it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas — finally

I decided this weekend that it was finally time to do something about Christmas — you know, since it’s less than two weeks away.  Anyway, here are a few of the highlights.

This is our mantle — eventually, it will have a few stockings hung up with care, but really, we have way too many for them all to be hung.

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ImageThis is our family room tree.  It’s the tree for all of the ornaments the kids have collected over the years.  It’s hard to believe that pretty soon many of the ornaments will be hanging on other trees.

ImageThis is the tree in our living room.  It’s been unofficially labeled my tree because I’ve made most of the ornaments on the tree.  It’s simple and understated.  What I’d like to be — one day.

ImageThis year I added a new ornament.  I’m really pleased with the way they turned out.

I also added a new sign to our front window this year.
ImageIt’s a great reminder for me to stay happy this time of year and not get bogged down in the details and the hustle and bustle.

Oh, and I have to show off my birthday present.  We finally put it up this weekend and even threw on some lights.  It was worth the wait.

ImageBy far, my favorite Christmas decorations are the nativities.  That’s what Christmas is all about after all.  This is the one in our living room.  I made it oh so many years ago when I was on my mission teaching others about the life and ministry of this tiny babe of Bethlehem.

ImageAnd here’s the nativity from our family room.  Whenever I look at it, it’s as though I am transported back to that first Christmas night.  I can almost hear the angels singing.

ImageGlory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.  Merry Christmas.

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