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Early Morning Pondering


Yikes!!!  It’s December 23rd.  Shouldn’t I be sitting by the fire eating Christmas cookies???

There are problems with that!

~The cookies are gone.  Darn kids!

~I haven’t done Christmas cards.  No cards three years in a row?

~My house is a mess.

~Santa keeps forgetting stocking stuffers and I have to cover his stuffed rear!

~We have no firewood.

~The snowstorm of the century is about to hit Minnesota.

~We’re leaving this afternoon.

As I sit here this morning (Yeah, it’s early for me to use my brain!) I’m thinking about getting the rest of our stuff packed and getting on the road.  We have lots of miles to travel and weather to deal with.

But what do you suppose Mary felt like on this day over 2,000 years ago?  She was young, and scared, and very pregnant.  And her mode of transportation was a donkey.  Her obedience to God changed history.

If you have a few minutes, slow down and really read the story of that first Christmas as told in Luke 2.  And then go celebrate!!!

The Birth of Jesus

1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.

4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

(Taken from

If you’re still here, you can see the reenactment of that first Christmas.  The cast includes all my favorites!!!

First I present to you Mary and Joseph and their darling baby Jesus.

And a shepherd.

And of course there were angels!

Ladies and gentlemen, please give another round of applause to the entire cast.  (Two sets of parents and ten kids.  Pretty amazing, huh?)

So, from the Crazies and their crazy cousins

Merry Christmas!!!

And no, I didn’t get permission to use these photos.  Since I didn’t get permission, I’m asking for forgiveness from the A’s!  So not sorry!

Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

14 thoughts on “Early Morning Pondering

  1. That looks like a wonderful play with a beautiful cast. Merry Christmas to all of you!

  2. Amen.
    Don’t sweat the small stuff.
    Safe travels to you and your family and a Merry Christmas to you.
    I hope where you’re going is full of warmth (spiritually and weather-wise).

  3. I love Joseph’s paisley head-scarf!

    Wishing you a safe and uneventful journey, and a very Merry Christmas.

  4. Merry Christmas to you and yours Maria….and HallMark has e-cards for people like us….:)

  5. What a lovely post, Merry Christmas my friend to you and yours, May your trip be safe and fun, and may Santa be good to you all!!!

  6. Merry Christmas, Maria! Love the pictures and the post. We all need to stop and remember why we celebrate Christmas. Looking forward to my daughter being an angel tomorrow in our church pageant. Safe travels to you and your family. Good luck to the genius. My genius goes to London to study for six months on Jan 3. Thanks for your wonderful blog. It is so much fun to read, and it helps to know there are other moms out there like me.

  7. What a wonderful post!
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and some dry fire wood. 🙂

  8. FWIW – I still have to bake cookies for Santa, realized this morning that Christmas cards weren’t going to happen (I figured that out when my youngest announced “It’s the day before Christmas Eve!!”), and am not even attempting stocking stuffers this year.

    But you had a beautiful pageant! Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures and have a very Merry Christmas!

  9. Have a happy and safe holiday! I hope you beat the weather.

  10. Thanks so much for posting the true Christmas story. And the pictures of the reenactment are just great! Have a wonderful Christmas – and be safe on the roads!

  11. Christmas Blessings to you and safe travel. Hope you have a fun time. Snow is still a minimum this morning. YES!!

  12. Wishing you and your family peace and abundant joy!

  13. I have like 3 seconds to myself while my hair is drying, but wanted to check and see if Ms. Georgie would show up … pls take holiday photo of her so I can get my fix!

    Seriously — SAFE driving wishes to you and your family, and all the best this week!

  14. Late Christmas wishes to you and your lovely family–computer was away from home. I’ve enjoyed following your escapades since I found your blog. Keep up the great work. I want to see lots of knitting, and quilting, and travelling, and family……

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