Before I take a little break today, I wanted to make sure I wished you a very Merry Christmas! I’ve been struck by the words in the Christmas song O Holy Night, “the weary world rejoices”. I think it perfectly describes how many of us feel as we celebrate Christmas!

I am not a pessimist or a realist. I would call myself a hopeful realist. And I like to see things as they are and hope for the best.

So I see how weary the world is today and I can hope for a better tomorrow.

Yes, we live in a very weary world right now!

But Christmas is the time to see the TRUE HOPE for our world. And that is great cause to rejoice!

This HOPE came to earth wrapped in human form as a baby.

This HOPE lived among us and died on a cross so we can have a hope for our futures that nothing, absolutely nothing can harm!

This is why we rejoice. We have good reason to be filled with joy!

Our hope is the reason we celebrate with great joy today!

“And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” Matt 2:9-10

Merry Christmas dear friends! I will be thinking of you and praying for you today!

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  1. Our hope is the reason we celebrate with great joy! Merry Christmas, Yvonne!

  2. Joyce Kennard says:

    Thank you for the special words that we all need to reflect upon. Pray that these words give us hope for the upcoming year. Thanks for you daily words of encouragement for me. Merry Christmas. Joyce

  3. Debbie Litmer says:

    Merry Christmas ❣️ Yes, rejoice ❣️❣️❣️

  4. Merry Christmas Vyonne! We love your blog and the beautiful photos you include.

  5. Thank you for those inspirational words Yvonne Happy Christmas x

  6. Amen. Merry Christmas, Yvonne!

  7. Merry Christmas, Yvonne. ❤️

  8. Merry Christmas Yvonne! God bless.

  9. Thank You Yvonne for sharing your faith, your home, your creativity with us all so together, we may embody all that is intended for us though Christ Jesus ~ Merry Christmas. Enjoy your break, you worked hard helping us to celebrate the season and beautify our surroundings. I, for one, am ever grateful.

    1. I second what Liz said.
      Merry Christmas Yvonne and fellow readers!

  10. Melanie Schroeder says:

    God bless and keep you and your family. Merry Christmas! !!! Than you so much for sharing the “good news”

  11. Merry Christmas to you! I so appreciate your beautiful home and your ideas for decorating. I’ve enjoyed watching your kitchen remodel as well. Have a wonderful day celebrating our Lord, family (if possible) and blessings!

    1. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I am rejoicing today in our True Hope. Thank you very much Yvonne

  12. Alice Boutte says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thanks for the comforting words beautifully said.

  13. Thank you Yvonne! Yes, because of Jesus we always have hope! Hope is the cornerstone of my counseling ministry. God also gave us voices, and if ever there was a time in our nation for them to be heard, it is now.
    Please know that you also are being prayed for, blessed and appreciated. ?

    1. Kathy Menold says:

      Yvonne, A Merry and Blessed Christmas to you and yours. Hope and kindness to others will help us get through this and Gods love for us will always endure and his plan for his children will guide us. God is good.

  14. Merry Christmas and thanks for the Christmas thoughts/words.

  15. Merry Christmas to you and Yours! This is a weary world and I have to believe it will get better! ?❤️?❄️ Thanks for all you do! I love it! It’s appreciated!!?Take care and God Bless. ?

  16. Merry Christmas I like reading your blog you have such good ideas and things to look at

  17. Merry Christmas, dear Yvonne! I so enjoy your blog, your decorating, and your declarations of faith in our Lord. You are a testimony to many!!

  18. Kathleen `Mahlkle says:

    Merry Christmas and as always you instill hope giving us a beautiful Christmas message.Have a joyous and blessed new year.

  19. Thanks for your wishes! That hope is the greatest gift any of us can receive and then share it with everyone around us. Love came down at Christmas!!

  20. Merry Christmas Yvonne! Thank you for all the pretty you bring to our inbox daily and the design lessons that make us better decorators. I hope you have a wonderful day with dear family.

  21. Merry Christmas to you and all your family. May God Bless you beyond measure in the New Year.

  22. Victoria Hempe says:

    Merry Christmas! I served some of your recipes last night and oh my they were a hit! The holiday Brisket, holiday Salad and green beans with bacon were delicious. I was a little nervous since I hadn’t tried them out first before using them for a holiday dinner but I heard repeatedly how wonderful the food was all night. Thank you for your wonderful recipes and ideas. I always look forward to reading your blog.

  23. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Yvonne. Thank you for all of the inspiration – both spiritual and creative – that you offer all of us who read your blog. We appreciate you!

  24. Miche Ortega says:

    Thank you, Yvonne, for your beautiful message, and for the hard work and inspiration your bring us all year. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  25. Elizabeth says:

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for your blog.

  26. Merry Christmas Yvonne, thank you for all you do for your readers. Your blog is a bright spot for me and somehow makes me feel like the world is more normal.

  27. Merry Christmas! Your website and message spoke to me today. It made me feel like a personal friend! Thank you!

  28. Thanks, Yvonne. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. Praying you have a wonderful day filled with the Lord’s blessings.
    ? Jan & Steph

  29. Barb Fowlie says:

    Yvonne-Merry Christmas to you and Bobby. Thank you for all you do. I have learned so much about

  30. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    I pray that the Joy and Blessings of this Christmas season be with you and your family throughout the new year.

  31. Heidi Colton says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    1. Hi Heidi, Merry Christmas to you and your family too. Happy New Year.

  32. Merry Christmas Yvonne and to your family.

  33. Thank you for all your encouragement and your kind words.
    Merry Christmas!

  34. Nancy Napoli says:

    Merry Christmas Yvonne to you and your family. I am thankful for your post. May the year ahead be filled with continued love and hope.

    Best Regards,
    Nancy Napoli

  35. Joyce hale says:

    Merry Christ and God Bless you and yours ! We will rejoice and be exceedingly
    Glad ?

  36. Thank you for the wonderful posts to prepare and for the holidays and now the how to put it away! Most importantly, thank you for love of Christ you share with your readers. Your blog is a blessing and I look forward to your posts in the new year. May your family continue to be blessed.

  37. Vrolijk kerstfeest Yvonne ook voor je man Bobby

    met vriendelijke groet Barbara

  38. Hi Yvonne

    My reply comes a little late but it is not without gratitude for your posts , your inspirational messages ad your creativity