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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

"For unto us a child is born,
for unto us a Son is given.
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name shall be called Wonderful,
Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6-7
Heart felt wishes to all my blogging friends and family!
Please take a moment to enjoy this Ode To Joy!

"Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee"
 God of Glory, Lord of love;
 Hearts unfold like flow'rs before thee,
 Op'ning to the sun above.
 Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
 Drive the dark of doubt away;
 Giver of immortal gladness,
 Fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
 Earth and heav'n reflect Thy rays,
 Stars and angels sing around Thee,
 Center of unbroken praise.
 Field and forest,
 vale and mountain.
 Flow'ry meadow,
 flashing sea,
 Singing bird and flowing fountain
 Call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou are giving and forgiving,
 Ever blessing, ever blest,
 Wellspring of the joy of living,
 Ocean depth of happy rest!
 Thou our Father,
 Christ our Brother,
 All who live in love
 are Thine;
 Teach us how to love each other,
 Lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o'er us,
Brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward,
victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward
In the triumph song of life.
      Henry J. Van Dyke 1907

Have a wonderful Christmas celebration!
Carolynn   xoxo 

 In the coming week I will be linking with several of my favorite blogs.
 Many of them host weekly parties.  I'd love for you to stop by my sidebar to link up with them and say hi! 


Kris said...

And to you as well Carolynn!!
Merry Christmas!!
xo Kris

NanaDiana said...

Merry, Merry Christmas, Carolynn- xo Diana

Lily said...

Have a lovely Christmas, Carolynn. xxx

Naturegirl said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Ruby and Arthur said...

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas! Jean

Lee Prairie Designs said...

xxxx, Christmas Blessings to you Carolynn and your family.


Erika said...

A merry Christmas and the best wishes for health, happiness and peace for now and in the New Year, dear Carolynn. Wishing you the spezial joy that only Christmas brings. May every joy and blessing be yours in this Christmas Days! Erika

Primitive Stars said...

Wishing you and yours a Cozy Chenille Christmas my Friend, wonderful warm post...... Christmas Blessings Francine.

FoundAChristianBlog said...

Merry Christmas!!! I love the Hymn you posted. It is beautiful!

Ms. Redo said...

Ah, what an awesome rendition of Joyful Joyful - my husband and I loved it! Your pictures are gorgeous, and we are wishing you a very Merry Christmas! Hugs ~ Mary

Paula said...

Hello dear heart Carolynn! What a beautiful Christmas post! Love the Bible verse and hymn. I hope you and your dear family have a wonderful, peaceful, happy and very Merry Christmas! I will write you soon! I love you! xoxo Paula

NanaDiana said...

Merry Christmas to you, too. That is one of my favorite Christmas songs- xo Diana

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Merry Christmas, Carolynn, from our family to yours!

I've enjoyed getting to know you this year!


Dragonfly Treasure said...

Wishing you a blessed Christmas!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Merry Christmas Carolynn!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a beautiful post! It's been a joy to 'meet' you this year and visit your blog! Merry Christmas my friend! Holiday hugs, Diane

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Thank you so much for the visit and the Christmas wishes. Yes, I have to admit, baby Ellie is my favorite gift this year. She is so sweet. Last night we were fighting over who got to hold her. I guess you could say she was the hit of the party!
I hope your Christmas is wonderful and peaceful, and that the new year brings nothing but happiness for you and your family. I LOVE the Christmas ornaments header on the blog, so festive and pretty. Take care my sweet friend.

Denise said...

I loved this marvelous post.You must be a very talented blogger and I am now following you-Merry Christmas-Denise of Coffeeberry Cottage

Evelyn said...

Merry Christmas from Freedom Fridays

Tami Von Zalez said...

Many thanks to linking in to my Countdown to Kitschmas.

Cheers to a fab New Year!

Kathleen Grace said...

A day late but the wishes are the same. I hope your Christmas was wonderful and that your New Year will be filled with blessings:>)

Micupoftea~ said...

Hello! Hope you enjoyed the day and are blessed with warm memories and loving moments in 2013~

Lenetta Carnes said...

Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.