Christmas previews

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I tend not to be inspired for Christmas.  I have a hard time coming up with images I like usually.  Actually, Christmas is not one of my favorite holidays…I let the stress get to me.  I prefer Easter.  But I knew that for Christmas Crossroads I should really have some holiday merchandise. (So yes, this will be for sale soon in Etsy as well.)

But this year, I am kind of looking forward to Christmas.  I am in a better place inside my head, I have let a lot of things go that bugged me about the holiday season, and I have a new plan for coping, a new plan to focus on faith and not the secular reasons for the celebration.  And so, the images came much easier.

I found words that were not as used, a little off the beaten path, fresh to me–with no connections to past stresses.  I was able to consider Christmas in a whole new way, and it came out in my journals and the artwork.

love this idea.  True love was born in a stable.  The purest, most sacrificial, deepest, most profound love ever.  It came in the purest and newest form.  I like to think of the love radiating from that stable that most precious of nights.  O holy night, the stars were brightly shining, it is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.  Can you see the love reflecting from the stars?  God sent Jesus that night for each of us.  The best gift ever.  The  strongest proof ever of his enduring promises for us.

Yes, true love was born in a stable.

Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

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