Though I hadn't planned on doing much decorating this year, somehow we keep doing more and more. A light fixture here, the card tree there, tonight the Nativity. Though I love all the colors, ribbons and being creative - I think I would be just as content with simply the Nativity up. That's what my eye keeps going to, even in a room full of lights and twinkles and ribbons and...
The Reason for the Season.
Yet when I focus on Jesus - His birth, His teachings, His love, His sacrifice - then all those things that bombard me lose their draw. My focus changes.
I don't have the desire to fight traffic and crowds for those perfect gifts... but what I love more than anything is sweet time with my family and friends. This season, this is my priority - for my time to be well spent on the those whom I hold dear. Even with the miles that separate, I hope my family and friends know just how much they mean to me.
Relationships. Encouragement. Love.
Remembering our Savior, and celebrating His birth.
Humming my favorite carols...
"O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel."
... and rejoicing this Christmas.
A couple of Chelsea's ornaments
He's a professional you know...
Last year's 'after Christmas' super cheap poinsettas.
They don't like to have their picture taken.
My cozy evening. I am thankful.