Merry Christmas to you and your families! Do you celebrate on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or later/earlier in the week! My family spends all day slowly opening gifts, going on a walk, watching movies, etc… so I will be enjoying that today.

I thought I’d share this picture I took of a note from 1923 because it makes me smile. I found this note when I was cleaning out my grandparents’ house. This was written by my great grandpa to my great grandma (Caroline- called Carrie), whom I was named after.

Merry Christmas Carrie

This just makes me smile, to think of my great grandpa sitting down to write this and draw the little pictures to someone he loved dearly:) Cute, right? And now, for the real reason that we’re celebrating today. Back in 6th grade I convinced my younger brothers to join me in memorizing this passage, and since then I’ve had it memorized. From Luke 2:

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.

Now it’s your turn to share! Merry Christmas! How are you celebrating the day?