Light the candles

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and writer at Steady Mom

I wish for you and your family today, tomorrow, and always:

joy, peace, hope, laughter, and love–abundant, overflowing love.

I will light candles this Christmas

“I will light candles this Christmas;
Candles of joy despite all sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch,
Candles of courage for fears ever present,

Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens,
Candles of love to inspire all my living,
Candles that will burn all the year long.”

~ Howard Thurman

“Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” ~ John 1: 3-5

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She is the co-founder and editor of Simple Homeschool, where she writes about mindful parenting, intentional education, and the joy found in a pile of books. Jamie is also the author of a handful of titles, including her newest release, Give Your Child the World.


  1. Merry Christmas, Jamie! Thinking of you and yours xo
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  2. Merry Christmas!

  3. Merry to all Martins. Love you. Xo
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  4. Thinking of you and praying for all the people and families in Newtown…our hearts are with you and we will light candles too.

  5. Marnita Sonnenberg says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours Jamie! Thks for all the beautiful thoughts!

  6. What a beautiful reminder to all of us. Much love and many hugs and prayers to you and your family.
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  7. you, Lord, give light to my lamp;
    my God brightens the darkness around me
    psalm 18:29
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  8. We had candles lit all night outside at George’s grandmother’s house in Danbury on Christmas Eve, and I thought of you and yours among our other friends and family (and others we’ve never met) in Newtown. So much love and light to you all; I hope you had a beautiful Christmas in spite of it all. xoxo
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