Salvation Is Born by Greg Tulenko

Come let us worship, come let us adore
Jesus, Messiah, our Savior is born
Carol His glory and sing His sweet Name
Offer a life of thanksgiving and praise

Join with the angels proclaiming to earth
Join with the shepherds in awe of His birth
Join all creation rejoicing this morn
The glory of God-become-man has been born

Come, let us adore Him
Jesus, the hope of the world
Come, worship before Him
Christ, the Messiah has come
Salvation is born

Prophets foretold Him, the Promise of God
The hope of Salvation and light of the world
Born in a stable and born as a man
Born to fulfill God’s redeeming plan

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Everywhere you go…

Christmas is just about two weeks away! Even in the South, with out snow, it is beginning to look/feel like Christmas. (Or maybe I’m just ready for school break.)

Everywhere we see yards full of “Holiday Decorations,” in fact it is one of our traditions to go and see all the lights as a family! I would like to share a few shots of Winter/Christmas decorations from around our home.

Before we begin, I would like to point out that while we enjoy all the festivities of decorating the house, baking, etc… that’s not truly Christmas. We as American’s have come to associate Christmas with those things. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Savior! I recently came across this hymn by Charles Wesley, though I haven’t ever really thought of it before as a “Christmas Carol,” I’d like to share it with you…

Come, thou long expected Jesus, 
born to set thy people free; 
from our fears and sins release us, 
let us find our rest in thee. 
Israel's strength and consolation, 
hope of all the earth thou art; 
dear desire of every nation, 
joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver, 
born a child and yet a King, 
born to reign in us forever, 
now thy gracious kingdom bring. 
By thine own eternal spirit 
rule in all our hearts alone; 
by thine all sufficient merit, 
raise us to thy glorious throne.

… when I read the words, I realized this is the essence of Christmas, “Jesus, born to set thy people free.” Something we don’t deserve and could never do by ourselves! Christmas should be a time of thankfulness to Christ for what He has done for us as Christians… which is why we celebrate Christmas year round (= …

So anyways.. here are a few glimpses of our home this season. Enjoy!

Our piano is filled with Christmas books as the family pianists prepare for the next few weeks.

Yep.. even the piano got in on the decorations!

Our outside Christmas “greenery”

We put these snowflakes up in windows all over the main floor of our house, our Nana made them for us.

Up on one of our shelves we put the paper village that our Grandma gave us.

These cinnamon scented (supposedly) lights line our railing upstairs.

We may not get enough snow down here to make these, but we certainly enjoy our snowmen decorations!

Our mantle – the “Peace” and “Joy” are our stocking holders.

Our kitchen table center piece.

A Christmas craft from a few years ago…

We also have a few manger scenes set up around the house (some literally stay up all the time (; )….

(This one either Caleb or Laura made in kindergarten)

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

KS

Christmas Cookies!!

Last night, the Sturgi made their first batch of Christmas cookies this year! On the spur of the moment we invited our new interim youth pastor and his wife to help us decorate. But first, we had to make them!

We used our Nana’s “Rolled Cookie” Recipe. Nana has been making these cookies for ages. Every Christmas we spend with Nana and Papa, we always have to decorate dozens of these delicious cookies.

Once they were made and chilled, we rolled them out and cut them into shapes.

DON'T TOUCH THE COOKIE DOUGH!!

Yes, we are very protective of our “precious” dough! 🙂 Here are some quick snips from the evening…..

Almost done

...the nice, clean table...

Hoping for some cookies! 😉

My "palette", "brush", and "canvas"

The final result!

My cookies

Jamie working on her tree

Jamie's cookies

Becky's cookies

Joe's cookies

Mom's cookies

My palette at the end of the night... I never did use the brown

2 hours and 69 cookies later...

Dad, Caleb, and Jacob skipped out on frosting cookies and played basketball. Caleb was beaten but is looking forward to a rematch of course! Once they did come in, Caleb sat down and made the following…

Caleb's Liberty Bell 🙂

All in all, it was a wonderful time! And now, we have dozens of cookies to munch on during the day!

Laura