Friday, November 15, 2013

52 Weeks Reflect

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Week 46, can you believe it?  
As Sally indicated in her email, the holiday season is coming quickly, whether we are ready or not. Our assignment is to take a moment and reflect on all the joy, peace and happiness and love before the hustle and bustle is upon us.
I love the season of Advent almost as much as I love celebrating Christmas. 
Advent is as much reflecting as it is looking forward.

This is a  "Li Bien" Ornament from Pier One.  I have been purchasing them for several years now, for keepsakes for our kids, for myself and also as a gift to my Sunday School teachers who sacrifice their time to teach our little ones.
The art of Li Bien-or 'inside painting originated in China during the Qing Dynasty-a respected art for over 200 years. These ornaments are blown and hand painted by a master artist. Every year Pier One offers a variety of ornaments which are all lovely.  This one is for our own tree.

I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:  to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
and on earth peace among those whom he favors!
~Luke 11

11 comments:

Mary K. McGraw said...

What a beautiful ornament.

Shel said...

Beautiful!!

Bonnie said...

What a lovely ornament! Truly a work of art.

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Tres Bien! (That's about as much French as I can remember.....) What a lovely tradition AND a beautiful ornament.

Islandgirl said...

I can't imagine painting in that detail on the inside of an ornament... I couldn't come close to that detail on the outside ... not to mention you have to start with details and work out if your on the inside.... Lovely ornament!

Becky Pancake said...

Your ornament is beautiful Alice.

Donna Millard said...

Indeed, it is good news! I love ornaments as well, this is a very special one you posted today.

Beti Horvath said...

Lovely ornament...It will be beautiful reflecting lights on your tree!

Marlene Cupo said...

Your joy in the Holiday Season shine through and your sharing of it as well. Thank you.

Claire said...

A really beautiful ornament - perfect for this week!
Thank you for leaving a lovely comment - sorry, I'm really late replying... But I HAVE just made it before the next FoL post :)

Adrienne said...

Beautiful ornament!