nicolam21 #eglintonCHRISTmas
#december21st
#rejoice

Much to rejoice about! Favourite day of the year: nativity, carol singing, carol service, YF party. Done and dusted. And check out that sassy shepherd in the middle!
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#december20th
#gift

The gift of being trusted with someone else's treasures. It's just after 10.30 and no-ones died or been arrested yet. Great success. This sleepover is an absolute gift (as in easy peasy).
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nicolam21 #eglintonCHRISTmas
#december19th
#princeofpeace

Aladdin's always been my fav Disney Prince. And pantomimes are a great Christmas tradition!
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#december18th
#giving

Whatever we give, give it everything. Don't give half assed, it defies the point. Like unwrapped gifts...ALWAYS WRAP THE GIFTS PEOPLE! Lol.
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#december17th
#wisemen

Every wiseman's journey is one of faith. (If not in God, then in something.) Otherwise it doesn't seem like a very wise thing to do, to leave you home chasing a star to find a baby of a peasant in barn.
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#december16th
#godwithus

God is with us in every speck of nature and every fellow human being he puts in our path. No mistakes.
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nicolam21 #eglintonCHRISTmas
#december15th
#joy

Simple things like a shot of gingerbread in your coffee at Christmas makes me joyful...
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#december14th
#silentnight

This is Avielle, she's 1 of 26. Because of what happened in Sandy Hook Elem. two years ago, today reminds me that for some people the nights are too silent. I'm not a parent & I live far away and even I can't wrap my head around how suddenly life can change & how unfair it can be.
So today I'm praying for and remembering those who are heart broken because someone important is "sleeping is heavenly rest". But I haven't forgotten about the hope...
1w

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#december13th
#angels "Teacher says: Everytime a bell rings an angel gets his wings!" - sorry but nativity aside I think of nothing else when people mention angels and Christmas in the same sentence. (For the uneducated among you, this is 'It's a Wonderful Life' watch it!)
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#december12th
#hope

Hope's my favourite. I've come to conclusion that if we had to live without it, we wouldn't make it a week before crawling into a hole somewhere and not coming back out. Hope for good health, hope for the career we want, hope for a brighter day, hope for what's around the corner, hope that there's something more out there, hope that we aren't in this alone. Hope for what's next.
Hope that I get a lie in tomorrow. (PS this is a photo of what are now routine blood tests and nothing more serious...nobody freak out)
1w

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nicolam21 #eglintonCHRISTmas
#december11th
#light

I miss the natural light in winter. It's dark when you go to work, it's dark when you come out. But at least in December we get all the inside lights to brighten the place up. Imagine how bleak the world would be with no lights.
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#december10th
#gladtidings

For the whole of November and first half of December in work, all we do is count boxes of papers. Bor-ing. Today that all finished for another year. Box free as of tomorrow. GLAD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY!!
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#december9th
#shepherds

If you know me, I'm not one at all for Facebook/Instagram memorials but it seemed too much of a coincidence. For me, the shepherds put their flock before themselves, yet trusted enough to leave them when God called.

For those that don't understand the link, this is my great uncle who I think was a shepherd. He happened to meet Him face to face three years ago on 9th December. It seemed fitting.
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nicolam21 #eglintonCHRISTmas
#december8th
#awayinamanger

Away in a Manger reminds me of first homes and that sense security and belonging. My first home after the trauma of being born was slightly different to a manky food trough in a barn, though there were cows and sheep nearby??
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nicolam21 #eglintonCHRISTmas
#december7th
#rest

Enjoying my day of rest with all the trimmings of Christmas...
2w

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#december6th
#love

I love Christmas carols. And I love that the word "love" can mean such a variety of things and that of all the gifts we've been given "the greatest of these is love".
2w

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#december5th
#innkeeper

Looking at today's news before bed. If only more people had a little compassion for others, like the innkeeper, the world would be better?
2w

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#december4th #peace

You have to listen to 'Quiet' from Matilda the Musical for my whole sense of peace after busy days and weeks with all the people and noise and fun and stress that fill the hours of 8am-11pm. But to save you listening to the whole thing, here's a line to summarise that peaceful moment before drifting off to sleep. "Quiet. Like silence but not really silent. Just that still sort of quiet. Like the sound when you lie upside down in your bed, just the sound of your heart in your head..."
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#journey
#december3rd

Our Timmy's had a bit of a journey these last few weeks. Change can be hard...but also good, journeys can be tough...but also rewarding. (He got rewarded with biscuits)
3w

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nicolam21 #eglintonCHRISTmas
#promises
#december2nd

From Les Mis: "Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise"

The promise of a saviour at Christmas and the promise always that God's got this! The sun will always rise tomorrow...
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  •   suzmccullagh So nights this quote is only thing that gets me through!! I keep telling george this!! 3w
  •   nicolam21 Totes can't stop singing it in my head now! @suzmccullagh 3w

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