Hello lovely people!

I hope that you are all having a great holiday season just like I am. We left the heat of the enchanted Island for a more wintery climat. Loads of hot chocolate, nice coats, knit scarfs and trendy boots are all in the menu on this holiday season. 

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt: and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'

 " - Lewis Carroll (Darling Magazine)

So, this post is about holidays, winter and gifts. I am so excited about gifts in general, but as we wrap up 2013, I think about all the blessings and gifts in disguise that I have received from the hand of God; not only in this year but my whole life as well. 

This year I got a ton of stuff, but I am really excited about the books I received. While everyone is busy having fun, I just want to curl up on the couch and read!

The gifts that we exchange during the holidays are really a symbol of 

the

 ultimate gift that God gave to humanity through his son, Jesus Christ. I am one of those people that loves Christmas and eagerly anticipates the special time in which I conmemorate God's love and redemption for me. 

This week someone asked me, "What is your personal definition of God's love?". Like any good speaker I got a little biblical at first. However, after giving it a second thought, I realized that the scriptures I had quoted at first were truly my testimony. So, I rephrased them, adding excerpts of my story. God's love towards me has been relentless, unconditional, life-saving, and has also taken away all my fears. God's love carries me daily and though He accepts me as I am, He loves me enough to not leave me in my brokenness. Instead, He molds me more into His likeness and makes it work. 

Just like in the story of the birth of our Savior, many today do not recognize the blessing of having a savior. Many are not fully aware of how miraculous and life changing that " holy night" really was. I pray that this season bring you more than just wonderful material goods, but that you will receive 

the 

gift of Christmas: our savior, Jesus. 

I'm sure you're wondering so...under the tree this year was a subscription to one of my favorite magazines called "

Darling Magazine

", the photography book "

A Beautiful Mess

" by my favorite blogger of all time, and the novel "

The Book Thief

" by Markus Zusak (because I watched the movie and I am hooked.) Bible-wise, I have been drawn continuously to the book of Ruth and have found myself reading it more than once during this season. I'll write more about it in the New year. 

Have a cozy one darlings!

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