Merry Christmas, LYWB.com readers!
We hope this season is merry and bright and focused on Jesus, our Savior. Here are some warm season’s greetings from our team to you.
PS: We’re giving you a little gift to open today! At the end of this post, you’ll find some festive images to share!
Most-loved Christmas Tradition: We love to countdown to Christmas during the Advent season at my house. Every day in December, my three little boys get a service assignment like hug your brother or do a secret chore. They also get candy of course, because . . . Christmas!
Favorite Christmas Food: Eggnog! I know, I know. You either love it or you hate it. I love it! My dad and I have it together every year.
Christmas Greeting: Merry Christmas, LYWB.com readers! With all of my heart I want you to grasp the wonder of this season and see that the baby in the manger came because He loves you with an everlasting love. He is our most precious gift. I can’t wait to enjoy Him together in the New Year!
Most-loved Christmas Tradition: My family and I are huge Christmas celebrators and love the beauty of the season. One of my all-time favorite Christmas traditions is my parents hanging sheets from wall-to-wall to block our (Baird kids) view of the living room. When me and my seven siblings would wake up on Christmas morning, we’d do our best to catch a glimpse through a break in the sheets. I’ll never forget the joy and excitement I felt as I watched my parents rip the sheets down and us kids would get to see our Christmas presents for the very first time.
Favorite Christmas Food: I’m an eggs, crispy bacon, cinnamon rolls, and delicious mocha kind of girl. Waking up to these smells on Christmas morning is like a taste of heaven come to earth.
Christmas Greeting: Merry Christmas to the coolest girls on the planet! I have absolutely loved getting to know each and every one of you on the LYWB blog over the past several years. Your hearts for truth and your desire to grow into godly women is so inspiring to me. I can’t wait to meet each and every one of you, either on earth or in heaven. Sisters in Christ forever. Love, Bethany!
Most-loved Christmas Tradition: I love our after-dinner Jesse Tree Advent devotions during the month of December. Before you think our family is super holy, just know that we only do these about 80 percent of the time and there is almost always bickering involved. It’s still my favorite!
Favorite Christmas Food: Sweet potato casserole with pecan, butter, and graham cracker crumble on top. Mmmmm.
Christmas Greeting: Girls, you are absolutely precious and beloved, and I consider it one of life’s sweetest privileges to speak into your lives through this blog. I pray that the Lord blesses and keeps every single one of you this year—that you would know Him more, love Him more, and look more like your beautiful Savior with each passing day. Merry Christmas from my heart to yours.
Most-loved Christmas Tradition: My family didn’t celebrate Christmas when I was growing up, so now that I’m a Mrs., I’m on the lookout for some meaningful Christmas traditions.
Favorite Christmas Food: Homemade rolls with homemade raspberry jam and sweet potato casserole (the sweet potatoes are just an excuse to eat lots of ooey-gooey marshmallows!).
Christmas Greeting: Merry Christmas! You rock. Thanks for opening your hearts and lives to us this year in the comments section. I love you girls. As you celebrate Christ’s first Advent, remember that there’s a second Advent—He is coming again soon! The best is just around the corner . . . life forever with Him. Can’t wait!
Most-loved Christmas Tradition: After we open our gifts Christmas morning, we get out the World Vision gift catalog and everyone picks out gifts to send to families around the world—fishing kits and fruit trees, Bibles and baby chicks. It feels pretty good to give after all that “getting”!
Favorite Christmas Food: Chocolate-chip waffles with real whipped cream and fresh strawberries, plus a tall glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice for breakfast!
Christmas Greeting: Merry Christmas LYWB girls! You all are a giant present to us. XO!
Most-loved Christmas Tradition: My family’s Christmas Eve progressive dinner. We start at one house for appetizers, go to another for the main course, and we end up at my grandparents’ house for dessert and a lively game of Christmas bingo. We eat, we laugh, and we “steal” each other’s gifts during the game. Santa likes to make an appearance, too.
Favorite Christmas Food: It’s a dead tie between my grandma’s homemade toffee and my Grammie’s Jule Kaga, a Swedish Christmas bread.
Christmas Greeting: Merry Christmas to each and every one of you! I’m truly thankful to grow in loving and serving Jesus Christ together. Thank you for encouraging my heart, for asking good questions, and for being our incredible readers. May your Christmas day be filled with joy, gratitude, and worshipful hearts. For unto us a Child is born!
Most-loved Christmas Tradition: Waiting at the top of the stairs to come down and open presents. I have eleven cousins, and we’ve done this since we were tiny. Now most of us are in our twenties and still doing it!
Favorite Christmas Food: Well . . . it would have to be my uncle’s fried turkey. There’s nothing like the sound of a popping, sizzling turkey in the fryer. (It’s not deep fried, so I don’t feel as unhealthy eating it!)
Christmas Greeting: Hey, friends! First off, a huge thank-you to each one of you for reading Lies Young Women Believe! I hope you’ve been encouraged, challenged, and have grown closer to Jesus because of it this past year. I can’t wait to usher in 2016 and watch the Lord work. And right now, as we’re all in the midst of celebrating Christmas with all its gift-giving and receiving, my challenge to you is to remember to thank God for the ultimate gift, His Son, Jesus Christ!