Advent, Gentle Hearts

  • A Time to Prepare for the Coming of our King
    First Week of Advent 2014
    November 30th

    Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!
    Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
    ~Isaiah 64:1-4

The Season of Angel Song

  • Listen. . .can you hear. . .
    Do not be afraid!

    The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him "Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”

    . . . Behold, I bring you glad tidings!Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

    She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

    . . .and you are to give him the name JESUS. . .

    . . .because He will save his people from their sins!

Christmas 1919 at Downton Abbey

  • Bringing home the tree. . .

    Lady Edith, her sisters, and O'Brien decorate the massive tree. . .

    Electricity has come to Downton Abbey. . .

    The Dowager sneaks a peak at the Christmas Cards. . .

    Gathering the servants to present gifts. . .

    Mary's gift to Anna

    Star-crossed Mary and Matthew, "I'm catching the train first thing in the morning. . ."

    I don't want to spoil their fun, but I couldn't wear a
    paper hat. . .

    Downstairs. . .

    Upstairs. . .

    The Game. . .(not to be confused with Charades?)

    Christmas baking in Mrs. Patmore's kitchen. . .

    Mrs. Patmore's Christmas pudding. . .

    Mr. Carson serves the flaming Pudding. . .

    Even the Dowager likes Christmas pudding, "Happy Christmas, everyone!"

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I Will Honor Christmas in my Heart

  • And Try to Keep It All the Year!
    I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round -apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that- as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.
    ~Nephew Fred, from A Christmas Carol by Mr. Dickens

Snows of Winter

  • the warmth of home. . .

Winter in Williamsburg