Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Thursday, December 24, 2020


I'm writing this on Christmas Eve! The thrill of the season is still here despite everything. Allow me to share a quick catch up, and to extend my well wishes to you.


How have your days been? I hope it has been merry and bright, and that you've found joy in the smallest of things. For me lately, it has been in the form of Christmas songs on replay, sunny morning walks, and spending afternoons making art. 


I've been listening to classic Christmas songs; I've even made a playlist, feel free to listen along here.

Pretty in orange-- blooms I've spotted while walking around my village

I painted a Baldmor-inspired acrylic painting. His works always have family, church, and community as the main themes, and it is fitting for the season. 

I've started with my weeks long break; I think this is the longest break that I've taken so far ever since I started working (here's hoping I don't forget my work laptop password!).. and I'm truly enjoying every bit of it, even if I'm not really going anywhere far. The day feels entirely different whenever I know I'm not going to open up my work laptop, and I can just do things at my own unhurried pace. 


The weeks leading to this though, were filled with lots of work and hustling to arrange everything smoothly before year-end. Yet in between those busy moments were townhalls, meetings, and team wrap ups that reminded all of us about the impact we've created this year. Somehow even if it was all just through a Zoom meeting, whether it be featuring a regional leader saying their thanks to the team or having a catch up and reflection time with my international counterpart, as cheesy as it may sound, their sincerity has reached me through the screen!


We say this year is different what with most gatherings going virtual, and having company events through Zoom. Many might say it's not the same and claim that meeting in-person is still the best (I feel the same), but I was personally delighted to find that I still carried the same fuzzy feelings of togetherness, even if I was just inside my room, in my pajammies, interacting with my laptop screen.. I guess now more than ever, it is the thought and effort to extend our well wishes and gratitude that really counts. This year has really taught us to look far, above, and beyond what we're used to.


Yet in all these things, I believe we have done so well. With whatever it was that you were doing this year, may it be in studies, work, learning a new hobby, cultivating both old and new relationships, finishing your TBR pile of books or even going beyond it (I was able to finish reading 3 books this year WOW!!), let us acknowledge and let it be known to all that we did well. : - ) these are our own personal wins and they ought to be celebrated. Even getting through the year, being able to live through 2020 is already a feat. 


I'm having my little celebration in the form of extended rest; I added another week to our office closure break, which is why my time off this year is longer than usual. It felt a bit surreal, typing up my auto reply email-- I've been so used to the WFH rhythm, that having weeks off from it felt foreign to me. But it is a must. 


So far into the break, I have turned a year older (25!) and I already started intentionally and deeply reflecting on the year that was, and for the year to come. My thoughts are all recorded in a trusty journal of mine, but I'm excited to share bits and pieces of them with you in the coming days. 


But for now, among other things that needs to be known, let us remember the reason for this season. Love's pure light, our thrill of hope, and the source of our real comfort and joy is Jesus Christ. He is the real reason why our weary world is able to rejoice, because He came into the world to save us from our sins.


I wish you a Merry Christmas, dear friend. Christ is born and He is with us always. May we rest upon the truth that we are never alone.  


For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


Isaiah 9:6



16 comments

  1. Merry Christmas!!

    It is great that you've taken a break. Even if we are working remotely, it is still important to take a break. I am finally taking my first time off of the year from work and it is great. Virtual gatherings boomed this year with the pandemic and everything. It felt normal for the first time ever LOL. Happy belated birthday as well!! Wishing you a healthy and happy year ahead!

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

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    1. Thank you, Nancy and I know this is late but Merry Christmas to you as well :") hope you had a great time with family and friends, whether in virtual or (safely physically distanced) in-person gatherings :)

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  2. Merry Christmas Anna! Getting used to WFH set-up kinda messed with my brain (even though i currently work freelance) but the lack of boundaries between rest and work is quite something. it's either i fall into one or the other.
    I've learnt to love virtual gatherings during these times. Something that was so normal for my family suddenly got extended to me and my friends where we'd often hop on google meet for our rest (we'd watch movies or just talk about our days). Slowly, it felt normal? Jumping onto calls and screen sharing whatever movie we came across, or just listen to music together whilst working onto something. or maybe we're trying our best to make it seem normal?

    lyza

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    1. Thank you Lyza! :) I think that's a lovely thing to do, bonding over films online. I guess we have to make do with what we have, and staying safe and well is really the priority.. so these online gatherings will do for now :")

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  3. Merry Christmas, Anna! And a belated happy birthday, too!

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    1. Thank you so much, Renee! I realize I am replying days late, so here I am, wishing you a Happy New Year!! :)

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  4. Such a lovely post, as always, and wishing you a wonderful Christmas! The festive period during this bizarreness has been ultra strange, especially taking time off when WFH. In a way it's given me time to feel even more seasonal and spend more time with those closest to me, even if it's not in the usual sense. Happy belated birthday as well <3

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Georgia! :) Hope you had a lovely Christmas time with loved ones as well. I know this year is different, but I'm just grateful for what we have. All that matters for now is that we're safe and healthy. Wishing you all the best into the New Year!

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  5. It's a bit late, but I hope you had a great Christmas Anna! And happy belated birthday :) I'm also currently on my end of year break and have been enjoying every second. I'll definitely making the most of it while it lasts!

    Mani / eatyourteacup.co

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    1. Same here Mani!! Hope you had a lovely Christmas time. End of year breaks are the absolute best, and I'm with you in enjoying every single bit of it :") it is very much well deserved! Happy New Year!

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  6. glad you had a long break, Anna! certainly, that's well-deserved. =) though, it's a bit late, merry christmas! and belated happy birthday! <3

    sincerely, riz | https://www.sincerely-riz.com/

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    1. Thank you so much, Mariz! I know my response is late as well, hehe and it is already New Year's Eve.. so allow me to wish you a Happy New year!! <3

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  7. Wishing you a very happy new year. It's so important to take a step back, especially from work and allow yourself a break. Also happy belated =o)

    Katerina
    https://honeycombee.com/

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    1. Happy New Year, Katerina, and thank you for your greeting!! :") yes indeed, resting is so important. Hope you get to rest and enjoy your time with loved ones during the holidays

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  8. Thank you for being positive despite everything that 2020 has given us. It is contagious. And for that, I am giving you my virtual kumare hug. <3

    Lovelots,
    Tina
    www.totetallylegal.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Tina! Sending you back a biiiig virtual kumare hug as well ;) Happy New Year!

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