I have been thinking alot about 2011 and what a wonderful year it has been for the store. So much has changed, so many things have evolved. So many wonderful friends made and so many homes made even more beautiful with our products; how blessed we have been. What an honor for us that each of you has chosen to shop with us. Thank you so much!
In looking ahead to 2012, I am in need of help from you, my friends and wonderful customers. In an effort to better serve you, I would like to know your thoughts about Kim Hoegger HOME and how we might serve you better. Are there products or services that we could add or take away that would make shopping with us easier or more pleasurable? Let us hear from you. Leave a comment and be entered into our drawing for a beautiful Tocca Holiday Candle! A $68 value!
I would love to hear your compliments as well! Those are always nice and greatly appreciated. Thanks again for a wonderful year, looking forward to another one!
While browsing the internet for Christmas inspiration, I ran across the following information regarding the Twelve Days of Christmas. I loved it and wanted to share it with all of you. The history of this silly song is heartwarming and again, one of the ways to bring alittle more Christ into Christmas.
I have always loved that song for some reason, it's catchy and I love all of the characters! But, honestly never invested to much in it, for I, like the writer who posted the article, had no idea what it had to do with Christmas. Now, I will most definately look at it much differently and will feel more passion and freedom in embracing the idea of the Twelve Days of Christmas. I am excited now to find that perfect collection of the Twelve Days of Christmas. What will it be, ornaments, plates, artwork? I will delight in search now that I feel the connection to the song. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Merry Christmas!
Twelve Days of Christmas
There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas? This week, I found out. From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember. -The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ. -Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments. -Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love. -The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. -The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament. -The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation. -Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy. -The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes. -Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control. -The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments. -The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples. -The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.
Enjoy your holiday season! I am excited this year for having an opportunity to see more Christ in Christmas, I have been missing him.
Did you know or have you forgotten like I had, that the meaning behind the Christmas tree is Hope, and that the raising of a tree symbolizes Jesus, the King of Kings. "The days are coming", declares the Lord, "when I will raise up to David a righteous branch, a King who will reign wisely adn do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Irasel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be call: The Lord Our Righteousness." Jeremiah 23: 5-6
I love remembering that my beautiful Christmas tree is not just a beautiful Christmas decoratation but a symbol of Hope through my Faith in Jesus Christ, the Hope of the world and the King of Kings.
Did you know or have you forgotten like I had, that the lights on the tree are meant to symbolize Jesus, the Light of the World? "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in the darkness." John 12:46. How comforting to remember that promise when I face the daunting task of sorting through the plastic tub of tangled light strands. Remembering our gift of Jesus Christ as the Light of the World, will make the task more peaceful from now on. And now, each time I turn on the lights, along with the beautiful decorations I will see Jesus in Christmas.
Did you know or have you forgotten like I had, that the decorations and ornaments upon the tree symbolize gifts to Jesus? I love that symbolism.
And did you know or have you forgotten like I had, that the wreath, a continuous circle, is a symbol of eternity because there is no beginning and no end.
I was blessed to bring home so much from the church services yesterday. And I am so thankful for the message of Seeing Christ in Christmas. Hope this brightens your Holidays like it has mine and I hope that seeing Christ in Christmas will bring you much needed Peace. God Bless You All.