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Friday, December 23, 2011

Wishing you great joy!

What’s really important this Christmas is that we don’t confuse happiness and joy.  
Happiness is impacted by external circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, is an internal state of heart. 
It’s an approach to life or an attitude. We can choose to act like the Grinch and rob ourselves and others of pleasure or we can allow our hearts to grow three sizes and join the celebration. 
Life’s problems temporarily may rob you of happiness. But a person with a truly joyful nature will not surrender it because of circumstances. 
The words above really resonated with me.  (you can read the entire article here.)  It made me think about how lucky I am that I have both happiness and joy this Christmas.  All and all, it's been a pretty good year.
As always, I'm running last minute.  Having a ball though, wrapping, baking, shopping, and enjoying family and friends.  Lots of family are here in town now and it's been great!  Tomorrow will be our feast of seven fishes at home (it's an Italian thing).  And on Christmas it will be here, there and everywhere!
I hope that you'll be doing some wonderful things this holiday with your family and friends.
Remember Christmas is a time for hope and to celebrate salvation. 
Love and gratitude to you ALL for sharing the joy of the season with me.  It's been wonderful!!!!  
Wishing you a holiday with many blessings and so much love.

 Merry Christmas.

Jenn xo

~top photo that I love is from http://www.lisaleonardonline.com/blog/


Janet - underthewillow said...

what a wonderful post Jenn!...thank you for that!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!!


ctlogcabin said...

Dear Jenn ~~
Beautiful Post .... I too am Blessed with Happiness & Joy ... Thank the Lord my whole Family is healthy and with me this Christmas Season.
We too will Celebrate Christmas Eve with the Feast of the Seven Fishes.
May Santa bring Lydia all her Heart desires ... and may you all be Blessed this Christmas Day & into the New Year !!
Love & Hugs ~~ Connie xox

Rugs and Pugs said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!
Hugs :)

BumbleBeeLane said...

Merry Christmas Jenn!Warm Blessings!~Amy

Penelope's Beehive said...

Dear Jenn ~
Thank you most kindly for a tug-at-your-heart post...such lovely words indeed.
Wishing you and yours the joy and special blessings of Christmas. May your heart and home be filled with peace, love, laughter, and light!
Warm hugs,
Judy ox

Angie said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Michelle May said...

It is with a Joyful heart I wish you a very Merry Christmas! May your day be beautiful and full of love!

Draffin Bears said...

Warmest wishes, dear Jenn to you and your family for a happy Christmas, one you will always treasure for the joy it brings and the memories it leaves.

Happy holidays

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