Nov 29


I had an idea for a Christmas-y letter wall hanging but couldn’t decide what word I wanted to display.  I considered the “fun” Christmas words like JINGLE, JOLLY, and MERRY, then the more traditional Christmas words like JOY and PEACE, but none of them seemed right.  So I just sat and thought about Christmas for a while.  What is the one word that sums up all that Christmas is and was at its birth — or maybe I should say HIS birth?

The word that I finally landed on is HOPE.  Hope was born in a stable.  Hope made its appearance in a filthy, smelly place.  Hope for all mankind entered the world to the sound of donkeys braying.  Talk about humble beginnings!

I don’t know if I’ve ever felt completely hopeless.  I’ve felt HELPless many times but I can only imagine the complete despair that must accompany the feeling of hopelessness.  I am so very thankful that I know the true HOPE that Christmas represents.  Hope for freedom, hope for purpose, hope for love, hope for renewal, hope for life, hope for peace, hope for joy, and hope for Heaven.  It was truly a world without hope that welcomed the tiny Son of God that first Christmas night.

In the rush to decorate, bake, clean for guests, and buy gifts we urge you to place JESUS at the center of all you do.  Be reminded of Him when you notice the soft Christmas lights reflecting off glass ornaments late at night, when you smell cinnamon and warm apple fragrances in the shopping malls, and when you hear the stirring Christmas carols whose words are so often sung but so rarely contemplated.

We at Jubilee Creative Studio wish you a Christmas season filled with Love, Joy, Peace, and HOPE.

We’ve got a lot to give away during this holiday season — starting NOW.  There are several new Christmas projects on the Weekend Projects page.  Today we are highlighting the Celebrate Jesus Placemat and the Celebrate Jesus Pillow.  There are instructions and more pictures on the project pages.  We want to give away one of these placemats to a blog reader.  You can use it as a placement at the head of the table or on a hall table or side table.  Enter to win by leaving a comment on this post.  You can leave any (appropriate) comment but if you can’t think of anything then simply tell me where you will be spending Christmas this year.  I’ll be with my family in lovely Northwest Arkansas!  Entries will be accepted until midnight CST on Saturday, December 3rd.



  1. Angie Stewart says:

    I will be spending christmas with my family. We visit with my parents and my husbands parents and then we return home to read the christmas story from the bible. We do this every year and it will be the same this year. Hope you have a great holiday.

  2. Teresa says:

    Will be spending this Christmas at home with my family. Will be participating in our church’s drive-through nativity. Love your projects.

  3. Jessica Wallace says:

    I am spending my Christmas in our new trailer home! (note my sarcasm!) We are building a home on our land and living in a trailer house in the meantime! So this year, Christmas is SIMPLE.

  4. Lynn says:

    What a beautiful reminder of why we celebrate Christmas. He is the Christ in Christmas!!

  5. Steffanie says:

    Love this place mat. What a cute idea would love one for my table

  6. [...] more day to enter to win the Celebrate Jesus placemat!  Comment entries will be accepted on the Wishing You Hope post all day Saturday and the winner [...]

  7. Teri says:

    These placemats are exactly what I need! We have had our daughters and their kids over frequenlty lately and have been praying for a way to quietly show our daughters the love Christ still has for them despite less-than-desirable choices they have made. They both were raised in a Christian home, but have “gone their own way” as of the past few years. Of course, not giving up hope on God to change their hearts back, we have invited them over for dinners in the last few months. With the Christmas season upon us, I believe these placemats will say what we want them to hear…Jesus is still worth celebrating, God is still there, and hope is abounding. Thank you again for the inspiration!

  8. Sharon Atkins says:

    This is my first time to visit your site. It is so absolutely beautiful! A coworker is now making rag quilts and I am anxioius to make my first very soon. Your product that I am seeing tody is such an inspiration for me to get started. It is even more exciting to know that this is a Christian based business. It is very obvious that Christ is in the center of your business and I pray that He will continue to bless you. We will be spending Christmas with our lovely family members in beautiful WV. I look forward to doing business with you in the near future.

  9. deb johnson says:

    This Placemat brought back memories of my Mother who was an avid quilter. She made numerous placemats and tablerunners, but the strange thing is that, she did not make any Christmas ones that I remember. And I have most of the things that she made. She is the one who introduced me to quilting and after her passing, I started to lose interest in the art. Well I recently made my first rag quilt and I have found myself back at the sewing machine and loving these quilts. And your site as given me so much more inspiration. I believe that it is possible that Jesus has spoken to me through your work.

  10. Angie says:

    HOPE is a wonderful word for Christmas and what a great reminder! I’m new to quilting but have enjoyed visiting your site. We will be spending a quiet Christmas at home this year – had the joy of spending Thanksgiving with our first grandson!

  11. Marissa says:

    These are so cute! Great for decor.

  12. Jacqueline Dunn says:

    I love this project! Keeps in mind the “reason for the season” but is also such a festive project. I am just getting into homespun fabric quilting and your site and ideas have really gotten me inspired!

  13. kristin says:

    Thank you for this beautiful perspective! Funny enough, I have been thinking of just the right word for a Christmas project, too! (I will be spending Christmas in KC with all my family!)

  14. Stephanie says:

    I get to stay home and let the family come to me. I enjoy all the cooking and baking. I just wish our family was larger so I could do more or maybe just have fewer leftovers.