christmas 2018

“Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you “

Merry Christmas friends!

It seems like I’m never home so I was being a bit of a Scrooge about decorating. It took me so long to figure out how to decorate my porch because I just wasn’t feeling inspired. I finally managed to get into the Christmas spirit last weekend though… a little bit. I bought some lights and dangled them all over my porch windows. I put a little fake tree on the porch too. I can see it from inside because of my front window – which is nice.

Even though I was only feeling sort of Christmas-y, I went to my brother’s high school choir performance last Thursday, knowing it might make me a little more joyful. Well it did. They performed Pentatonix’s arrangement of “Mary Did You Know?” which I have been avoiding because the lyrics make me blubber.

“When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God.” As someone who loves babies, that shizz just pulls on my heart strings. You know us Catholics; we love that Mary. How could you not? She was the first Christian! She brought the son of God into the world. Even if you don’t believe,  she’s a pretty amazing woman.

Only after the concert did I actually feel like it was Christmas. I finished my Christmas shopping which was relatively painless other than finding something for my grandparents (who have to be so difficult). Sara and I split the cost of Buffalo Bills tickets as our gift to our siblings and parents so I just got them each a small item to unwrap. I got a four day weekend because no one was going to be in the office Monday (which for me means I got two full days off with no work at either job)!

Lauren Daigle’s 2016 Christmas album has been giving me life the past few days. Her voice is so beautiful, and her style is right up my alley. I’m thankful for the positive influence she has on my spirit. Pentatonix is really hot right now, but I’m not a huge fan of Christmas hymns in a Capella form. The instruments are a huge part of the tradition for me. One of my favorites is below.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and enjoys everything that life has given them.

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