2016 White Christmas Card Collection

There is something about feeling the change in the air from warm to cold. We can feel it with our skin, the way we get goosebumps when we step out the front door, they way our eyes water a little, the way we can see each breath that we breathe. We switch from AC to heater and change out our comforters for something thick and fuzzy. Whether we notice it or not, we need an extra pump of lotion each morning. It's already pitch dark when you get out of work and rush hour looks like a long long line of Christmas lights. When it gets cold out is when I start to feel warm, because my mind is already on hot cocoa, Christmas tree, extended fellowships, and good food. And then comes a deep sense of gratitude because I remember all these good things are possible because of Jesus Christ.

For Christmas cards this year, I wanted to incorporate a little more of the Gospel. And because I've always wanted a White Christmas but don't remember ever having one, I let it snow on everything. :)

Introducing the White Christmas Card Collection by Salt Stains!

This is Christmas #2 since our marriage last April, and we are just as excited as we were for Christmas #1! We went out to Joann Fabric & Craft Store to get a new garland, some pine cones, and a bunch of sparkly ribbons—I was SO giddy walking out of there with a full cart. When we got home, Elias got the ladder out and hammered some nails in for the brand new garland. I made bows out of the ribbons while he hung the garland by our entryway—all the while listening to my "Swingin' Christmas" playlist. Christmas always comes early in our home! We will be setting up our big tree this weekend before I enter the whole Thanksgiving dinner madness.

"And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!'" - Luke 2:10-14

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We live in an age where the word "Christmas" is in jeopardy because it is too “religious”. The world wants to take the only light away to remain in darkness (John 3:19-21). But we know it is Christ that came down, died, and resurrected in this world for us, and that the Gospel is offered to everyone who will receive (John 8:12). Christmas is the day we designated to celebrate the King that was born, to bring peace on earth. Without accepting that, Christmas season just becomes empty decorations and meaningless tradition. It's like an apple pie without the filling!

I pray that this season will be a warm one for you and your loved ones, full of grace and Truth. x

"And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” - John 3:19-21

"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." - John 8:12