the damp air had turned into a crisp cold, and white frost lay on the ground all around.  The guns were silent, the sky was clear; and the thoughts of the men were of home and the miracle birth of the Christ Child.  101 years ago something miraculous happened in the midst of chaos and death, it was the Christmas Truce of 1914. The power of love, grace and forgiveness, that is embodied in Christ and the celebration of Christmas made it’s way to the battlefront.  Though it was short lived it is a tiny testament to the power of commonalities of men in desperate circumstances.

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The Gift of Frankincense

Matthew, Chapter 2One of my favorite times of year is Christmas.  Since becoming a mother this holiday has become even more special to me. Not just because I enjoy seeing the holiday through my children’s eyes, but because I feel intensely drawn to Mary- the mother of Jesus. God gave us his only son as a sacrifice so that we could experience God’s grace and the gift of eternal life in heaven.  Having two sons of my own, I realize even more how great a gift Jesus is to humanity, and what a holy and faithful woman Mary was.

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Christmas Citrus Centerpieces

Christmas Citrus Centerpieces

As a Florida girl citrus- specifically oranges- have always played a role in our Christmas decorations.  My mother often used oranges and greenery for centerpieces and fireplace mantle decorations.  Oranges have been a part of Christmas decorations in Florida and other southern states for generations.  They are in season in the winter; so they are easily obtained, and of course they look beautiful with garland greenery!  I used oranges and Florida Sand Pine cuttings to make a locally sourced centerpiece.  Using the same oranges and greenery three different ways- I showcased the endless possibilities of these beautiful fruits!

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O Florida Sand Pine

Toddler Proof Christmas Tree

Our beautifully decorated Florida Sand Pine! Up on a table to stay safe from little toddler hands!

When I was a little girl my Dad and his best friend owned a Christmas Tree Farm.  Every year in early December we would load up into the back of my Dad’s old green truck and head out to get our tree.  It is usually cold in North Florida December so we would be bundled up and getting to enjoy hot chocolate.  It was a magical experience for me.  It was almost like being in a magic forest where fairy tale characters lived.  Looking up at those trees was overwhelming; I can still see the outline of the top branches against the purple sky as the sun faded.  My sister and I (with the help of our mom) would pick the tree and watch as our Dad cut it down, then we would head home and decorate!

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