“O Come, All Ye Faithful" (originally written in Latin as "Adeste Fideles") is a Christmas carol that has been attributed to various authors, including John Francis Wade (1711–1786), John Reading (1645–1692), King John IV of Portugal (1604–1656), and anonymous Cistercian monks. The earliest printed version is in a book published by Wade.[1][2][3] A manuscript by Wade, dating to 1751, is held by Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.—https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Come,_All_Ye_Faithful

The lyrics are at the end of the blog and contain the words that many saw as restoring. The controversy of the song when it appeared in the 1740s, composed by John Francis Wade as Adeste Fideles, helped Charles Edward Stuart, known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, a Catholic, to the British throne.


As we approach Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we look back to 1914 when the power of the song became extraordinary on these days as 100,000 British, Belgian, and French soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front laid down their arms to join the German soldiers in celebrating Christmas.

Christmas carols were being sung by one side, and then the other side would sing one of their carols. Then as O Come, All Ye Faithful began, everyone sang in their language together . The Germans sang the hymn in Latin words, Adeste Fideles.

In a terrible war, a few brief moments of peace stretched across 400 miles through France and Belgium. The echoes of songs of peace, hope, joy, and love brought blessings to the ears which could hear them. If only we could find in our hearts ways to listen to these messages long before we get to the point of the war, we would have no more.

The troubles of today can make us struggle and doubt. Through our faithfulness, we can find the light in the darkness to hold onto the strength we know we have been blessed with as we celebrate his birth. Gather together and hold onto the promise of understanding the blessings of Christmas.


O Come, All ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem
O come and behold Him, born the King of Angels

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation
O come, o come ye to Bethlehem
O come and behold Him, born the King of Angels

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful
O come, all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O come all ye
O come all ye faithful
O come all ye
O come all ye faithful

O come all ye
O come all ye faithful
O come all ye
O come all ye faithful

O come all ye
O come all ye faithful
O come all ye
O come all ye faithful

O come all ye
O come all ye faithful
O come all ye
O come all ye faithful

O come all ye faithful
O come all ye faithful
O come all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O come all ye faithful
O come all ye faithful
O come all ye faithful to Bethlehem

O come all ye faithful
O come all ye faithful
Born the King of Angels

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

O come all ye faithful
O come all ye faithful
O come all ye faithful to Bethlehem

Merry Christmas to All

A story to tell

As we look forward to the gathering of family and friends to celebrate Christmas, many of us can reflect on the year and may find some of our loved ones missing the celebration this year. Others will remember the joy of being thankful for being at the celebration this year by overcoming illness and surviving to see the Christmas tree.

Whatever story you have to tell, remember it is okay to share it with others, as we all care! We grieve those not here this year and celebrate those who can share another blessed Christmas we hold so dear.

When we send the children home for Christmas break, it may be a stressful time for them as they do not all have the same things waiting for them at home as others do. Always send children home with a positive word to hold close to their hearts as their Christmas break starts.

The Gifts

Christmas is never about the gifts we receive but the ones we have already been given. We celebrate the birth of Jesus with a humble heart.

I am so thankful for many things, and I share my thoughts on the ones I have received this week.

Peace, Love, Hope and Joy

I heard someone talk about too much positivity was referenced as “toxic positivity.” “Toxic Positivity” is the excessive and ineffective overgeneralization of happiness. It is the optimistic state across all situations. The process of “toxic positivity” results in the denial, minimization, and invalidation of the authentic human emotional experience. I thought to myself, do I use “toxic positivity?” My vote is no, but I am unsure if I truly understand “toxic positivity.” I will have to read and learn more about it.

In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy peace, love, hope, and joy in a world where we need to focus on finding more of it. The best time of year to find it, feel it, and share it is now.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10)

One of my favorite things to do is to give gifts to others. I do not get carried away with wrapping, cards, and all that stuff; I hand the items out most of the time. They are little gifts, some more significant gifts, and sometimes gifts no one knows about.

Giving gifts comes from the deep roots of my childhood. My parents were simple, kind, and humble. I can not think of a time we were not making, doing, or giving something to someone. We had two little ole ladies who visited our home each week to bring eggs. I was a little girl then, and they sometimes got something for me. They would come in through the back door and sit at the table. My mother would often give them noodles she had made with eggs. (I think this is why I have everyone come to my back door and sit at my table in the kitchen/dining area, it feels like home.) I can still see the smiles and hear the sounds of laughter.

Sharing

I probably give more than I should, and sometimes people think there has to be a catch; nothing is free in life. I shopped with my mother often, and we always bought the items on sale or at reduced costs. I knew we could afford higher-cost things because, at a young age, I managed the checkbook. The lesson being taught was the price tag on items does not make them better. “Never judge based on cost, the shiny look, the label, but understand the value of saving money.” These are not my mother’s exact words, but they are pretty close. My dad taught me the same things about people. “You do not know their story until they read it to you.” My father spoke to everyone; yes, I mean everyone. I get my gift of talking from him. I love to talk to people. I so want them to tell me the stories they want to share. If we could all share more, we would learn and care more.

