I’m signing off for the year a little earlier than usual, but I feel like you can probably live without any more last-minute gift guides or Christmas tree decorating ideas at this point. ;) Five more days! Our kids are out of school after today, and I’m excited about shutting my laptop for a while.
I’m feeling the Christmas spirit more than I have in a while. We’ve had three incredible weeks of services at our church, and I’ve just spent more time thinking about what Jesus’ coming to our earth in human form really meant for me, for us all. (And, I’m happy to tell you more personally if you want to email me.) I hope you also have some “think time” in the next five crazy, activity-filled days.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Thank you all for a great 2016, for reading and for encouraging. I look forward to coming back refreshed and renewed in January. Merriest Christmas to you and yours!
Always enjoy your posts and pics of your home and family! Merry Christmas to You and Yours and May God Bless You Well in 2017!
Enjoy a beautiful Christmas with your precious family, Emily.
Andi Hartley says
Thank you for your words today reminding us what Christmas is all about. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Jody Olympia says
Merry Merry! Enjoy this time with family! The house looks great! Now for the house to fill up and fall apart in the best way possible!
Jennifer M says
Alicia D says
Merry Christmas to you as well, Emily!
Sharon Randall says
Merry Christmas to you and yours! Thank you for a beautiful and inspiring 2016!
Merry Christmas and Happy 2017 New Year and thank you for all your wonderful post this year too.
Juli T. says
Merry Christmas Emily!! Enjoy your holidays and thank you for reminding us about the true meaning of Christmas. Your nativity set is beautiful!
Merry Christmas to you and your family, Emily! Thank you for another year of wonderful posts. Enjoy your time off from the blog – you’re very wise to give yourself extra time. Time with our children goes so quickly and these are the years for making memories. Like you, we’ve just had three beautiful Advent Sunday services that have deeply impacted me. I think I know the story of Jesus’ birth and then, the Lord shows me something new year after year. And I’m finding that the older I get, the more Christmas emphasizes the power of Easter for me. Have a blessed Christmas!!
Merry Christmas! How wonderful Jesus and your family is your focus. Thank you for your lovely blog but enjoy your family a while without thinking about work. :)
May you & your family be blessed beyond measure this Holiday Season and throughout 2017!
Merry Christmas to you & your beautiful family!
Lori H says
A Blessed Christmas to you and your lovely family.
I’ve enjoyed being a faithful reader of your posts.
Merry Christmas, Emily!! Thank you for your lovely posts. All the best to you and your family!
Your blog is one of my favorites. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!
Jen Reil says
Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!! Thank you for your blog, I enjoying reading every post!
Thank you for sharing God through your blog. Merry Christmas to you and your family as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!
Thank you for this post and reminding me of what is important. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Angie Burke says
Merry Christmas!! Thank you for the inspiring content you provide! I read your blog consistently and applaud your ability to balance family life & blog life. Specifically, I’m referencing a recent post from Jen Hatmaker who implored her readers to enjoy this season with their families rather than create social media moments. I feel like that’s your message too!! Not just now, but always!! I promise I will read again in January whenever you blog again. No rush. ❤️ I know you are keeping it real!!
Wishing you and your beautiful family a very Merry Christmas..
Merry Christmas to you and yours! Enjoy the time off with your family :)
Ellen Martin says
Merry Christmas to you and your family, Emily!! Thank you for your inspiring, yet very real blog!! I’m a grandmother, but enjoy your down to earth approach to decorating and family life. Blessings for 2017 as well!
Marla Bump says
I’ve read your blog for years, but never commented. Merry Christmas and wishes for a happy, healthy and wonderful 2017 for you and your family.
Beth Clark says
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you for the reminder of the real reason we have Christmas.
Balledina Waterhosue says
So wonderful to hear you speak about our Lord and Saviour so succinctly Emily. And I think the verse you chose Isaiah 9:6, captures who He is and what He represents for us all. May the coming year bring you and your family even closer to Him.
Always look forward to your posts. God bless. xx
Merry Christmas to you and you family, Emily! Thank you for being an oasis amidst the chaos of life for me to stop and appreciate the beauty in everything! See you in the New Year!
Autumn Beach says
Merry Christmas, Emily! Way to go, keeping Christ in Christmas AND Jesus on the ol’ blog! I bet it could be tempting to forego His name at the risk of losing sponsors/advertising dollars? I don’t know. Maybe not. Either way, GOOD. JOB. It’s so refreshing. Hope you enjoy some meaningful moments with that beautiful family of yours.
What is that lovely wallpaper behind the tree with white balls???
Melissa Lee says
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Emily! Thank you for all your hard work – you bring much joy to so many readers and their families. I love what Janice said about increasingly realizing the power of Easter in Christmas! Me too! I hope you’re having a wonderful vacation!
Rachel O. says
Merry Christmas Emily! Thanks for sharing!