the hope of christmas

IMG_0376ed2014 is almost over. Where does time go?

It hardly seems a few days since last Christmas, when I woke up beside a lake in Pell City, Alabama. I was welcomed with open arms by Jon’s family — Southern hospitality in full form — and spent New Years Eve beneath the stars in Santa Cruz. The past year has been a big one — full of changes and surprises, love and laughter. It’s been a sad one on a national and global scale — so much hurt and pain and anger; so many issues that make me sad. But, through it all — the good and the bad — one thing rings clear: HOPE. We all hope for a better day, a better year; for progress and for the strength to get through when we seem to be going backward instead of forward.

And that’s what Christmas is all about, isn’t it? Hope? Even if you don’t believe in the story of Christ and the promise of salvation it brings, there’s the hope of Santa Claus and the hope for presents and good things. There’s the hope of the new year — a fresh start and all that that means . . .

For me, I’m hoping my 2015 will bring more frequent blogging, more reading, better writing, and a clearer-cut school and career path. I want to be a better friend, girlfriend, sister, daughter, and blogger. All of you out there mean more to me than you know, and it is because of you that I haven’t yet (completely) given up this blogging thing.

So thank you, and Merry Christmas, all! I hope you have a beautiful day full of love and laughter and, most of all, meaning.

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      • Christmas was pretty good! New Years Eve…not so much! Working and my team seemed to be out to prove their incompetence.

        Well…beyond it being a new year; it is a new day. Time to keep working to make things better. Maybe I will work on having new employees this year. Lol!

        I hope your night was a bit more ordinary!

        Happy New Year!

      • Haha. I was in bed before 10. Not my usual New Year’s Eve routine, but it worked, and now I’m working on my first post of the year — so I guess that’s something!

        Happy New Year to you, too! I pray things will look up for you this year!

  1. Hi Jessica. Merry Christmas. I wanted to see if you were interested in doing some articles for GodReports.com. I have started doing them and enjoy it because I can do national articles that expose people to Christ. Mark doesn’t pay anything (I just met him Monday and saw how his newsite is still beginning but has progressed nicely.) Check it out and let me know what you think.

  2. Happy Christmas, Jess. Have a good year ahead – it’s a new beginning, another year with another set of challenges and lessons to learn :)

    Hope. I think that is something a lot of us don’t dream of or don’t dare to have. A little hope brings us a long way. I hope there is more kindness in the world next year :)

    • I hope for more kindness, too! It sort of makes me sad that people mostly focus on it around the holidays. We need kindness all of the time!… But I don’t think most people don’t dare to hope. We all hope every day. If we didn’t, I don’t think most of us would get out of bed in the morning!

      Happy Holidays to you, too, Mabel! I hope your new year is great, too. :)

    • Thanks fraggle! Christmas didn’t feel much like Christmas this year. We are doing a late family gathering at our place tomorrow. But Happy belated Boxing Day to you, too!

  3. Great to hear from you ~ and it looks like this year has been such a great one for you (collarbone and all…)…wish you nothing but smiles in 2015 Jess, enjoy the last week of the year. Cheers!

  4. Though I do not subscribe to the “religious/faith” significance of Xmas, I do love and embrace the GIVING spirit it nurtures as well as peace and goodwill toward (most of?) humanity. In my young adulthood and now, I much prefer giving gifts, giving time, giving warm long hugs and smiles with tons of laughter. Those are always my most fondest memories of Xmas past and present.

    Happy holidays Jessica and wishes for a fabulous New Year! :)

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