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Angela Nazworth is a shame-fighting storyteller who writes mostly about the beauty of grace, faith, friendship, vulnerability and community. She is a wife and a mother of two. Angela's also an encourager, a lover of good books, coffee, girl's night out, sunshine, and waterfalls. In the 15 years since she...

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  1. i love it! thank you for the reminder of what it’s all about. it’s such a busy time of year, and i’m guilty of forgetting. i think i’ll keep a vanilla candle lit today….

  2. Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing this lovely perspective.

    ps – I only buy Mexican vanilla. Pure vanilla. None of that nasty, artificial stuff. And I use it extravagantly.

  3. I have lost my sense of smell but when I could smell vanila was always a beautiful scent to me.
    So I love this idea of Christmas and vanilla
    Thanks

  4. Good stuff….even the best *vanilla* flavored cookies smell wonderful while in the oven, are delicate on the tongue, melt-in-your-mouth goodness….leave a fragrance on your mind…can’t wait to have another.
    The best fudge recipe I have ever made STILL requires vanilla to be added!!
    Thanks for pointing us back to Jesus for the holidays … precious!

  5. I loved this post…I am writing my memoirs and the name “Plain Vanilla’…so thank you for your rich insight on vanilla and it’s various meanings….spiritual as well….just loved it!

  6. Christmas, in it’s purest form, birthed hope.

    I have been thinking about that all weekend. That He’s the only hope we had. Or have. Everywhere I’ve turned this weekend I’ve heard “hope”.

    Absolutely beautiful words. Thanks for sharing Angela. A vanilla Christmas to you as well 🙂

  7. Thank you, thank you.

    I love these words: “…we’re left with beautiful reality…with the only thing that matters. Christmas is about Jesus. His humble birth. His life of truth. His sacrifice.”

  8. What a great point of view to take! I don’t care for “vanilla” much either, but it is the artificially flavored stuff I can’t stand. I don’t like cheap vanilla candles either. However, if we get a hold of the right stuff, the REAL stuff, it can make all the difference in the world. May we grab hold of the true, pure vanilla this Christmas, and have a taste of what Christmas is truly about!
    Bernice
    http://livingthebalancedlife.com/2010/six-steps-to-a-saner-christmas-part-2/

  9. And here I thought my husband was crazy for prefering vanilla over chocolate (like I do)! I’ll have to tell him that he’s right on. Although, pure chocolate is awfully healthy and delicious… =)