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Melissa Michaels is the NY Times Bestselling author of Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room book. Her blog, The Inspired Room, was voted Better Homes & Gardens Readers' Favorite decorating blog in 2014 and 2015. Melissa is a church planter's wife and a mom to three human kids and...

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  1. Thank you for sharing this post – this is exactly where my heart & thoughts have been going, too. If you care to, you can check out some of my fairly recent posts for the month of December… “the (WAY) in a manger” being one of them… that I hope I got the message across, and that is to SLOW. STILL. and SEEK.
    Don’t leave Jesus in the Manger…
    just for a fun side note. Luke 2:19 is where I’ve got my blog inspiration from. Mary spirit of treasuring up and pondering has always “affected” me…

  2. I am treasuring the thoughts of how different our family will be next year … with a new child celebrating with us … With a toddler/preschooler experiencing all the sights and sounds of an American Christmas for the first time. With hearts that have grown enought to bring one more into our fold.

  3. Yes. I am working to treasure all the moments with my children. And their little confidences and questions – I would miss them so much if … when they are gone, even while they drive me crazy. I, too, am working to focus on the little things like family, Jesus and the story of why Christmas is truly important.

  4. Melissa- thank you for such a beautiful reminder of CHRIST being the reason for Christmas! The tenderness of your post has given me such a warmth of encouragement through some difficult times this year…(and season). Thank you for allowing God to use you as a vessel to share HIS promises. Merry, Merry Christmas!

  5. Probably one of the most beautiful posts I have read regarding the birth of Christ. It is such a sweet reminder to ponder what happened so long ago on that night. Where our precious Savior was born. I look at my infant boy….and tears form as I imagine Jesus as a small baby. Oh the love she must have felt and the thoughts she must have had.
    My favorite line in “Mary Did You Know” : Did you know,?
    that your baby boy has come to make you new??
    This child that you’ve delivered,?will soon deliver you

  6. I am treasuring last moments with my first child as my only child (baby on the way any week here), as well as trying to show her the delight of savoring Christ during this busy season. It’s been easier than I expected, actually, saying no to the hustle and bustle and making the simple and the eternal our focus. By God’s grace!

  7. I, like you, feel the same thing.
    I am enjoying the beauty of the season and these quiet reflective moments are to be treasured. I love it!

  8. That is beautiful. I read your post as my daughters read books about the birth of Jesus and fiddle wiht our Nativity scene…
    “…All is calm, all is bright.

  9. I love love love this song! Brings me such great memories. I also really plan to slow down this Christmas, in fact I am taking the rest of the holidays off from my regular online activities…(Social Networking,etc) Thank you for sharing…!

  10. This Christmas, I am thinking more and more about the Savior and what he would have me do to be more like him. I miserably fail in many areas of my life, I am sure, but one thing that I could do for Him is to remember those that are forgotten or alone this Season. I have made a special effort to make sure that people whom we know who are widowed, alone, destitute or otherwise in challenging circumstances have some special Christmas cheer. Secret Santa gifts and packages sent to people who normally wouldn’t be opening anything this year were high on our list. There is so much to be done, but we focused on what we could do. Consequently, the light and love of our Savior has burned brightly in our hearts and I feel a quiet space inside where in I keep a constant little prayer of thanksgiving for all that we have been given.
    God blees you and yours this Christmas and always!

  11. Melissa, I think this is the time of the season that everyone lets the unimportant go and they focus on the important, which always seems to be around loved ones and family. The important things always seem to get done. When it is all said and done it is about the love we have for eachother and what greater love was shown when God gave us his son. I think you are an inspiration to young women and I for one thank you for keeping it real. Merry Christmas to you and to Yours, Kathysue

  12. I am treasuring a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and my teenage sons. I agree. This year Christmas has been at a more meaningful pace, and I have made it clear to extended family that my sons and I will not hustle about at a most sacred time.
    Merry Christmas!

  13. I’m treasuring having a tiny baby in our home for Christmas…the first time in a long time. Children that love and honor us. And having my Father still here…last Christmas he was given 6 months to live.
    I’m blessed.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful thoughts

  14. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle bustle of the Christmas Season and trying to make everything perfect. I think back to our Savior’s birth and how “unperfect” things were and yet still so beautiful. Our Savior was not born in a beautifully decorated room, with matching accessories. He was born in a simple manger, a simple birth, meager according to our standards. But Christ is Perfection. So, as I remembered that this season I did not strive for perfection. I focused on the true meaning of Christmas, and giving rather than receiving, and that the most important gift is love also spelled T-I-M-E. Time to be with loved ones, time to be still, time with the Father. My christmas was simple, with family and friends, but very meaningful to me. I feel so blessed.