Merry Christmas from Me

Wait, what? December 25th already?

KABLAMMY WHAMMY WOAH. It’s here. Can you believe it? ‘Cause I can’t.

some of these photos were actually taken last Christmas, and I was dreaming of a personal blog to put them on, so now I’m fulfilling that aww sniff sniff

If you’re anything like me, you put an importance on making God #1 in your life.

I’ve been so focused this year on funding money for our missionaries in Iraq, Pakistan, and Peru through blog ads (on my doll collecting site and doll YouTube) that I didn’t even give a first thought to what I wanted for Christmas. No list or anything.

Like, dude. On Black Friday, my parents had to FORCE me to sit down at the computer and pick some Etsy doll clothes out for Christmas. XD

I still couldn’t find much I wanted, so I gave half the money budgeted for my presents to feed and provide for three families of the last surviving Christians in Iraq.

And I’m not saying that to go “oh look at me look at what I’m doing I’m so awesome”—I’m saying that to say look what God can do through an ordinary person willing to give Him everything.


So if you’re like me, around Christmastime, there’s nothing you want more than making sure you’ve given God first place amidst the festivities. I mean, you just had to be forced to decide what you wanted for presents!

But what does it even mean to “celebrate the birth of Jesus”, anyway? Listen to your parents read the Christmas story and try to convince yourself you’re more excited about Jesus as a baby in a manger than you are the presents you’re dying to open?

Nope! That’s not what it means. That’s never what it’s meant. And I’ve pondered on this for a long time.

I betcha that has money in it. >:)

This Christmas, I had it in my heart to give Jesus a Christmas present. It is, after all, His birthday!

That’s our sad, cheesy nativity scene in which we lost the baby Jesus figurine, and my family in penguin form I made in 2015, in which I gave myself a really pretty bow with ribbon and a pearl and all the other girls in my family super lame felt bows.

But what is it Jesus wants for His birthday? What could we possibly give Him?

God sent Jesus to earth so He could fulfill God’s will; reconciling us to Him, tearing the veil of sin, and restoring the relationship between God and man.

Yes, Jesus came as a baby, so He could be fully man and fully God and completely be the adequate Sacrifice. But I hate to break it to you… Jesus ain’t a baby anymore!

So what gift could we give Jesus?

Here’s a clue. What did He come to earth and die for?


To restore the relationship between you and God.

This Christmas day, I’m going to set the stress and worry about my upcoming novel, blog posts, and terrifying new parent-made 2018 schedules aside and focus on Him. I encourage you to do the same! Spend time with God.

One of my favorite songs goes like this:

Lord I give You my heart
I give You my soul
I live for You alone
Every breath that I take
Every moment I’m awake
Lord have Your way in me

Give Jesus your heart and soul in worship today. Carve out time dedicated just for Him!

Jesus gave His life, kicked death’s butt, and rose again so a priest wouldn’t have to do it for you. Read a couple of your favorite Bible chapters, crank up your favorite praise and worship, and thank God for being nothing less than the Almighty, all-powerful, all-knowing, awe-inspiring, incredible, amazing, magnificent, completely mind-blowingly epically *pants and gasps* AWESOME God He is!


By |2017-12-24T22:22:15-05:00December 25th, 2017|Holidays, Photography|36 Comments

About the Author:

I'm Madi: blogger, writer, doll collector, and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more about me here and this blog here.


  1. Zella T December 25, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    That’s really great that you’re feeding poor people around the world.

    • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      Aw, thanks! It definitely feels great.

  2. Zella T December 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas!

    • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      And to you!

  3. Christina December 25, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    XD Lol
    Love this post!

    • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      YESSSS. *high-five*

      XD Thanks, Christina!

  4. cameradolls December 25, 2017 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas!

    • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      Merry belated Christmas!

  5. RafstheticallyPleasing December 25, 2017 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Have a very merry Christmas?

    • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      You too! ?

  6. meandmydogsblog December 25, 2017 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    That’s such a sweet post Madi!

    I’m spending a Christmas at the beach! And I’ve all your pics!


    • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much!!

      Ooh, that sounds like so much fun! And I’m so glad you like them!

  7. Olivia Bell (aka Livy) December 25, 2017 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas, Madi! This is such a beautiful post, so true! Christ is so important, not just at Christmas, but in every hour, minute and second!!! HE SAVED US, HALLELUJAH!!! Merry Christmas, epic Madi! 😀

    • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      Merry Christmas to you too, Livy! Amen! 😀

  8. Kendra Lynne December 25, 2017 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    What a great, thought-provoking Christmas post! Thank you so much.
    I hope your Christmas has been blessed and your New Year is amazing. <3

    • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much for reading, Kendra!

      Same to you! <3

  9. Olive December 25, 2017 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Hum de hum, read that, read that, ooh! Beach Christmas thing! So, we got a lego beach house today, and I took my lego me, and made it look like she was taking a selfie from the hammock, with Lloyd surfing, the guy it came with on a jet ski, and the lady it came with waving in the background. It looks pretty good if you ask me. ? I posted it on Instagram, but I’ll probably put it on my blog so you can see it. ?
    Ohhhh dear, Mom needs help and I’m looking lazy right now. Gotta go, bye, and merry Christmas!
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      ?? That sounds pretty darn awesome!

      I hate it when that happens. XD Bye and merry belated Christmas!

  10. Maddie December 25, 2017 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas, Madi!! I can’t believe Christmas is today. Now. This very second. :0 I hope you have a blessed 2018, and I’m praying for you always!! Love ya’ 🙂 <3

    • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      Merry Christmas to you too, Maddie!! I know, right? Aww, I’m praying for you too! Love you and have an awesome 2018! <3

  11. Kendall December 25, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Love it!! So true! Quality time with Him is the best gift we can give the One who can acquire anything He wants- within our God-given free will.
    We have that exact Little People nativity… only we still have the Jesus. 😛
    And giving myself the best bow is totally something I would have done two years ago. XD

    • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Yes, exactly!! Amen.

      XDD Congrats on keeping the Jesus. XDD

      That made me laugh so hard ?

      • Kendall January 8, 2018 at 3:03 pm - Reply

        Thanks! XD

        Bu-ut, considering the fact that I have one less sister than you (i.e. zero), it would have been easier. 😛

        • Madi January 8, 2018 at 4:33 pm - Reply

          HAHA, true. XDD

  12. Starling December 26, 2017 at 2:03 am - Reply

    I love that song! Every time I hear about why Jesus came down to Earth, it gives me goosebumps. Happy Christmas, Madi!!

    • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      GASP YOU KNOW THAT SONG? I love it too! Merry belated Christmas!

      • Starling December 28, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

        Yes! We used to sing it in my old cell group.

  13. kaitlynrh1 December 26, 2017 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Merry Christmas, Madi! You have that Nativity set? Cool! We do too! But we still have Baby Jesus! 😛

    • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      Merry belated Christmas, Kaitlyn! Hahaha good job on keeping the Jesus! XD

  14. blackiesunshine December 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Loved it! Maybe you could share details on your restrictive schedule? I need to get my life together XD

    • Madi December 27, 2017 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Tess! Oh dear, I’ll share whenever my parents finally get it together and give me the details. I’m so scared of it. ?

  15. Annie Xia December 28, 2017 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    This post rocks! HA, I love how you made your penguin so much fashionable than the other ones.

    • Madi December 29, 2017 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Annie! Heh heh, thank you! ?

  16. Srijan January 19, 2018 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    You seem lovely! I wish you all the best!

    • Madi January 24, 2018 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much!

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