Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Readings and Ovaltine Power

"Something was stirring in him; something strong and deep and definite. Suffice it to say he was beginning to know that Christmas was coming-not just on the calendar but in his very soul."

Shepherds Abiding
Jan Karon

I have a list of Christmas books and stories that are pulled out as dear friends to be read over and over every year. The children have their favorites too and we enjoy snuggling up to read them, in the evenings especially.

It never ceases to amaze me how parts of the Christmas story can be found throughout the entire Bible. For example, the girls and I have been studying the Israelite's journey as they have now finally reached the Promised Land, the first battle to be fought is that strong-walled city of Jericho. I am keeping the girls on edge by telling them there is something really wonderful about Rahab. And this week as we get more detailed in our Bible reading of the Christmas story, I will unfold the beautiful lineage of Jesus. Hers is truly a story of grace and truth.

And as I find myself rather discombobulated in finding time to eat as I run from one event to another with everything in between, sometimes I find a drink of Ovaltine with 2% organic milk does the job. Especially if there is yet another food gathering to attend. Thank you Deborah for rather reminds me of Instant Breakfast, and has a very good energy boost. Today it served as my late lunch, because tonight I will head out the door at 5:45 bearing my fifteen ornaments to the annual ornament exchange of which I am a part.



crochet lady said...

Christmas stories are the best. I've read that Jan Karon book and enjoyed it.

I don't think I have every had Ovaltine.

jan said...

Another great drink that's very filling and good for you is a glass of milk with 2 T. of blackstrap molasses. That keeps me going for hours, literally.
Did you make or buy the ornaments you took to the ornament exchange? If you made them, would you have time some time to share some pictures of your favorites?

PAK ART said...

I used to drink Instant Breakfast - it was good for a quick pick-me-up. I'll have to remember that! We watch certain Christmas movies each year before the big day. I love traditions that you do with kids. btw - love your new header!

Deborah said...

:o)! You're welcome! I'm glad you're enjoying the Ovaltine.

I had to read a book in university that actually showed how many of the stories of the OT played a role in the birth of Christ. I wish I could remember the name and find the book again. I remember it being an easy and very interesting read. I wonder if it is on my parent's bookshelf still...

Do you have The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado? It is still one of my favorites.

I would love to see and hear about the ornament exchange. It sounds like fun!


~Karen~ said...

I, like you, have been sort of "hit and run" in my blog reading these days, but have kept up with you. The dessert you made looks heavenly!
I also love your new header.
I have several Christmas decorating books that adorn my tables, as well as some old favorites. I'm currently reading The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere. She also wrote The Christmas Shoes. A librarian recommended it to me last week, and so far, I'm enjoying it.
I'm catching meals on the run these days, and will have to try Ovaltine. I'd heard about the "tea" made from blackstrap molasses for help with tiredness, but not with milk. Sounds good, too.
I hope you and your sweet family have a wonderfully blessed Christmas season!
Merry Christmas,

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