One of the lessons I have learned about sharing is to be careful of how it will affect others. Clarification of this statement in terms of leadership is in the hidden costs of gift-giving and sharing. Here are a few examples:

If you have been with a building for several years and begin something that develops into a tradition, your funding source may need to be transparent if you leave the position. How can the new leader replicate this program or project without funding? Making sure you have a funding source that can remain in place even after you are gone is the best way to give. As I continued my journey, I corrected myself by ensuring the funding sources would continue if I were no longer in my position.

When making decisions, you must follow the guidelines but advocate as much as possible for the human factor in those areas that are not always crystal clear.

The human factor is always so important when making decisions. Keep in mind those areas which need the flexibility to help those in need.


I want to thank my followers for giving me the gift of your time, the value of your thoughts, and the appreciation of your kindness. Every day I write for you and pray I provide you with something you need. As we approach the time of year with the most significant gift-giving, can I tell each of you how much I appreciate your gift to me each day. Merry Christmas and blessings to all!

Share the joyful moments

The countdown to Christmas has begun as shoppers are clicking, trucks are delivering, stores are sorting, and lines are forming. Will we get everything on our list, or will we miss someone by mistake? The pressures we can feel during the holidays can be enormous!

I have received two Christmas cards, and I am thankful. I stopped sending cards out some time ago because of the pressure of constantly feeling like I forgot someone. I used to deliver gifts and presents to so many, and I have cut back because I work from home now. However, I still do a few things. I send items to others to donate to particular causes and do my best to bring joyful moments to others throughout the year. It is my hope through the following days before Christmas; I will be able to share some of the history of our favorite Christmas Carols and other holiday stories to share the joyful moments of this time of year!


The Impact of Poverty

I want to continue to provide information, resources, and solutions for the issues of poverty and the trauma experienced as a result of the experts I follow and read. Differences and answers can be made to help with the issues facing the problem of poverty.

Education is an essential part of the solution. Resiliency is a common factor in those who have overcome many barriers. The ability for individuals to attend school, comply with the rules and comply with all of the expectations to achieve graduation shows grit. There are many factors to help individuals get to this point.

Wrap yourself up in the warmth of daily doses of inspiration!

My favorite cup with an amazing hot chocolate to warm me up!

A cup of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement is essential every day of the year. During this time, many need extra help. Holidays bring depression to many. As you find the warmth in the day from a smile, a kind word, or a hot chocolate, take a little time to send a message, call or smile at someone. Be the warmth on a chilly day or the light on a cloudy day to bring the hope needed to face the storms which sometimes come.

Children are making their list’s as the countdown to Christmas has officially begun.

Santa is checking his list to see who is naughty and nice.

While parents, grandparents, family, and friends work hard, it seems never to be done.

How will we pay for everything on the list with a significant price increase?


David Foster / Linda Thompson are the songwriters for My Grownup Christmas List, and it is incredible to hear Kelly Clarkson sing it. I think about a Christmas list every year, but I do my shopping throughout the year for others. My list is never found in stores.

People who know me well know I am always on the lookout for the best clearance deal! One time I found a 90% discount on jewelry. I bought all of them. When it is only ten cents, you know you will find someone who will enjoy this as a gift for a birthday, get well, or a just-because gift.

I also love to make things and have my grandchildren work on making gifts for others, so we have lots of materials to use our imagination and creative thinking by shopping for clearance items.


My Christmas list is from my heart. A place where all my thoughts start. I look around at all I see. It seems each year; there is always more need.

It is really hard to know where to even start, but the first thing on my list is to work to help heal the wounded, broken, and torn hearts.

As a child, the innocence of those years I can reflect back on and wonder if it is still valid for children today or if they are gone.

I was often told time would heal all hearts, but I do not think I can say or see it ever start.

My belief is to always do for others as much as you can. Never worry about what others can do for you, but always what you can do for them.

It is never something wrapped beneath the tree that is the best thing to see on Christmas morning. The warmth felt in your heart and the faces wrapped with smiles you see as the gifts are exchanged. The joy of giving is the best gift to receive.

My prayer on my list each year is for each person to know the reason for this season and the love of God. To wake up each day to be a solution to our world and to honor the gift of life we are given each day. Make today better than yesterday, say hello to someone different today, lend a helping hand and be grateful for all you have.


Welcome, December; I have my list……each day will be filled with blessings for all to see. We will celebrate, enjoy and know it is time to believe! Thank you, God, for staying with us through our cloudy days, storms, and sunshine. Our list is complete with our renewed hope, belief, and love as we are reminded of the true gifts at Christmas.

Blessings to all, Brenda

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