Thursday, December 19, 2013

The decorating touches of the season are placed.

The candy dish is full.

The gifts from Christmas past, are placed in full view.

And the ones from Christmas present, grace the side kitchen counter, offering temptation to
everyone who passes by.  Gifts from the kitchen of friends are so special!

A coating of snow is on everything, and the sunsets are more spectacular than ever!

Homemade cards are among the gifts of the season.  Tiny masterpieces of art from those who
sent them, and real treasures to those who receive them.  And yes, there is still "Joy" being
offered to the world, as it was hundreds of years ago in Bethlehem.  "Joy to the World"...
the song continues to fill the airwaves in department stores and car radios. 
Today, I am more thankful for the message of "Joy to the World",  than any
other aspect of this lovely Christmas season. 

"Joy to the World"

Joy to the world!  The Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love.

~Isaac Watts

No matter what you are facing, and I know many of you are facing huge hurdles in
daily life,  along with the busyness, the time crunches, and the endless decisions
we all are having to make...there is still "Joy to the World". 


Debbie said...

oh yes Judy, AMEN to that....JOY TO THE WORLD, THE LORD HAS COME!! Enjoy your day!

debi said...

Beautiful visit I just had :-)


Christine said...

Merry Christmas and Happy 2014 to you.

(love, love the stove and refrig.)

a woman who is said...

Lovely photos. lovely decorations, and lovely sentiments. Just dropping by to say a quick hi and to wish you a Blessed & Merry Christmas. Your home looks amazing, all the details are covered so wonderfully. En JOY!!!!

Judy said...

It's all so pretty over there. Yes, there is still 'Joy to the World'...come what may. Blessings to you and your family this Christmas season.

lindsey said...

The snow looks wonderful, I hope we have some in time for Christmas but I'm not sure we will. Thank you for the reminder that celebrating the birth of Christ and the reality that He is to us, certainly does bring Joy to the World.

Happy@Home said...

A very lovely post, Judy.
Everything is looking so pretty and tasty at your house. I have the same ornaments you show in your first photo. They are among my favorites.
Must also tell you how much I am enjoying your pretty wreath once again this year.
JOY to you this holiday season.

Lovella ♥ said...

Ah... your home must be so warm and inviting. I can't believe how beautiful that sunset is. Blessings on you as you prepare the last details for your family.


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