Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Most Precious Gift of All

To say that I love Christmas would be an understatement. It's by far my favorite time of year! I love the fun, laughter-filled family get-togethers that come along with the season, the Christmas decorations that light up the neighborhood at nighttime, the beautiful carols and the scrumptious food, the classic movies that make me feel nostalgic for Christmases gone by, the coziness of opening gifts on Christmas morning with Christmas music playing softly in the background, the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve... the list goes on and on.
But most of all, I love celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, all those centuries ago in the little town of Bethlehem. And yet, wouldn't you agree that sometimes it can be so easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the Christmas season? I find that I can get so caught up in the busyness of the season that I'm distracted from the very thing that Christmas is all about: God sending His one and only Son--God Himself!--into this world to take away our sins, even though we don't and never will deserve it. It's mind-blowing when you try to comprehend that, isn't it? Jesus could have chosen to be born in a palace to a privileged family, but He didn't. Instead, He humbled Himself and chose to be born to a poor, ordinary couple, in a manger in a stable on a silent, holy night. Really, He could have left us on our own, but He went to such great lengths to save us, all because He loves us so very much.

And because of Jesus, we have hope, peace, and joy in our hearts. Because of Him, we have the most wonderful friend we could ever ask for, Who loves us unconditionally despite our many flaws. Because of Him, we have forgiveness, freedom, and the promise of spending eternity in heaven, if only we trust and believe in Him. Because of Him, we have all that we could ever wish for and more. As wonderful as all the things I listed at the beginning of this post are, they pale in comparison to all the gifts that we've received through Jesus Christ. He is the true beauty and miracle of Christmas!
So in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of last-minute Christmas preparations, let's not forget to keep our eyes on Jesus and celebrate His birth. Let's be filled with wonder, awe, and joy when we think of the baby Jesus lying in a manger, born to suffer so that we may have life. He truly is the greatest, most precious gift of all!

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." 
- Luke 2:10-11

Wishing you a very merry Christmas,

Friday, December 16, 2016

Emma Woodhouse's Wardrobe

Hi everyone! I've had this post sitting in my drafts for a while, and since today is Jane Austen's birthday, I thought that now would be the perfect time to publish it! I'm pretty excited about this post, too, because it's all about one of my favorite Jane Austen movies, and really one of my favorite movies in general: the 2009 version of Emma!

If you've ever seen this movie, then you've probably noticed that Emma has a rather stunning wardrobe. Seriously, she has soo many gorgeous dresses, with the prettiest shawls, spencers, and hats to match. So, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of my favorite outfits that Emma wears throughout the film! I've narrowed it down to just eight, so keep scrolling for some lovely Regency-era fashions. 😊

8.) This Brown Floral Dress

First up is this dress that Emma wears to the strawberry picking outing at Donwell Abbey. Now, at first I didn't know whether I wanted to include it on my list of favorites or not, but it's really grown on me! I really like the muted color palette and the overall simplicity of the dress. Also, can we just talk about how adorable Emma and Mr. Knightley are in this picture, with their coordinating outfits? ;)

7.) This Green Dress with Red Trimmings

Another very simple dress, but yet it's still so pretty! I love that shade of green, and the red ribbons and bows are so adorable. Together the two colors look quite Christmassy, which is another reason why I like this dress. :)

6.) This Fall-like Floral Dress

Ahh, this dress. :) I just adore the warm autumn-y colors on it, and it looks lovely with the orange shawl that Emma has paired with it.

5.) This Pink Afternoon Dress

Next up is this dress that Emma wears when the Eltons come over for a visit. (Mr. Elton's face in this picture is so funny. He sure seems to be enjoying himself, doesn't he? Haha. :P) Anyways, back to the dress! I looove the color of it, first of all, and the matching satin ribbons and the chemisette that Emma's wearing with it are oh-so-pretty.

 4.) This Green and Red Gown

This dress that Emma wears when Mr. Knightley, the Westons, and Mr. and Mrs. John Knightley come over for Christmas is so very lovely. The red brocade fabric (I believe that's what it's called...), the silky green sash, the beautiful gold detailing at the hem... it's just an overall gorgeous gown!

3.) Emma's Christmas Dress

Oh, this dress is so beautiful! First of all, the fabric looks very nice; you can't really tell in this picture, but it has some sort of texture and pattern to it. I also really like the gold sash, and those puffy sleeves are adorable! Can I have this dress to wear on Christmas, please? ;)

2.) This Yellow Floral Dress

This is such a sweet dress! Emma wears it quite a lot throughout the film, but most notably when Mr. Knightley proposes (squee!). I love the pastel yellow hue and the pretty floral pattern. :)

1.) Emma's Ballgown

And last but certainly not least, Emma's absolutely beautiful ballgown! Gahhh, this dress is so adorable and shimmery and feminine! I love the shade of pink, the lace detailing, the sheer overlay on the sleeves... It's a stunning gown, and definitely my very favorite of all of Emma's dresses! 💕

Which of Emma's dresses is your favorite?