wishing you a happy and holy Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve, can you believe it. The presents are almost done, the house is not looking ready, the nativity rehearsal has been done and I still have lots to do but I’m ready. Ready for the real reason we celebrate. I do get caught up in all of the Christmas hype except for Sundays in Advent, quiet time with my bible and the book I’m reading at the moment, in prayer and those last few days before Christmas when I remind myself of why we celebrate. And I’m not a mormon but I love this video (and my mormon friends!)

And this year having a little baby at Christmas time is so beautiful. I can look at my own baby and think of the original Christmas story. Jesus came to the world as a real person and from humble beginnings so that we could relate to him. And isn’t it funny how something just reaches out to you that you somehow had missed. I’m going to share it with you.

‘When 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.”

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

Luke 2: 15-20

How had I missed that? ‘But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart’. Just like a mother would. Of course she did. Just as I do when I’m sitting and watching my 6 or holding my baby. So my Christmas wish for you is to treasure up all the things…..your beautiful children and family…… ponder them in your heart and see the things that you have in your life that are so good and important.

And a special message for those who are lonely, sick, troubled, going through a difficult time or who miss someone they love this Christmas. You are loved. I know that life is hard right now and it all might look perfect in other people’s lives but my wish for you is hope. Don’t give up hope. Treasure the memories of happier times and know that things will get better.

And that’s it from me. I wish you a happy and holy Christmas, a special time with family and loved ones and peace in your heart and lives. And if you’re a mum a break from the dishes and your feet up for a rest after lunch.


  1. Beautiful words Corrie. I wish you and your family every blessing this Christmas. It’s such a special time with our families and it is important to stop and reflect on the real reason we celebrate. Merry Christmas!

  2. Thank You for your Words.
    I wish You a peaceful and happy Christmas and god bless You and your Family.

    (Mother of 8, Living in Germany and loves Reading your blog)

  3. Thankyou for your beautiful message. Wishing you & your family a lovely Christmas & a happy & healthy new year.

  4. Merry Christmas to your family from mine Corrie. May this special time be filled with much joy as you remember the enormity of the very best gift ever xx

  5. Thanks so much for sharing beautiful Christmas message Corrie. Bless you and your family this coming year. Rose (Mum of 3 little girls)

  6. Thank you for your beautiful Christmas message Corrie. A special reminder to us all of the reason why we are celebrating this season. May God bless you and yours as you enjoy your festivities.

  7. What a beautiful, beautiful Christmas message to share. Merry Christmas Corrie to you and your dear family xx

  8. Thank you dear Corrie for sharing the message of hope.
    May God bless you and your family this Christmas and in the New Year.

  9. Beautiful Corrie! And thank you for sharing those verses. I am encouraged by your insight and will definitely ponder and treasure this Christmas with my girls. And I will Thank God for his son to be born for us so we could have a relationship with Him.

  10. I hope you and your family have a very blessed and peaceful Christmas and all the best for 2015 :) God bless.

  11. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I have enjoyed reading your blog this year hope you have a happy new year.

  12. Michelle L says:

    Bless you and your family, merry Christmas.

  13. A beautiful post :) Merry Christmas and I hope you get to put your feet up too! I love your reflections. Mary, a mother at an early age, yet she must have displayed beautiful qualities to be chosen to carry and bear the Saviour of this world!! Many blessings to you and yours!

  14. So beautifully said Corrie. Wishing you and your beautiful family a very happy amid holy Christmas too and a wonderful 2015.

  15. Thank you Corrie.
    Needed to see those videos to get my day started here in Canada. It will keep me balanced from the christmas eve chaos.
    Blessings for the season and keep up your inspirational work on the blog.

  16. I really love that photo of Elodie gazing at the Christmas bauble, You have captured the sheer delight of discovery. I dont have photos on my walls but that is one that I have been tempted to print and frame but I gets a little teary when ever I see it. She just touches my heart.

    Hope you have a lovely Christmas

  17. Happy Christmas Corrie :-)

  18. A perfect message, and I literally had goosebumps all over while I read it. Thank you and I hope you had a lovely Christmas celebration with your family – Krista (Mum of 3 in NZ)

  19. “You are loved” – such a beautiful message Corrie. Much love to you and your family for Christmas and the New Year. Elaina xo

  20. Belated Merry Christmas to you and your family Corrie . I love that lots of people celebrate Christmas but if they only knew what it was truly about and the message of hope it brings. Hope you reach your goals in the new year. I too, wish to lose some weight! Blessings to you. We are off on a much needed holiday tomorrow and I’ll be reading my condensed Catholic Catechism during that time. Xox

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