Saturday, December 24, 2011

 One of the blogs I follow is Real Housewives of Bucks Countyhttp://realhousewivesofbc.blogspot.com/. They are super crafty and I love love love all their ideas.  I especially love love love their newest blog post below.  I could not have written a more beautiful example of "what Christmas means to me" if I had tried. Fantastic! Please read and as their "PS" says, please feel free to chat me up if you have any questions!

 

"Christmas {What it means to us}

So we've spent the month sharing all kinds of Christmas themed decor, projects, and ideas. We even had 12 full days of Christmas DIYs.  We love all that stuff and everything about the Christmas season, but we wouldn't be keeping our promise of being Real with you if we just left it at that.  
See, there's one thing that we could never DIY and that's what Christmas is all about.  

We believe that the Christmas story is just the beginning.  You know that DIY I mentioned?  Well, what we can't do ourselves is take care of the fact that we're not perfect...nope, not even close.  Christmas is the start of God's relentless pursuit of us.  He loves us so much that he was willing to send his perfect son to earth to forgive us from our sin.  Yikes, did she just say "sin" on a light, fun DIY blog?  You heard it... let's be Real.  I sin... Jess sins... I'm willing to take a guess that you might too? It's so sweet and comforting to think of  little baby Jesus and get the warm fuzzies, and don't get me wrong, I'm so dang thankful that Jesus came as a baby, but Christmas doesn't end in that manger scene.  Christmas, the true reason for Jesus coming, ended on a cross, and ultimately with an empty tomb.  It might not make for as cute of a piece of wall art, or printable, but it's the best gift we'll ever receive.  Jesus not only came, but he died for us, taking our sins upon himself.  You know what would totally bum me out on Christmas morning?  If my kids didn't want the gifts I'd gotten them (especially the ones I got at 3am on Black Friday!)  Parents want their children to accept their gifts, and it's exactly the same with God.  We didn't deserve for Jesus to come for us, but He did and all we need to do is acknowledge that we can't do it on our own and accept His gift of salvation.  If you haven't really thought beyond the manger scene before, I encourage you to do so this year.  God's gift to you will be the last gift you ever need and man, I guarantee it will be a Christmas you'll never forget.  
We sincerely wish you a Merry Christmas, but more than being merry, we wish that this Christmas will be life changing and focused on God's gift for us (because seriously, what does being merry even look like?  I picture cheesy sweaters and really big smiles).  So, that's what Christmas means to these Real Housewives.  Thanks for letting us share with you.  
PS-If you want to know more about this whole God thing, email us any time.  There's nothing more we'd rather talk about with you!"

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