Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Comfort and Joy

The day after Thanksgiving we had a beautiful ice storm come through,
which set the mood perfectly for lots of Christmas decorating.

So come around and take a look at our home, all decked out for Christmas!

This morning on the radio I heard the Christmas carol, "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" and it got me wondering, what does that title even mean, and where does that song come from?

A little quick research showed me that the song is one of our oldest Christmas carols, dating back to the 1500s.  The word rest back then meant "to keep or cause to remain" and the word merry meant "pleasant, bountiful or prosperous".  So you could rephrase the first line to: God cause you to remain pleasant, gentlemen.

Really, resting and remaining in God is the only way to have genuine long lasting happiness. Complete trust in Him is the only way!

(Someone was helping me decorate- he wanted the village to be safe, I guess!)

"God rest ye merry, Gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Savior
Was born on Christmas day

To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
O Tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy!"

I hope you all have the comfort and joy that comes from knowing Jesus!

I am joining for No Place Like Home and Home and Garden Thursday


  1. What a lovely and thoughtful post, Carmen! As you know, I am over the moon in love with red transferware so I enjoyed seeing it again. The cups are so pretty filled with berries and that wee bird. The village around your tree is really sweet and I think the wee Nativity is the perfect touch. And may we all bring comfort and joy to others! In doing that we bring glory to our sweet Lord. Thank you for sharing yet again another beautiful post, my friend.

    Christmas blessings,

  2. Your home looks beautiful! I really love the way that your village looks under the tree.


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