Hey Dirt Roaders!  How is life along your stretch of the way today?  It’s sleeting here.  I’m getting ready to put on some Chicken Rice Soup for supper and we are going to have a cozy night.  I just thought that I would give you a few things to look at that might help you with a little room to breath this holiday season.  A few minutes to pause and regroup.

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I try really hard to not get into a frenzy at Christmas.  It has never worked…until this year.  Due to the events in our family…I haven’t even started Christmas shopping.  I feel no stress in that, oddly enough.  My step-mom and I have been saying this lately:  It is…what it is.

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I always look forward to January.  I love the meaning of Christmas…and I love the lights.  I love to give and receive gifts…but once the last bit of wrapping is thrown away…I feel like I can breathe again.  Crazy?  Maybe.

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Really, all in all, pausing to give honor to the Christ child is such a simple, yet profound thing.  God with us.  What a wonderful gift of love.  I feel it especially strong this year.  God has made Himself so very real, that other things have faded into the background.  I am in wonder of this peace.

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I hope that you all are enjoying your homes and your families.  I hope that you are decorating Christmas cookies and wrapping presents.  I hope that you are bell ringing and preparing for Christmas plays and programs and all of that good stuff.  Most of all though, I hope that you are warmed in your heart over the humble and extraordinary gift that God gave us.  I hope that you find moments to breathe and to let His peace fill your soul.

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Staying close to home,

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