A tree at the beginning and a tree at the end

I ran across a blog written by Greg Laurie about how Christmas begins and ends with a tree.  It was a very moving message about how CHRISTmas began with Jesus’ family tree and ended with his death on a tree a series of events that changed my life and has the power to change yours.  I hope you will give this a read and pass it along ~Michelle

It’s interesting to note that the Christmas story does not begin with the words “once upon a time” as so many fairytales do. It starts with a series of “begots”—so-and-so begot so-and-so. That is because the Christmas story is a factual, historical event. It still has all the pathos and magic and pageantry of the best fairytales, yet this is a real story. All other stories we’ve heard are, at best, pale imitations of the greatest story ever told. The story of the birth of Jesus started in heaven and unfolded on Earth.

That is why red is the color of Christmas—not because Santa wore red or because we wrap our presents in red paper or attach red bows to holly wreaths or put red bulbs on our trees. Red is the color of Christmas because it is the color of the blood that was shed from the cross for each and every one of us. Jesus died for the sins of the world so he could make available to us the greatest of all gifts. READ MORE

Save $$ or Time

timeandmoneyYour Money:
As you evaluate your finances there are a few year-end tips that could have you saving come tax time. If you delay any income until the New Year, you also delay the tax, thus giving you more disposable funds. Home upgrades can save on energy, utility bills, and can qualify as a tax credit. You can update all her records, making sure any changes are intact, such as the birth of a baby. If you’re a homeowner and if you can afford it, paying your mortgage ahead a month or two will allow an extra deduction.

Do you like it when:
• Your cats stay off the Christmas tree
• Your latte is the perfect sipping temperature
• Your car is warmed up before driving to work

Anytime vacations:
You may still be out to get that great recessionary vacation deal. A lot of resort places have lowered their prices and you might find it by using some of these sites:
www.Homeaway.com: offers rental properties around the world.
www.Dealbase.com: offers package deals from hotels and reward clubs.
www.Yelp.com: food reviews from the United States and some outside areas.
www.Luxurylink.com: last-minute deals on luxury accommodations.
www.CruiseCritic.com: best site for researching all cruising options.