Merry Christmas Wish

It’s that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas?

Many may not agree with me but this is what I believe.

Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas?

For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don’t have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to celebrate because they have passed or for others who can not come home for various reasons. Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some.

Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

So I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas.

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The 12 Days of Christmas

There is much controversy about this song but I learned this as a child so this is what the song means to ME. I will be explaining what I learned what the 12 days of Christmas meant and still believe this song to be.

The Twelve Days of Christmas is probably the most misunderstood part of the church year among Christians who are not part of liturgical church traditions. Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in most of the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany  (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th). In some traditions, the first day of Christmas begins on the evening of December 25th with the following day considered the First Day of Christmas (December 26th). In these traditions, the twelve days begin December 26 and include Epiphany on January 6.

However, on another level, this should not prevent us from using the song in celebration of Christmas. Many of the symbols of Christianity were not originally religious, including even the present date of Christmas, but were appropriated from contemporary culture by the Christian Faith as vehicles of worship and proclamation. Perhaps, when all is said and done, historical accuracy, as important as that might be on one level, is not really the point.  Perhaps more important is that Christians can celebrate their rich heritage, and God’s grace, through one more avenue during the Advent and Christmas seasons.  Now, when they hear what they once thought was only a secular “nonsense song,”  they will be reminded in one more way of the grace of God working in transforming ways in their lives and in our world.  After all, is that not the meaning of Christmas anyway?

The meaning of the song.

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

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A Partridge in a Pear Tree The “True Love” one hears in the song is not a smitten boy or girlfriend but Jesus Christ, because truly Love was born on Christmas Day. The partridge in the pear tree also represents Him because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators.

My favorite! 

Mary did you know?

My hometown.

This Small Town In Michigan Will Become Your New Favorite Winter Destination
Michigan is home to plenty of gorgeous winter destinations. Our state is a delightful spot for indoor and outdoor activities during the colder months, no matter which region you live in. But there’s one quaint town along stunning US-23 that overflows with wintertime excitement – and you’ll want to visit.
Alpena, Michigan is located on the beautiful shores of Thunder Bay.


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This town of just over 10,000 people is a delightful spot for a winter getaway.

When you arrive for a visit to Alpena, you’ll be immediately charmed.

Start off your day with a bite to eat and a cup of joe at Cabin Creek Coffee, which locals adore for its friendly service and delicious flavors.

Next up, it’s time to head outside for some winter fun. Strap on your snowshoes and venture to the the town’s Rockport State Recreation Area.

Explore Island Park, a natural oasis that features trails with plenty of snowy charm.

Are you an ice-fishing enthusiast? Spend a day casting your line into the chilly waters at nearby Hubbard Lake or Long Lake.

If ice skating is more your speed, there’s a spot for that in Alpena as well: just make the short trip to Northern Lights Arena for an exciting adventure on the rink.

When the weather outside is simply too frightful, head indoors and visit Alpena’s famous Maritime Heritage Museum at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, where you’ll learn all about the history of boats on the Great Lakes.

Perhaps you’re even in the mood to catch a one-of-a-kind theatrical performance at the town’s beloved Thunder Bay Theatre.

After all that excitement, your stomach is certainly growling. Treat yourself to dinner and a brew at Austin Brothers Beer Company.

Before you leave Alpena, take a moment to walk through its delightful downtown area. This is one Michigan getaway that you’ll surely never forget.


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