12/23/2010

The Magic of Christmas

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*Hello my friends...I hope you're having a joyous Christmas holiday!
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*Earlier in the week when I posted about my Christmas dining room...I thought that it would be my last post until after Christmas. And then...I remembered that I had taken photos of my dining room buffet at night when it was all lit up...so I thought I would share a few of those photos with you today. I hope you enjoy!
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*In the dark of night...when the Christmas lights are all-a-sparkle...
*I am reminded of the true magic of Christmas!*
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*My Christmas Buffet
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*Before I show you my Christmas buffet all lit up...I thought I would share just a few photos of what it looks like during the daylight hours.
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I won't get into all the specifics here but if you would like to see more of my Christmas buffet and the decorating "how to's" you can just click HERE.
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The Magic of Christmas
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*At Christmas time...I go all out with the decorating...
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it's something that I really enjoy...and after all...*it's a time of great celebration!
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A time to celebrate the true magic of Christmas!
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*It seems like magic...
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That from the beginning of time...God had a plan!
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*A plan...so that we...could spend eternity with HIM!
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*It seems like magic...
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*That a young woman named Mary...who was a virgin...conceived a SON!
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That Mary's son...JESUS...a baby boy born in a lowly manger...
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would be called The King of Kings, The Lord of Lords, The Savior of all mankind!
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*Yes, it seems like magic...that God had a plan from the beginning of time...
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*for His only begotten son...Jesus...born of the Virgin Mary.
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*That Jesus would give His very life for us...that we might be reconciled to God...
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*so that we could spend eternity with HIM!
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*It seems like magic...
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*That such a gift...
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*of unmeasurable love...
*unfathomable peace...
*and overwhelming joy...*
a gift of eternal salvation...
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*was all wrapped up in that little bundle born on Christmas day!
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Yes...it seems like magic...
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but it is sooo very real!
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God had a plan...through his prophets of old...it was told...
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"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..."
 Isaiah 9:6
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Yes...it seems like magic...that all of our hopes were realized that Christmas night...
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*"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call
 his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
 Matthew 1:21
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*It seems like magic...but the gift of Christmas given to you...and to me...is very, very real!!!
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*I give thanks to my Heavenly Father...for Jesus...his Christmas gift to me!!!*
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Well my dear, sweet friends...I'm so glad that you came by today! I am also thankful for my gift of YOU and your sweet friendship! May each of you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!!! I pray that you experience the greatest gift of all this Christmas...God's gift of Jesus!!!
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*Warmest Christmas Blessings!
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PS...Because it's Christmas there will be no Sunday Favorites this week. We will resume regular Sunday Favorites schedule for January 2nd! Love ya'll!

20 comments:

Carolyn said...

Hi Chari,
Your Christmas buffet is magical especially at night!
I love the message you have shared as well.

Christmas Blessings to you too,

Carolyn

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Chari, what a beautiful post....it gave me chills....

Wishing you a Blessed and Merry Christmas!

Lou Cinda :)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So pretty!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Chari, what a beautiful message with beautiful pictures. I have to tell you I'm seriously needing, wanting, drooling over all your beautiful silver. I so need the deer and lets see just throw in the rest darling. What a magical Christmas that would be to me. lol.. I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas! hugs ~lynne~
p.s. I am truly serious over the deer, where did you find those beauties? Do you think they are still available.....

Blondie's Journal said...

Your vignettes are always works of art! And this is a beautiful post, Chari. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

XO,
Jane

Entertaining Women said...

Chari, thank you for being bold to witness your gift of faith. Your post was eloquent. Your buffet sparkles as if holding precious jewels in the candlelight. Thank you for sharing the additional pics. Merry Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

Marilyn said...

Christmas Blessings to you and your family. ♥♫

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Chari, your buffet and dining room are lovely both in the day and night. I hope you have a very Blessed Christmas filled with all the Blessings of the season. Hugs, Marty

lvroftiques said...

Ooohhhh Ahhhhh it's enchanting in the evening Chari! I wanted to wish you and your family a very Merry CHRISTmas!! Vanna

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Chari,
It's just a glittery, sparkly, winter wonderland right on your buffet!
So pretty and so fitting this special season.
I love what you wrote, it said it all.
The true meaning of Christmas.
Well my friend, I am thinking of you and Russ and wishing you both a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Love Ya,
Cindy

Flory said...

oh my, i miss all of these fab arrangement chari and I missed you too! Merry Christmas!
hugs,
flory

ps, I still have the charms with me. pls. do email your add again, so sorry about that!
same!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Merry Christmas Chari..

your buffet is magical~! you have the most beautiful ornaments..

hugs
Sonny

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Merry Christmas Chari,
I LOVE your decor AND post! Silver & Gold is so Gorgeous for "EXTRA" Sparkle! Your buffet looks incredible. My very favorite things are the little birds and the deer candle holders...
Holiday Hugs to you,
Donna

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

So beautiful, Chari! Thanks for sharing these evening pics...your buffet is just magical. I bet in person it's even more so. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas surrounded by your family.
Love to you,
Susan

Carol said...

Chari,
What a beautiful, beautiful post! And the message is indeed glorious!
Wonderful.

Debbie said...

Amen girlfriend, you said it so well... what a wonderful gift was given to us so many years Ago!

Keetha Broyles said...

Oh goodness! I didn't SEE that little Sunday Fave's announcement and after all the weeks of MISSING getting a post up and running, I MADE it this week!!!

Hehehehehehe

I turned it back into a "draft" and set it to run for next Sunday.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday time!

Mary Ellen said...

The buffet is gorgeous Cheri! You have such a wonderful magical way with putting things together!

Hope your Christmas was merry and brite! We are down in NM- had a nice time with family and now it is time to dive into getting the house we had to take back ready to go to market again. Today is pulling out carpet!

mary

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