From our family to yours. May you be blessed with a wonderful Christmas! And I’m including some other pictures from our little photo shoot(s) on our farm. And this is how they cooperated 🙂 Oh well, love them anyway 🙂
I am sitting alot these days, and it has really made me ponder this busy season. While I do not enjoy this part of pregnancy, I’ve realized there are some aspects that I’m appreciating this year. I am always stressed over Christmas time. There is cookies to bake, Christmas gatherings, Christmas programs, buying gifts, cards to mail, extra school activities, etc. I also feel pressured to be creative with decorating, & gift giving. I am missing some of those things. Others, not so much 🙂
This year, I just don’t care so much. And it’s ok. It’s made me realize that simplicity is perfectly fine. It is freeing.
I do not judge anyone for their Christmas traditions, or the way they celebrate. For us, each year can be a bit different. For this year though, we told the children we are not spending a lot, and we would like to give money where it is really needed. I ordered gifts for 3 of them online on cyber Monday, and dear hubby went and got something for our farm boy 🙂 It was so easy. I dislike shopping, by the way 🙂
It bothers me that children, ours included, seem to feel entitled to gifts at Christmas. I know, it is special, and I know the meaning behind gifts. But they will not make a child happy. Maybe for a little, but then they want something else. You know, this is sadly how I am too sometimes. I’ve noticed that for a day or 2, the Christmas gifts get played with, and it’s nice, but all too soon they are found lying around, not as much fun as they were when they received them.
They will much sooner, treasure the memories of being together, time spent as a family.
However you may choose to celebrate this year, I hope you can find time for each other. And time for those that really need an extra dose of love. And if you can’t do extra things, relax. I promise, Christmas will still come. And it will be just fine 🙂
I love this time of year! The decorations, the cookie baking, the candy making, the gift giving, the family gatherings, Christmas music, etc.
I don’t do much decorating, just a few simple things. I would have to say my favorite thing to do is to bring in the fresh greens. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of my old hutch. I scored it at a sale. Love at first sight and all that 😉 The buffet came from Dale’s Grandma Hurst. It was a bit beat up, so some black paint and new knobs perked it right up. Chair that came from my Grandma. After some paint over the ugly shade of green, I love it! Can you believe my dear, sweet hubby had this gem of an oil can in the trash? I rescued her, and I quite like her on my table 🙂We’ve been baking cookies as well. I had my 2 girls willing to help. When we did these peanut butter cookies last week, it just went pretty smoothly. Tonight we did another batch, and I was saying, “Puh-lease Jenna, go and play!” Ever notice how sometimes you feel more willing to let them help than other times?? 🙂My children LOVE cookie dough! Nothing like a warm cookie 🙂Hubby’s favorite kind..
I hope that with all the busyness and yes, maybe some stress, at this time of year, that we take time to remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas. There are so many things that can pull our attention away from focusing on Christ’s birth. And hopefully we can bless someone this Christmas that is in need of a blessing. I heard a song that said something like if only we had the Christmas spirit all year. Truly, I think we can. And it takes effort 🙂 Tonight I wasn’t focusing on the right things. It may have had something to do with the 3d spill on my newly washed floor. I so often would handle situations better, if my focus was where it should be!
I’ll leave you with the lyrics to a touching song that I love ~
The Christmas Shoes
It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line
Trying to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood
Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously
Pacing ’round like little boys do
And in his hands he held a pair of shoes.
And his clothes were worn and old, he was dirty from head to toe,
And when it came his time to pay
I couldn’t believe what I heard him say.
Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my mama, please
It’s Christmas eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see, she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if mama meets Jesus tonight.
Vs. 2 He counted pennies for what seemed like years
Then the cashier said, “Son, there’s not enough here.”
He searched his pockets frantically
Then he turned and he looked at me
He said Mama made Christmas good at our house
Though most years she just did without
Tell me sir, what am I going to do, somehow I’ve got to buy her these Christmas shoes.
So I laid the money down, I just had to help him out
And I’ll never forget the look on his face when he said
Mama’s gonna look so great.
Bridge: I knew I caught a glimpse of heaven’s love
as he thanked me and ran out
I knew that God had sent that little boy
To remind me what Christmas is all about.
I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight.
– Leonard Ahlstrom & Eddie Carswell
Have a wonderful weekend! Spread that Christmas joy 🙂