…family time this week, so I may not post much for the next week or so. I’ve a got a sewing day planned with my daughters and sisters, our son’s 20th birthday to celebrate, crafts to finish, sugared walnuts to make, stories to read, games to play, cooking to do, gifts to wrap, and other preparations to make for Christmas. Wishing your family a blessed Christmas filled with many moments to hold close to your heart in the future.
One that I will treasure from this morning: the happy chaos that comes from three teenagers jamming on three guitars all at the same time, while another helped me with a sewing project, and several other kids gathered in the kitchen to make peanut butter cookies. The noise. The life. The memories to cherish. We are blessed.
Glorious now, see Him arise
King and God and Sacrifice
Would you like to make some of your Christmas gifts this year? What about some of your Christmas decor? For me, the key to Christmas crafting is planning ahead. I look for projects that are easy and affordable, and ideally ones that use some items that I already have at home. Here are a few of the ideas I bookmarked to try this year.
These little gift labels look incredibly easy, and would add such a sweet touch to a special gift.
I bet these cinnamon stick candles would smell wonderful.
Here’s a super easy use for ornaments.
This idea makes me wish I’d looked for old Scrabble games at yard sales this summer. You could also spell people’s names for personalized ornaments or gift tags.
This is such an easy way to jazz up a little girl’s shirt for Christmas. I would definitely find some sparkly rickrack.
Aren’t these little paper trees just adorable?
What crafts are you thinking of doing this holiday season?
Looking for a fun and affordable Christmas gift for a sister or a friend? Right now amazon has A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family bargain-priced at $5.85. I’m not sure how long the sale lasts– amazon doesn’t tell authors things like that. But if you enjoyed the book yourself and want to pick up a copy for a friend, now’s the time to grab it while the deal is smoking hot!
First tutu for a little niece. Smiles all around the room at the sight of her delight.
First phone for my handsome 16 year old. (Driver’s ed starts in 2 weeks, and involves getting up at 5 am for a month. Will we survive?)
Kitties playing in gift wrap
My dad getting his favorite shirt. Again.
Oma (my momma) recording the moments
Impromptu guitar lessons for 2 cousins who are new guitar owners.
Modeling Christmas bathrobes– ain’t we swanky?
My girl playing with her baby cousin. In a week she’s heading off to Chile for a semester as an exchange student– what an adventure! — but for now she’s still here with us.
Little girls playing dress-up with a great-aunt’s goodies.
Grandma with most of her grandkids.
John and me with all our children. Priceless moments, precious gift.
Here’s hoping your Christmas was as blessing-filled as ours!
Look to the skies, there’s a celebration
Lift up your heads, join the angel song
For our Creator becomes our Savior
As a baby born!
Angels, amazed, bow in adoration
‘Glory to God in the highest heaven!’
Send the good news out to every nation
For our hope has come
Worship the King – come, see His brightness
Worship the King, His wonders tell
Jesus our King is born today
We welcome You, Emmanuel
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God
Father for ever, the Prince of Peace
There’ll be no end to Your rule of justice
For it shall increase
Light of Your face, come to pierce our darkness
Joy of Your heart come to chase our gloom
Star of the morning, a new day dawning
Make our hearts Your home
Quietly He came as a helpless baby
One day in power He will come again
Swift through the skies He will burst with splendour
On the earth to reign
Jesus, I bow at Your manger lowly
Now in my life let Your will be done
Live in my flesh by Your Spirit holy
Till Your kingdom comes
I’m declaring it Christmas break on the blog. There’s lots of good stuff in the archives if you’re looking for something to read– just click on the tabs at the top of the page. Enjoy your celebrations and all your special time with loved ones. Merry Christmas!
PS–There’s still time to donate to the well project! We’re up to $3457 and it’s not too late to chip in if you’d like to be a part of supplying water to a needy community.