Yes, we know that the calendar said it was New Year’s Day, but we decided that the calendar wasn’t the boss of us. For when it’s your first chance to get all those kids together in the midst of their adventure-filled days, then you take it. You’ll open stockings because everyone knows they’re the bestest gifts anyway. And you’ll find yourself sinking deep into the respite of this season of together.
You may even find yourself enjoying a little pizza that your hubby decided to whip up for everyone. Because Christmas stockings and pizza Read More
Here we are right smack in the middle of the in-between week with the excitement of Christmas a few days ago and the New Year just a few days off. These days pull us back and forth between leaving the decorations up just a bit longer or setting everything back to its usual place. Between enjoying just a few more Holiday delicacies until the new year, or getting a jump on those health goals before the big calendar flip. Somewhere over the years, it has become the week of regrouping around our house. Not a vigilant purging, get-after-it sort of pace, but more of a let’s sleep in a bit then tackle chunks of those things that have been left undone for far too long. All this being mingled with impromptu movie nights and coffee shake runs simply because we can. Christmas seems to remind us of the value of these slower moments together before the routine is set in motion again soon enough. This year that includes a bit of thinking on what I would call “Christmas Hopes Future”. A time to reflect on traditions to hold too, others to let go of and new ones that may need to be added to our collection. Today those thoughts look a bit like this …
Traditions we’ll hold to …
This tired old tree. It’s huge, y’all! So huge that, in an effort to slim her down a bit and gain a foot or two of floor space, we skipped Read More
This morning breaks with the mixed bag of day after emotions. One moment it’s a smile that spreads across your face recalling the look of surprise and excitement as those around you opened “the perfect gift”, especially if you’re the one who gave the gift. Tumbling right on top of that early morning memory is the knowing that someone has to clean up the remnants of yesterday’s merriment. And then there’s the storing of Christmas and moving on in the not-so-magical daily life challenges after a long-anticipated holiday. That little title up there at the top of this post, “Emmanuel, God with us” may seem a bit too little, too late. But, oh my friend, there’s nothing little about it at all, and it’s never too late.
He remains long after Christmas had been stored away
The beauty of Emmanuel is that He has come to stay amongst us, to offer His redemption and live within us. And though we can rattle off a myriad of Read More
It’s almost Christmas and this is the final post in our Advent Christmas Devotion and Free Nativity Set series. If you’ve missed the original posts in this series, you can catch up on all of them here. This week we have the candle of Christ devotion and the Mary, Joseph and Jesus ornament.
We hope you have enjoyed each devotion and creating your ornament sets. As always we would love to hear how you have used these resources. Feel free to use them with Read More
The Christmas season is undoubtedly my absolute favorite of the year, with Thanksgiving coming in at a close second. It’s filled with traditions, vacations from the routine, the giving of gifts and time with family and friends – what’s not to love about it? And yet, this year has been a bit different in our home. Not in a bad way, but in one that calls for its own share of heart adjusting. One that demands living out these Christmas moments present in each and every way possible.
Our family’s routine typically includes being with my family or Steve’s family, seeing both is an impossibility as they’re separated by Read More
Three weeks ago I was able to enjoy an extended visit with my family after Thanksgiving. Late one afternoon, my stepmom and I set to work decorating her and Dad’s Christmas tree. We poured fresh cups of coffee, queued the Christmas music and started pulling ornaments out of tote boxes hauled up from the basement. As we opened one particular box, my breath caught a bit at a collection of Christmas treasures beaming up at me in all their dusty glory.
Christmas Treasures Past
Vintage anything has long been a favorite of mine. But when the vintage comes with your Read More
It’s week four in our Christmas series and we have another fun ornament for you. If you’ve missed the original posts in this series, you can catch up on all of them here. This week we have the Advent peace devotion and Free Nativity Set Christmas Angel for your ornament. You could even make a whole host of them if you like!
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There are three Christmas treats our kids ask for every year – Sugar cookies, Egg Nog and Wassail. For years, I wondered if they just liked saying “wassail”, which I have to admit is kind of fun, but it’s also pretty yummy stuff. If you’re not sure what wassail is, it’s the object of the Christmas classic “Here we come A-wassailing”. If that still doesn’t help, then it’s basically hot spiced apple cider. The biggest difference being that it’s much more fun to say wassail than hot spiced apple cider. This is the second in our little series of inexpensive DIY gifts – Gifts for Giving| Wassail Mix and Ornament Set.
One of our favorite gifts with a bit of character is a recipe of some sort in a fabric gift bag. These bags are so Read More
It’s our third week of advent devotions and a new ornament today! If you’ve missed the original posts in this series, you can catch up on all of them here. This week we have the Advent joy devotion and free nativity ornament, which happens to be a few shepherds. I love the childlike whimsical look of these ornaments and, as one reader described, their cheeky little grins are a bit endearing.
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