Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Reason for the Season

It's the most wonderful time of the year as the popular Christmas song proclaims. And I love it all. Especially the busy weeks heading into the season when life is filled with baking, gift buying and wrapping, snowmen, Santas and holly.

These festive images are affecting, as is the holiday music. While the contemporary tunes, both new and old are always enjoyable, there's no question in my mind that the most beautiful songs though, are the carols which speak of that holy night and serve to remind the world exactly what this celebration is all about.

Amid the tinsel and lights, Santa and presents, turkey and pumpkin pie, it often seems that the reason for the season is lost. But when we hear the words and melodies of Silent Night, O' Holy Night or Joy to the World we are reminded in the most glorious of ways that this time of year Christians are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Born in a manager in the little village of Bethlehem, he was believed to have been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. This was the birth of the new Messiah.

For this day, therefore, the final one before Christmas, we shall share these illustrations in celebration of the true meaning of this religious holiday:

iCLIPART.com Religious Christmas Illustrations

Monday, December 23, 2013

Adorable Snowmen

After a 13-year hiatus, a new grandbaby arrived to join our family last year. Excited as we were for her first Christmas in 2012, she, at five months, was less than interested.

This year, however, things will be different. While she might not understand why it's all happening, the lights, the presents, all the fuss are things she's noticing and in which she's taking much delight.

For her grandfather and me the fun of once again seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child is enlivening.  Though we've always put a lot into the festive season at our house, this year there's no question we're throwing in a few bonus features as well.

For example, following a major ice storm in the area this past weekend, Papa and I, typically more inclined to spend a cold day tucked in with a good book, instead broke through the solid crust of snow and built a snowman to welcome our Little Missy on Christmas Day. Hopefully she finds him as adorable as the ones featured in these collections of illustrations:

iCLIPART.com Snowman Illustrations

Acclaim Images Snowmen

ClickArt Online Snowman Images

ClipartGuide Snowmen