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Anna is the author of A Moment of Christmas and Pumpkin Spice for Your Soul. She's worked at (in)courage since 2012, and lives in Minnesota with her husband and their four kids. Anna encourages others to look for and embrace the extraordinary moments found in their ordinary days.

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  1. Every Christmas, I look at the calendar and think that during that 25-ish day season, I will prepare at least 75 regular meals in addition to all the holiday baking. School will happen, laundry will somehow get done, the house will be (sort of) cleaned and in the midst of all that somehow we will decorate and celebrate. It’s wonderful to be reminded (early!) that Jesus came to dwell with us in the ordinary.
    Blessings to you (wow, 2 birthdays!) as you celebrate the entire season!

  2. Anna,
    My dad used to say that about being “early and on time”….boy do I miss him! Love your loved ones while they are still here…..
    So true that when people say, “Christmas is just around the corner,” my first inclination is to groan and say, “Oh, but I’m not ready….not yet.” Your post is a perfect reminder that Christmas WILL come and it’s not about mall decorations, or my decorations, or baked cookies, or sending Christmas cards, or having parties, it’s about JESUS. Christmas WILL come. Jesus WILL come. He’ll come to us no matter what shape or condition we are in – no matter what our circumstances are, and isn’t that a reason to rejoice and say “Jesus is coming!” He came once for mankind and we denied Him, but in His love He took our sins and rose again so that the next time He comes, we will have an eternity in paradise with Him. May the next time someone says, “Christmas is coming,” may my response be Hallelujah and praise!! You really gave me a much needed attitude adjustment, Anna. Thank you and God bless you!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  3. Anna,
    I say a lot, will have mountain plate full of stuff and we add more because Christmas is just around the corner. We exhaust ourselves to the nth degree not to even enjoy Christmas not to mention the true meaning of Christmas=Jesus. Christmas will come and Christmas will go, I believe we need to all slow down, release the perfection and really enjoy the true meaning of Christ(mas)
    Great post!

  4. I LOVE this, Anna! It is such a clear reminder of where our priorities should be. THANKS!!!! Have great holiday season and may this be your theme song!

  5. Anna,,

    I know Christmas is around the corner, but I prefer to have one holiday at a time. Don’t rush Christmas. I want Thanksgiving to come first. Relax & enjoy the day with family. You are spot on about Christmas coming whether we’re ready or not. This world is all about buying, getting, having. Most don’t know the real reason for Christmas-a baby born in a manger to save us!! We need to stop our business & turn our focus back on Him. This year will be a bit different for me. This is the first holiday without parents for me. My hubby has to work on Thanksgiving. I will be celebrating with his folks. For me holidays is more about helping people & being with family. Focusing on Jesus!! I have two favorite songs; “A Hallelujah Christmas” by Cloverton. “Christmas with a Capital C” by Go Fish. They both speak to me in different ways. Both talk about Jesus & the true meaning of Christmas!

    Blessings 🙂