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( Dec. 25th, 2006 10:03 am)
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16 (NASB)

The Christmas story is just the beginning of the greatest story ever told, and that is why it is my favorite holiday. Last night at the Christmas Eve service at my parent's church, we participated in the lighting of the candles. The pastor lit his candle from the advent candle representing Christ, and then the flame was passed around to everyone from his candle. This is something I cherish doing on Christmas Eve because it is such a beautiful illustration of how Christ came into the world and is lighting it up one human being at a time. When we raised our candles to sing "Son of God, love's pure light" (from Silent Night), I couldn't sing because I was crying. Christ is such a wonderful gift to me, I'm overwhelmed at times.

I don't often get "religious" here in my LJ so as not to offend, but today is Christmas, and that is what Christmas means to me. Whatever this day means to you, I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family. I love you all! Merry Christmas!
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( Dec. 30th, 2005 10:12 pm)
Well, other than a few comments I've left on people's journals, I've pretty much been MIA from livejournal for about a week. So I thought I'd update everyone on my uber-exciting life. ;-)

~Other than a huge family blow-up on Christmas Eve at my grandpa's house that involved a drunk cousin and my crazy aunt who is sure that her daughter who has been taken away from her and put in foster care was "kidnapped", Christmas with my family was good. I was sure that my parents, brother, grandma and I in one tiny townhouse for six days would lead us to driving one another crazy. But it didn't. I think we all really enjoyed one another as adults for those six days. We really came to appreciate each other as a family, I think. So it was good.

~One highly amusing aspect of Christmas to me was the fact that my parents (who shy away from all things sci-fi/fantasy and anything labelled as a "children's story") decided they wanted to see the Chronicles of Narnia. My grandma even went with us. And they all loved it. I couldn't believe it, but I think it's great that they enjoyed it. Even funnier was the fact that my brother spent four days watching S1 of Veronica Mars, which I received as a Christmas gift. After about 10 episodes, he said, "This show is too good." Which of course made me incredibly proud. And my dad and mom even watched bits of it with us. Before they left, my dad made me tell him who killed Lily, and my mom wanted to know if Veronica and Duncan were in fact brother and sister. As I said, I found the whole thing incredibly amusing.

~I went crazy with the money spending today. Shame on me. But now I have really funky, pretty new pillows for my couch. And a really cool new picture hanging up on my bedroom wall. Not to mention a new 2006 Paris calendar, a 2006 Van Gogh day planner, and a couple of new sweaters that I can wear to work.

~Speaking of work, I miraculously get an extra week of vacation next week. This is nearly unheard of as next week is the first official week of busy season (minimum 55 hour work weeks). Of course, I plan on working from home most of next week trying to catch up on all sorts of stuff I'm really behind on. But still, the fact that I can sleep in and work on my own time is a happy, happy thing.

~I have a new TV love: Nip/Tuck. I can't believe I'm actually watching this show as I've had strong feelings against it ever since it premiered. It really can be rather disturbing at times, but it's so incredibly fascinating, so real, and so good that I just can't stop watching it.

I think that's about it. I'm sure it's more than you wanted to know anyway. Here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoy your respective celebrations tomorrow night, no matter how quiet or boisterous they may be.
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