February.

Hello everyone. I kind of dropped the ball on January posts! *ooops*

January felt long and short at the same time. . .and now we’re into the second month of 2019. The days are getting a little longer, the sun sometimes says “Peek-a-boo” for longer than a flashing second. . .right now as I type the snow is falling gently – coating the trees in perfection. It’s a sight.

Now onto February.

It is going to be awesome. We’ve got some fun stuff coming your way this month.

Our 2 Year Anniversary is on February 15th – and you’re going to want to be in attendance for all the goodies. I’m still finalizing all the details but I’ll give you a little peek, bags – lots of giveaway bags! That’s kind of becoming our thing as a shop, we like giving totes of goodness to y’all!

After I jump off here, I’m popping over to work on the newsletter for the month, so if you aren’t signed up yet, you might want to get on that. . . 🙂

Welcome to February lovelies. I’ll be back in a bit with more posts, xo

Shepherds & Sheep

I’ve been pondering, reading and then re-reading Luke 2:8-20, wondering about these shepherds in a dark field at night tending their flock. When all of a sudden an angel appeared and spoke, proclaiming the birth of Jesus. I don’t know about you, but for me, that would scare me enough to turn my hair white. To be going about my day, or night in this case, and boom – an angel is standing in front of me and speaking to me – just, woah.

To top off the moment of pure fright, like a cherry on top of a crazy whimsical cupcake, a whole slew of angels appeared and began singing praises to God. If you doubted your sanity with the first angel, what would you do when a whole flock of ’em appeared and began singing? I’d like to think I would have sprung from fear to delighted awe. I can vividly imagine how those shepherds standing around in the dark taking care of their sheep felt when all of this took place.

The angel told them how and where to find the baby, the newborn King. They found Him in a town overfull to the point of no room at the inn. That is super cool if you think about the intricacies of it all, every last piece of the grand story.

I think, when we read the Christmas story, we tend to gloss over the wonder, the delight, the reasoning and meaning behind a story that is so familiar. We float over the feelings, the people living this story. These shepherds were people, just like us. They felt it – the fear, the joy, the wonder!

While searching, I began to pour over articles about the historical context of the shepherds. Did you know that the shepherds would have been of the lower caste of society? I honestly didn’t know this, I’d never looked at or thought about it. But they were. It has been said, based on Old Testament prophecy and historical context that these particular shepherds could have been the ones caring for the sheep that were used for sacrifice in the temple.

Many times I’ve glossed over the story, until it became just that – the story. No less true, but a story that I’ve heard and read and sung about and been in plays about. I forgot about the people. How often do we forget about the people in the Bible? We read and re-read their stories glossing over the fact they were real people, just like us.

When I read about the societal standing of the shepherds, the sheep they may have been tending, the dark of night they received world changing news, the choir of angels singing praises to God, it all wrapped around my heart and opened my eyes. The gloss went away and I was left with how good God really is.

That He would reveal His Son to a low caste of society choosing them to be the first ones to lay eyes upon Jesus, outside of His parents, is just, so. . .God. He always takes the least of these, the black sheep as it were and selects the purposeful pieces of the story to be lived out by ordinary souls seeking a good good God.

See you tomorrow for another foray into the Christmas story. . .xo

Echo

Luke 2:8-20

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

 

12 Days of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Twelve drummers drummin’, eleven pipers pipin’, ten ladies dancin’
Nine lords a-leapin’, eight maids milkin’, seven swans a-swimmin’
Six geese a-layin’ five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

When I decided to do a series of posts counting down to Christmas it all began with the above song. In concert the song began to play on a loop in my poor brain, running through all the times I’ve heard it, the times I’ve seen it performed, the swift, fast, upbeat nature of the classic song.

After my brain went into Christmas song loop-ville, I began to dig online about the 12 days of Christmas. Did you know that 12 days of Christmas doesn’t actually begin until Christmas Day? Did you know it’s also called Christmastide, or Twelvetide? And it’s all about celebrating the birth of Jesus.

December 25th kicks it off and ushers you into the new year when the season ends on January 5th. That last night is called Twelfth Eve or my favorite, Epiphany Eve. It is 12 days of celebrations for Christmas, Boxing Day, Childermas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and then Epiphany Eve. Some countries don’t even give gifts until Epiphany Eve. Told you I love the name of this day. . .

I had no idea there was such a rich history filled with tradition and beauty. I always thought it was a gimmick begun by large shopping chains, and well, it still kind of is, but you look at the other side of the 12 days of Christmas and you find yourself in a whimsical celebration.

Looking into 12 days of Christmas, brought me back around to the other seasonal event, Advent. Do you know where the word Advent comes from?

I had no idea, but once I did I fell a bit more in love with the tradition.

Advent is brought to us from the Latin phrase, “Adventus Domini” which means: arrival of the Lord.

How can you not love a tradition that is encompassed in celebrating the birth of Jesus?

From the history, celebration, and tradition, down to the very lyrics of songs bring Christmas into beautiful stunning light and points us all towards the very reason for the season. Yes I did just use that common saying. It stays true, the reason we celebrate, the reason we steep ourselves in tradition and remember the history of the holiday surrounding us each December is and forever will be – Jesus.

Come along with me as I count us down to Christmas Day.

Until tomorrow, xo.

Echo

p.s. Go listen to Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters belt out the tune for 12 Days of Christmas, it’s pretty awesome. . .also, you’re welcome.