I feel kind of like this during the holidays.
So, yes. Christmas is my favorite holiday! It also happens to be the time of year to celebrate my daughter’s birthday (a few days after Christmas) and our wedding anniversary. It’s just a really special time of year for us as a family.
I love it all…
The twinkle lights, poinsettias, nativities, ornaments, stockings…it’s my favorite. Here’s a roundup of some great inspiration on Christmas decorating!
This is the first year we’ve had Amazon Prime music, so it’ll be great to test that out. Otherwise, we listen to some of our favorite Christmas albums and several different mixes on Pandora.
One of my favorites is Steven Curtis Chapman’s The Music of Christmas. He’s so good at writing songs with wonderful orchestration for the season! I think his Christmas music is his best.
I love Christmas movies so much that I’m always a little sad every year that I couldn’t fit them ALL in. I like funny ones, classic ones, and romantic ones.
On my list of favorites are Family Man, Christmas Vacation, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Holiday, White Christmas, Hallmark movies, A Christmas Story, Scrooged, Elf, Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street (I prefer the original), While You Were Sleeping, and all the others that I’m forgetting. My husband also adds Die Hard as a favorite Christmas movie. Don’t spread this around, or your husbands will also decide to start watching Die Hard every year.
I don’t know if you saw yesterday’s meal planning post, but I’m not a huge fan of cooking. I desperately wish I was! But regardless of how we feel about making it, we all enjoy eating the food inspired by Christmas. I’ll be pinning some amazing things soon, but not before Halloween because I have standards. And discipline. And forbearance.
Until the day comes when I can include my board right here, you’re getting this picture. I’m dreaming of cranberries, gingerbread, glazed ham, sugar cookies, peppermint and chocolate, and chestnuts…roasting on an open fire.
The Story of Jesus’ Birth
Of all the Christian holidays, I love the story of Jesus’ birth the most. I realize that as a believer, Easter has the most significance, but as far as a story I treasure, it’s the one with a pregnant newlywed looking for a place to have her baby. It’s the one of divine royalty breaking through from heaven in a humble way to bless the least of us. It’s the one of gleaming angels appearing in the sky, of a new star that glimmered like a spotlight on Jesus, of a virgin birth and a crib made from a feeding trough. This is grace, this is a miracle in human form, this is joyful, magical redemption.
The North Pole
Well, I couldn’t write “The Santa,” now could I? Early on in my life as a mom, I wasn’t sure whether to include Santa in our Christmas traditions, but now Ry and I LOVE passing along the fun we had as kids to our little ones. Last year, it was so sweet seeing Kai light up at the presents from Santa under the tree. I can’t wait to see what Sylvie thinks this year.
I love a good old-fashioned white Christmas! We’ve been able to have several here in Iowa, and they are unforgettable. Here we are, enjoying a white Christmas as a family of three (I was nine months pregnant with Sylvie).
The Gift Shopping + Receiving
I LOVE shopping for Christmas gifts. I especially love it if I can buy them early…like in July early. It’s just so much fun to look for something that will delight the people in my life. (Especially if I can grab it on sale.) 😀
And I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I do love opening gifts too. It doesn’t matter what the gift is, I just love the thought behind it, and being surprised, and having a physical reminder of my family and friends.
We’ve been a family of four for all of two years now (almost), but we already have some traditions that I love. One of them is opening new pajamas on Christmas Eve. We also go to the candlelight Christmas Eve service at our church (or another church if we’re away from home). We read the story of Jesus’ birth on Christmas Eve. We set out milk and cookies for Santa. We have a special breakfast after opening presents at the crack of dawn.
I’d LOVE to hear about your traditions! We’re up for a few new ones. 🙂
Ummm…so I just talked a ton about Christmas. Is anyone surprised? I’m so excited to read everyone else’s thoughts about favorite holidays today. Ho, ho, ho and Happy Halloween!