Sunday, December 26, 2010

He is the Reason for the Season

I bring you good tidings of great joy
which will be to all people.
For there is born to you this day
in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.
LUKE 2:10, 11

We spent this Christmas remembering God's grace and blessings from this year. We have so much to be thankful for--family, friends, our dogs, our home, good jobs, opportunities, a new sister and a new niece that will be here in eight short weeks.

On Christmas Eve we went to our church's service. It was so sweet and great to see some friends from college who were home for Christmas. Then we went to a Christmas Eve Open House at Emma George's--she and Net were college roommates in the DDD house at Ole Miss. Emma George has made us feel so welcome in Jackson and always makes us feel right at home.

Santa came on Christmas morning--even though we have no chimeny. I bet a little fairy let him in!

The dogs were very excited to help us open gifts...

After Christmas at our house, we went to Net's to join all the Givens' for bloody mary's and cheese straws. It even snowed a little but didn't stick.

West was surprised earlier that morning by a new puppy, Maggie. She was so sweet! Pound puppies are so sweet - she's about six months old and is a lab/shepherd mix.

Uncle Buford and me - he's my favorite uncle on dad's side - and not just because he's the only uncle on that side! He is going camping with West's Boy Scout troop for a few days in Hardy...bbbrrr...

Net and Warren with a giantic map of Tate County. I'm not a huge fan of his facial hair, but he doesn't seem to be too concerned with my comments :)

On the Second Day of Christmas...

Mom and I tried to go to church (but both forget there wasn't an early service so we did yoga instead) and Dad, Doc and Oliver went duck hunting in Marks. They were very happy with their results. Even bringing back one drake with a band - a rare find.

Did you know that December 25th is  just the first day of Christmas? The song "The 12 Days of Christmas" tells the story of the twelve days between Christmas Day, December 25, the birth of Jesus, and the Epiphany, January 6, the day Christians celebrate the arrival of the Magi and the revelation of Christ as the light of the world. Each line originated has a religious meaning and was a sort of secret catechism that could be sung in public in a time when Christians were perscuted and not allowed to celebrate Christmas:

1. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus.

2. The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments.

3. Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.

4. The four calling birds are the four Gospels.

5. The five gold rings recall the Hebrew Torah (Law), or the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament.

6. The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.

7. The seven swans a-swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

8. The eight maids a-milking are the eight Beatitudes.

9. Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.

10. The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.

11. Eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful Apostles.

12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles Creed.

And one last note...
Just FYI to those of you who read Sis' comment on the last post. My Santa mugs aren't "hot." I did not steal them from mother--Kroger had them on sale a few weeks ago :)

1 comment:

Dianna said...

Hey Kara,

I just wanted to tell you how interesting and Entertaining it is to read your blog!!! You are such an amazing writer. And you have such a lovely past & interests. I have found that we have similar interests & such, that we will definitely have to get together soon. Thank you for sharing! Happy New Year :)--Dianna