so, it’s a wee bit past Christmas, but i would think that after having Baby Jesus (childbirth is quite a labor-intensive process) Mary & Joseph probably hung out in Bethlehem a Few More Days (actually, since they were still around when the Wise Men arrived @ 2-ish years later, my theory is More Than Likely a reasonable assumption!)

BG Mary and Joseph

“What Child is this who laid to rest on Mary’s lap is sleeping…

Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet

while shepherds watch are keeping..

This, this is Christ the King,

Whom shepherds guard & angels sing:

Haste, haste to bring Him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary.

Tonight we watched the Andrea Bocelli/David Foster Christmas concert DVD that has become a looked-forward-to tradition with the Savvy Saints (my parents) & of course, moi (a HUGE Andrea groupie!)   There are so many Great Songs (the exquisite “Our Father with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to a rousing Jingle Bells with the Muppets), but my favorite is Andrea’s duet of “What Child is This” with Mary Blige.

AMAZING. … “... let loving hearts enthrone Him…”   AMEN!

In the Church Calendar we are in the Christmas Season (12 days between Christmas & Epiphany) – which is a time To Celebrate (with a little reality mixed in a day or two)…


But, thinking CHRISTMAS (rewind two days) & the wonderful celebrations we had here, it reminds me of another favorite Christmas song, ‘Christmas Wrapping’ by the Waitresses – the refrain keeps playing in my head:

MERRY CHRISTMAS! MERRY CHRISTMAS ! Couldn’t miss this one this year!

(click this link for a fun YouTube listen)

So, from Virginia (the person, in the State of : )  ( :  a most blessed Christmas week to all…

DoveMay the Joy of Jesus Christ lift you –
May His peace keep you –
May His grace surround you  –
May His Mercy comfort you –
May His love bubble over in your heart the whole year through…

 Merry Christmas! (+2) !

grace, peace & Christmas Greetings

    Virginia : )

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9 Responses to MERRY CHRISTMAS (+2) : )

    • Virginia says:

      John – how beautiful! i also like Sissel (only have one of her CDs, but for sure will look up her Christmas melodies!) Thanx for sharing this… & New Year blessings to you & Marion… : )

  1. carok jo says:

    _thank you for your words of cheer and salutations

    • Virginia says:

      a little late, but we’re still in Christmas week ..& i’m hoping to actually write my Christmas cards today?? i set aside a whole afternoon the week before Christmas, but alas, ’twas 5 before the 1st one was done, so only managed a few. oh well. Christmas in our hearts needed all year through?? : ) – lots of New Year New Things for you, Carol-Jo!!!

  2. Cindy Kranich says:

    Thx for a wonderful Christmas visit. I was humming the ‘Christmas Wrapping’ song in my head so delighted to have the link to it. Hope you can rest and relax after cooking up loads of good eats for ys all to enjoy. Appreciate your servant’s heart! Luv, your Sis 🙂

    • Virginia says:

      CINDY!!! – thank you for all your amazing help that made our Christmas So Special (hope you can rest up after all that high impact Kitchen Duty : )

      waah waah – we are already having Cindy & Mark withdrawals (!!!)

      .. so glad you like Christmas Wrapping – it’s on a CD somewhere around here (since we ‘lost’ most of the Christmas playlist with Dwight’s computer crash last spring, i was not about to re-load 100 C’mas CDs!) … but ’twas so fun to find it online as have been humming it often, especially this week. (Maybe i need to Be Strategic & go out for last minute New Year cranberries?? : )

      Miss you & love you & so grateful to God for the Gift of your life!!!! – GL : )

      • Cindy Kranich says:

        Thx, Ginny! I’m much rested and ready to return to work. Mark and I really enjoyed our visit. You’ll be glad to here I’ve been cooking since! Much luv and well wishes for the new year! 🙂

  3. Carol Ostrye says:

    Merry Christmas to you too!!

    • Virginia says:

      CAROL!!! A blessed Christmas season (Epiphany+) to you & a most joyous New Year filled with extra doses of grace, love, peace & as much fun as you can squeeze in (!!!)

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