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A Wonderful Day!

Fenelon Falls United Church invited me to bring my books for sale at their Christmas Bazaar and luncheon today. Tonight I am still flying from the experience. When I arrived this morning, the room was aglow with the Spirit. Tables loaded with jams, jellies and a myriad of other tasty preserves filled a big square in the middle of the room. More tables around the outside held baking, gift baskets (there must have been 100), antiques and on and on. Lunch was scrumptious homemade soup, ham and cheese croissant, and an ice cream sundae. The decorations and layout were beautiful. They had my table decorated too. Before we opened the doors, about 50 of us gathered in a circle for a few moments appreciation. This was the church, prepared and ready to serve the community.

The community responded. They came and shopped. We sold lots, including me with my books. I give thanks to God for Fenelon Falls UCW and their invitation to me. Today has been a true blessing.

Check Out the Story!!!

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“Live the Story. Let Love Enter Your Heart.”

Part of my preparation for Christmas is attending our Keene United Church’s live re-enactment of the Christmas story at Lang Pioneer Village. This year as always, the service was well attended. It’s become a Christmas tradition for many.

Whether you claim no religion, or Christianity or another religion, the magic of the Christmas story can make a difference in your living. During these last few days before Christmas, I encourage you to seek out a variety of ways of learning more about the traditional Christmas story. Google “Live nativity presentations”. Consult your local library or bookstore. They’ll have lots of books to choose from, that tell the Christmas story. Dust off your Bible(or borrow or buy one) and find the Book of Luke. Open it to Chapter two and read the story together as a family. Once you’ve heard the story this year, use the following guide to think about the story.

1. What would it be like today to be Mary, 9 months pregnant and unmarried? Imagine travelling a long distance on a bus, using all your money for the ticket. When you get to family/friends, there is no place for you. You go to the homeless shelter.

2. Who are the Mary’s, the innkeepers, the shepherds, the Herods, the Wisemen today?

Thinking about the characters as real people like you and me will make a huge difference in your Christmas celebrations, secular or religious. Let the story speak to your life. On Dec. 25, 2015 make room in the Inn of your heart for love to enter.

“…the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.” (Luke 2:15-16)

How Do I Prepare For Christmas?

How Do I Prepare For Christmas?

By Janet Stobie

Many of us have begun Christmas preparations. Whether or not we are religious or Christian, it’s important to understand why we celebrate Christmas. The easiest way to learn is with our children. At a used or new bookstore, or your local library, choose four story-books based on the Christian biblical story of Christmas. With your child (grandchild, neighbour’s child) read one a week as part of your Christmas preparations. The list of Christmas books is endless. Sift through the stories. Choose carefully. Find ones that have meaning for you. Take time to talk about the message of the book. Even if you have no children in your life, read the children’s books anyway. You’ll be surprised by what you learn. Remember that Christmas is a Christian celebration of God’s choice to come and live among us in the person of Jesus.
Of course, I suggest my two Christmas books, “Spectacular Stella” and “Can I Hold Him?” They are both available directly from my website www.janetstobie.com, from Journeys Bookstore in Millbrook, from Kent Books or Footprints Bookstores in Lindsay. A few more suggestions are “God Gave Us Christmas,” by Tawn Bergren, “Room for A Little One,” by Martin Waddell, “The Gift of the Magi,” by P.J.Lynch, and of course, the Bible, Chapters 1&2 of Matthew and Luke. If you’re looking for a novel with a Christmas theme, try my latest book, Fireweed. I’m receiving rave reviews about it.
This year, make Christmas a time of learning for you and your family. Step away from the commercialism of Christmas and discover its meaning in your world today. I guarantee that understanding will add to your joy this Christmas season.

“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them at the inn.” (Luke 2:4-7)