Today I'm doing a wrap-up of the party, sharing the Christmas story (I'm gonna be not-so traditional and do Matthew instead of Luke ;D), and announcing the giveaway winners. Here goes!
First off, how could we have a Christmas party without the true Christmas story? ^_^
18 ~ Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 ~ Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 ~ But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 ~ And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 ~ Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 ~ Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 ~ Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 ~ And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.”
~ Matthew 1:18-25 KJV ~
Okiedoke, party stats. xD This year, we ended up with posts from 16 different bloggers. Our most posts in a day was 13 on the 16th and our least was 5 on the 17th. Our total number of posts was 117! Woo-hoo for us, y'all! This makes me super happy. :D
Lists of epic participants... :D
Rebekah @ RebekahAshleigh
Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory
Olivia @ 9 Kids Plus 2
Kaitlyn @ Twin Thoughts
Rebekah E. @ Rebekah's Remarks
Marrok @ Marrok MacIntyre
Amy @ Living in Faith and Fun
Ashley @ Colorful, Creative Cards
Kellyn @ Reveries
Faith @ The Writer's Song
Angela @ The Peculiar Messenger
Michaila @ Seventy Times Seven
Janelle @ The Ramblings of a Book Worm
Olivia J. @ Living for the Other Side
Blessing Counter @ Counting Your Blessings One by One
Naomi @ Joy for the Journey
And, now for what you're all probably waiting for, the giveaway winners!! The prizes go to...
Maddy C (book and ornament)
Olivia F. (CD and ornament)
Congrats, girls! I'll be contacting y'all soon to obtain your mailing addresses so I can get your prizes sent out. :D
Most of today's links are not direct like they usually would be, since I'm scheduling ahead of time and didn't think ahead enough to get permalinks from everyone. I'll be back on to swap to direct links later today or even tomorrow, so if you're reading this late, you're good. ;D
The Peculiar Messenger // The Joy of Christmas
Reveries // Happy 2017th Birthday, Jesus
RebekahAshleigh // Merry Christmas
Whimsical Writings for His Glory // Christmas Day
The Ramblings of a Book Worm // It's Christmas Day
Twin Thoughts // It's About the Cross
Colorful, Creative Cards // Jesus' Birth
Rebekah's Remarks // Christmas Traditions
Chosen Vessels // Book Review
Well, that's a wrap, as they say. I'm kinda tired of doing two posts a day for nearly two weeks...to be honest. ;D Y'all will see me popping in to finish commenting on everyone's post sometime this week, and then I'll be back for the December recap, of course. I'm considering taking a blogging break early in the new year though...we'll see. :P
Merry Christmas to all!