Glitter. Woodland creatures. Christmas music 24/7 (despite the husband’s attempt to continually turn it off). Christmas is my THING. I mean I love Fall, but I REALLY love Christmas. Fall is like a warm up for Christmas at my house, and I tend to go ALL out.
I grew up making lots of family memories during Christmastime, and I want Jack to grow up knowing the same. However, though it’s certainly easy to get caught up in all of the holiday traditions and the warm and fuzzy-ness of the season (which in my book is totally okay to an extent…), I also want Jack to grow up knowing the true meaning and reason behind Christmas and what we’re really celebrating. JESUS.
Yes, God gives us SO many blessings, countless blessings in fact, and Christmas is a great time to celebrate all of those things. But he also gave us Jesus, which is the biggest blessing of all. As a parent, I want to be vigilant at setting the tone for Christmas.
While it’s fun to enjoy the sentiments of the season, I want to find ways to continually remember the simple, beautiful and unbelievably true and sovereign story of Jesus’ birth. I want to find ways to dial down the commercial Christmas (which we all know and love) and find ways to fill our home with advent and scripture, prayer and thanksgiving, reverence and awe. I want to spend time with Jack talking about Jesus and how he, above any toy or material desire that he has or will have in this life, is and will be the most precious and miraculous thing he will ever know. Santa schmanta, he’s cute and all, but JESUS… he’s it.
O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
‘Til He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
Enjoy a few photos (most of them courtesy of none other than the amaze Kristen Dee Photography) of our home during our first Christmas as a a family of 5!
We’ve started a new tradition this year – buying a unique frame ornament to hold that year’s Christmas card photo!
I realize Jack’s only 7 months old, but I still went a little overboard with the Christmas books this year. Reading Christmas stories was one of my favorite memories growing up. Jack and I are anxiously waiting on our latest Amazon book order… Trent, I promise I’ll stop. At some point…
Love my new sign from Little Branches!
Our Santa cookie jar WILL get filled with cookies and goodies!
Had to find a way to add a little Christmas cheer in Trent’s office.
Growing up, my family’s tradition was to make chili every Christmas eve. Trent and I have altered this tradition for our home and we make “faux” Pho every year on Christmas eve!
Jack Jack. The best gift of all this year. Or ever.
You will notice Henry did not make this post. Bless his little heart, but he can’t handle all of the excitement.
Be sure to check out the other bloggers that are participating in this year’s Holiday Home Tour hosted by the wonderful The Avery Grace!
Laura Cadenhead- The Avery Grace-http://www.
Heather- Design Roots http://www.designroots.com
Kate Jolliffe-The Everyday Hostesshttp://www.theeverydayhostess.
Angela Parks- Call me Ang http://www.callmeang.com
Amber Hill- Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds http://www.
Briley Studdard-Oh Deery Floral http://www.ohdeery.com/
Brittany Whitacre- Life as a Mrs http://www.brittanywhitacre.
Amy Beth Stadelman- ABS Home Styling-http://www.abstadelman.wix.