I know that this is a day or two early, but I rather think that most of us won't be checking the internet much on Christmas Eve or Christmas. So I thought I'd say early, Merry Christmas, and may you feel especially close to our Savior at this time of year. Right after Christmas, my family and I are going to be especially close to Mickey. We'd been planning to go to Disneyland for a while, but with temperatures down to 5 degrees (daytime) where we live in Colorado, some good California weather seems very inviting! Some day we really need to visit DisneyWorld, but having grown up in California, married in the San Diego temple, honeymooned at Disneyland, etc., I really have a soft spot for that location.
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Arbilad, if you're going to actually visit Disneyland during Christmas break be prepared for HUGE crowds (you probably already know this). About ten years ago we left for Anaheim the day after Christmas and went to Disneyland on Dec. 27. We still call it "the day from hell" We were trying to herd six kids, including a wee one in a stroller, and only got on 3 rides ALL DAY! We just hadn't prepared ourselves mentally for dealing with how crazy crowded it was (seriously, sometimes we could NOT move the stroller because the mass of humanity was so thick....)
MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone. THis does look like a fun place to visit
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Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Emmanuel: God with us.
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain, Lift up thy voice with strength! Lift it up, be not afraid! Say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Arise, shine, for thy light is come, And the glory of the Lord, is risen upon thee.
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given, And the government shall be upon His shoulder, And His name shall be called: Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace!
There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night
And lo! The angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people, For unto you is born this day in the city of David, A Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, Praising God, and saying: Glory to God, Glory to God in the highest, And peace on earth, goodwill towards men.
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.
He shall feed His flock like a shepherd, and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. Come unto Him all ye that labor, come unto Him, ye that are heavy laden, And He will give you rest. Take His yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly of heart, And ye shall find rest unto your souls.
His yoke is easy, and His burthen is light.
Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sins of the world.
Surely He hath born our griefs, and carried our sorrows, He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him.
And with His stripes we are healed.
(Lyrics from selected numbers of the oratorio, “Messiah”, by George Frederick Handel)
Have a blessed Christmas everyone.
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