I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas however you were able to celebrate this year. We’re almost at the end of the month (and we’ve almost made it to the end of a crazy year!) so it’s time to link up with Heather Gerwing and friends for Share Four Somethings.
I always love to listen to Christmas music during December, and that’s one thing that hasn’t changed this year. Last month I mentioned The Hope Of Christmas by Matthew West, a Christmas song written for Christmas 2020. This month I thought I’d highlight another one – Hope Christmas Gets You To Me by Lapwing. It’s particularly poignant as it is filmed around the deserted streets of Glasgow which would normally be bustling with people at this time of year.
During Advent, I enjoyed Remarkable Advent by Shauna Letellier. It contains a short reading for every day in Advent, retelling the Christmas Story. I loved how it brought the familiar story to life in a new and fresh way, really making you consider what it would have been like for the characters. It is full of historical detail that enriches the story and it also invites us to pause and reflect on the implications for our lives today.
It’s probably not the sort of book you want to read just after Christmas, but I’d recommend making a note of it and considering it for next December!
Christmas was very different for most of us this year. This time last week I was hoping to go and stay with my family for a few days over Christmas, but then the new strain of the virus discovered in the UK brought tightened restrictions and visits were only allowed to take place on Christmas Day itself.
Some parts of the UK weren’t even allowed to do that, so the one day we had is something to treasure. It was a lovely day – a walk, gifts, a delicious dinner, silly games, time to chat and catch up face-to-face.
I think 2020 has taught us to treasure the moments we often take for granted.
I also received this beautiful stitched version of the Footprints In The Sand poem from a friend, and it is definitely something I’ll treasure!
Just when it had begun to look a bit more promising, everything feels uncertain once again. Today we begin at least three weeks of the toughest restrictions we’ve had since March and April, so plans are once again being held loosely. The prospect of the vaccine being rolled out more widely brings some hope for greater normality though as we go through 2021.
What about you? How has December been? Feel free to share a highlight or prayer request in the comments.