The Christmas season this year for us was both exhausting and rejuvenating. Peaceful and busy. Fast and slow. We had moments of sickness and periods of health. Togetherness with extended family and time to snuggle up at home, just the four of us, enjoying the wood burning fire and just being. Here are some glimpses of what Christmas was for us this year…
We were gifted a Veggie Tales Nativity scene. It has been very well loved. The kids shriek with delight when it appears each year and the past two years, we’ve had Mary and Joseph journey around the house until Christmas Eve where they join the rest of the Nativity scene to wait for Jesus’ birth. The kids LOVE trying to find them each morning after they realize they’ve moved.
I shopped and shopped for the right Christmas tree topper. Every one I brought home tipped over due to being too heavy. We finally landed on this silver star…which struggles to remain upright too…it is jerry-rigged (who came up with that term?) with a paper binder clip! It reminds me of The Nesting Place quote, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful!”
Making cookies, a small way to let people know how much we love them…I hope they tasted love with each bite. The most requested ones are the Ritz cracker, peanut butter, and dipped chocolate cookies that taste similar to the popular Girl Scout cookie.
One of my favorite ornaments since becoming a mother was gifted to us from Erin, Evan’s daycare provider the first two and a half years of his life. She gave us a clear ornament with his smiling face peeking out. For some reason it made me feel like she treasured Evan just as much as we did. So I decided to share the love and made some for the rest of our family (and our own tree). All you need is:
- Clear plastic ornaments (I found mine at Michael’s–majorly discounted in November and December–I think mine were fifty nine cents each)
- Some Photos you are all right with cutting
- tin foil
- something decorative for the back side of the photo (ribbon, glitter, sparkles, etc.)
- something to tie or hang on the top of the ornament ball
- a cup to trace to make the right size circle
- a pencil or pen and a permanent marker
Trace a circle onto your photo the right size for your ornament ball. You may need to experiment a bit. Once it’s cut out, lay the circle on tin foil and cut a circle out of the foil with a slight edge to bend over the photo. Once the photo and foil are combined, use a permanent marker to write the year the picture was taken on the bottom of the foil side.
Remove the silver hanging part to the ornament. Roll the photo/foil combo into a small tube–small enough to push into the whole at the top of the plastic ornament. As it goes into the ornament, it will start to unroll. Help it gently with the tweezers until it’s standing upright in the center. Once it is secure in it’s position, gently add ribbon or glitter BEHIND the photo (so the side where the foil is). In my experience, when glitter gets on the photo side, the static makes the glitter stick either to the ornament wall or the photo, making the photo difficult to see.
Then put the silver piece back on the ornament ball and add ribbon or anything else your heart desires to the silver piece to make it festive. Wa-la! A very beautiful, personalized gift that did not cost much to make! Whether you gift them or make them for your own family, they are delightful. My goal is to make a new one of these each year so as we gaze at our tree each year, we can see the kids growing up little by little!
It has taken me seven years to make our house a home. Ryan’s encouraged me to “put some stuff up on the walls” and this was the year I finally did it! After being inspired by The Nesting Place and Jen Hatmaker’s feature wall, it became a goal to put one together myself. See Jen
Hatmaker’s here: One Amazing Feature Wall, my words, not hers! I have a few favorites in my feature wall but I absolutely love the twig frame I found at a local store and the barn wood type frame I found at a thrift store and made into a chalkboard…
I haven’t just stuck with the walls, I’m getting better at adding beauty other places…redoing chairs, adding fake flowers…and I’m enjoying it! It makes my soul sing–and I hope others’ souls who visit. And that, my friends, is a glimpse into our Christmas! I hope your soul sung as you celebrated Jesus’ birth too!