Merry Christmas to you! This season has really sneaked up on us. It seems like this year has gone by so quickly. I’m probably not the only one who didn’t cross off even a third of items from her resolutions list. This Christmas season, though, I’ve been thinking a lot about the birth of Jesus rather than what I didn’t accomplish. Even as Christians, Jesus’ birth is something a lot of us forget about in December; the reason behind the season we celebrate as believers. We’re consumed with thoughts of gift-giving and “having Christmas” two or even three times with different groups of people and focusing on traditions rather than the One who came to fulfill the law and enlighten us. I’m all about gathering with loved ones and exchanging gifts, eating home-cooked treats and enjoying the company of loved one we haven’t seen in awhile, perhaps even since last Christmas. There’s something magical about the Christmas season that makes people a little less tense, a little more kind, and a bit of a better person all-around. It’s beautiful and I embrace it wholeheartedly, from our tradition of finding the perfect imperfect tree, gift-giving from the heart, Winston having ten days of Christmas, the teasing and hints, the unexpected joy, the homey gatherings, the gooey fudge. I love it all.
But lately I’ve been thinking of the angel, or spirit of the Lord that came to the shepherds to tell them a Child, a Savior, was born accompanied by a host of angels praising God. First of all, shepherds, not wise men, were chosen to hear this great and world-altering news first. I find that something to ponder on. And the star that led the three wise men later also fascinates me. What are stars? Well, we know they are big masses of gas, right? But there are so many references to stars in the Bible that I find there must be something more to them. Are they angels? Do they represent angels? A star showed the wise men the way to where Jesus was laid. Lucifer himself was called a morning star and took a third of the angels with him when he fell from heaven. John saw this phenomenon in a vision and declared the beast (representing Lucifer) as a great red dragon whose tail drew a third of the stars from heaven and cast them to the earth. God also told Abraham he would have more children than the stars in the heavens. There are so many references to stars that I find it food for thought. The story of Jesus’ birth has so many interesting angles that there is always something new to learn. It would be lovely if the reading of His birth was a large part of our Christmas celebrations and children were made to understand the real reason we celebrate today. And the reason we exchange gifts is because Jesus was given gifts at His birth. Special, precious gifts. Given from the heart, not purchased last minute without thought as to what someone might actually enjoy or be touched by. I enjoy this part of Christmas so much. And often, handmade gifts are even more special.
But speaking of special things, we have a new little baby in our family this year. A little furbaby named Georgette Delancy, who is about 5 months old now. It will be her first Christmas. I had a few photo sessions of Georgie and Winston for Christmas. They wouldn’t pose together so I had to take them separately.
I bought a kit on Etsy with Christmas text and a rough-looking metal background, and decided to design my own Christmas cards this year using Apple’s Pixelmator. I decided to use my professional photographer’s printing lab, ProDPI, to print my tri-fold design. I was so happy when they arrived. The texture of them is amazing. It’s a thick card-stock with a rough feel but shimmery glaze overlay. I couldn’t have been happier with my choice to do them myself and the paper I chose, although I became frustrated at the challenge a few times. Below is the design, front and back, submitted to the lab.
And here is the finished product. I didn’t get a picture of the card actually folded, unfortunately, but you can see the subtle texture and sparkly sheen of the card in the photos and how well-made they are.
I underestimated how many I would need, so I was only able to send them to close friends and family, and those few whom I thought might enjoy a Christmas card, perhaps the only one they will receive this year. Next year, I will definitely have to count on making more.
I hope your holiday season and Christmas Day is blessed with joy, peace, contentment with who and where you are, and excitement for the future. You are irreplaceable, and you are the only one who can be you. Bask in the knowledge that you are uniquely and wonderfully made by this amazing Jesus, our Savior, whose birth we are celebrating with love and friendship this season. Merry Christmas to you!