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happiest of holidays

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas week. I hope you spend the next few days soaking up good friends, delightful gifts and delicious food and at the same time, realize this holiday is so much more. And since I don’t always have the right words to say, here’s a few of my favorites below. Have a wonderful holiday, queens! xo

This is the message of Christmas. Not that we can make peace. Or that we can make love, make gifts, or make this world save itself. The message of Christmas is that this world’s a mess and we can never save ourselves from ourselves and we need a Messiah. For unto us a child is born. – Ann Voskamp

It would be a great loss for you to miss this season, the soul of it, because you’re too busy pushing and rushing. And it would be a great loss if the people in your life receive your perfectly wrapped gifts, but not your love or your full attention or your spirit. This is my prayer for us, that we would give and receive the most important gifts this season—the palpable presence of a Holy God, the kindness of well-chosen words, the generosity of spirit and soul. My prayer is that what you’ve lost, and what I’ve lost this year, will fade a little bit in the beauty of this season, that for a few moments at least, what is right and good and worth believing will outshine all the darkness, within us and around us. And I hope that someone who loves you gives you a really cute scarf. Merry Christmas. – Shauna Niequist

You’d see that today holds something special, something holy, not superficial. So here’s to the birthday boy who saved our lives. It’s something we all try to ignore and put a wreath up on your door. So here’s something you should know that is for sure, Christmas must be something more. We get so caught up in all of it, business and relationships, hundred mile an hour lives. And it’s this time of year and everybody’s here and it seems the last thing on your mind…is that the day holds something special, something holy, not superficial. So here’s to Jesus Christ who saved our lives. – Taylor Swift, Christmas Must Be Something More

I believe deeply that God does his best work in our lives during times of great heartbreak and loss, and I believe that much of that rich work is done by the hands of people who love us, who dive into the wreckage with us and show us who God is, over and over and over. There are years when the Christmas spirit is hard to come by, and it’s in those seasons when I’m so thankful for Advent. Consider it a less flashy but still very beautiful way of being present to this season. Give up for a while your false and failing attempts at merriment, and thank God for thin places, and for Advent, for a season that understands longing and loneliness and long nights. Let yourself fall open to Advent, to anticipation, to the belief that what is empty will be filled, what is broken will be repaired, and what is lost can always be found, no matter how many times it’s been lost. – Shauna Niequist

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{previous holiday posts here, here, here}

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