Simply merry and bright

2014 ChristmasOur December has been busy. And I am sure you would say the same thing about yours. Lists have been made. Lists have been lost and then remade.  And I now wonder, did I ever finish even one of my list? Does it really matter? Here I sit two days before Christmas feeling tired and like I have not done enough but as I scroll back through the pictures from this month, I know I have. It was the simple things. Not the productions. Christmas to a child is simply merry and bright. This was our first Christmas having a child at the age where they are starting to get it. The twinkle of a strand of lights. Driving past a neighbors home with a blow up Ho-Ho (Santa). One candy cane. Seeing a live camel in “Bethlehem”. An unexpected wrapped gift from a neighbor.  Decorating the tree. Sitting in big church for the first time and hearing the children’s choir. A candle. Adding to her felt advent calendar everyday in anticipation for adding baby Jesus. Learning the words to Away in a Manger and getting excited every time we hear it. Jingle bells. And a small taste of the childhood magic of Santa. I can go on but you know what I mean.

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In these photos I see the simple moments we have had with our children. No, we did not get to all the events on “my list” but we made memories. We created new traditions and continued old traditions. We laughed. We sang. We ate. And the best moments were when we experienced life like a child. Many days I am so busy with my list of “shoulds”, rushing us through the day and then I hear from the back seat, “Look mama, lights!”. Or I see Mary Stewart and Charlie carrying around Mary and Joseph blocks and fighting over who gets to hold baby Jesus. And I have to ask myself, why do they get it and I don’t. They see so simply what is important and I miss it. HE is the reason for the season! I’m worried about how well my house is decorated and if I have the right gifts and not the gift that was born in a lowly manger so long ago. So this week I have been making more of an effort to focus on the real moments. It has not been perfect but it is a start.

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Here are photos from our month. Not all are food. Not all are perfect. But this has been our Christmas month. Be prepared there are a lot. It is hard for me to pick just a few…

Some of the food we made…

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A few of our projects…

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Decorating our tree…

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 Decorations around our house…

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Our family memories…

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And at the end of the day all we really want is joy, love and laughter.

Luke 2:14

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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If you are still with me at this point, wow! Thanks for sticking around and seeing our simply merry and bright moments in December! May we remember to make memories and moments like this throughout the whole year!

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