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Holiday Cheer

December 22, 2010

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  Christmas is nearly here.  And our house has celebrated each passing holiday with great cheer!

I quickly realized that if I don’t soon post some pictures of our “holiday house” adorned in its festive glory, you might all miss out.

So, just for a refresher, here’s what the dining room normally looks like:

And when we got ready for Thanksgiving, here’s what it looked like:

And now we’ve switched it up for Christmas.  It’s only fair that I share that it was Chris’ idea to add the gold jingle bells to the table.  Love them!

Yep—we even switched out the curtains for the holidays!  It’s not as beautiful as many of the tables you’ll see, but it’s something that I’m getting better at as the holidays go by.

In addition to the idea for the gold bells, Chris’ other major contribution (okay–not just a contribution since he did it himself) was decorating the outside of our house.  He likes the classic look…all 7 watts that each C9 bulb deliver…I’m very excited for the upcoming power bill.  But seriously, the look he achieves is amazing!  If you look hard, you can see the twinkling lights of our Christmas tree, and the wreath on our front door.

Chris and I have continued each of our family’s tradition of adding a new Christmas ornament each year.  Since we didn’t put up a Christmas tree last year (since we were moving into our new house and in Cancun), this year was the first time that we added our ornament from our trip to Maui in 2008 and our trip to Cancun in 2009.  Of course, we were also thrilled to be able to add the “Our First Home” ornament that Chris’ mom had given us.  My family’s tradition is that the ornament that you buy commemorates a special event or occasion during the year.  So—what would that be for 2010?  Great question!  It SHOULD have been an ornament from Santa Barbara or the Santa Ynez valley for our 5th anniversary—alas, I failed to buy one there so have been desperately looking online to find a solution.  Nothing so far…

The Christmas tree keeps our front windows festive in the family room:

This year Chris also told me that his mom used to have cinnamon pinecones, and asked if we could add some to our holiday décor this year.  My response, “Babe—it’s taken 5 years for you to tell me that you want a $2.50 bag of cinnamon pinecones?”  Obviously, we added our own twist to this one as well, which you can see here:

I love the holiday scent that they bring to the house.

This year we also added a show tree in our bedroom.  It’s covered in white lights and silver ribbon, and has pearl white, silver, and red tiny Christmas balls that all glimmer with joy.  It’s hard to believe that this little 3’ tree, now sitting atop our chest of drawers, was our very first Christmas tree together.  It serves as a sweet reminder of where we have been together, and all the great things that God has in store for us.  If you would have told me in 2005 when we put up this 3’ tree on our end table that by 2010 we would own our own home that could house a 6’ Christmas tree, I never would have believed it.

And speaking of the great things God has in store for us, my Christmas wouldn’t be complete without my beautiful nativity.  Chris’ mom started purchasing this nativity for me in 2005, and purchased a new piece each year. It’s a gift that I really cherish, and I’m so glad to have this as a reminder of what God had in store for us in that tiny baby.

So, as you celebrate Christmas this year, with decorated holiday tables, with lights filling Christmas trees, and with beautiful presents, may you remember:

– The final table Christ sat at before He gave His life for us

-The light that lit the Bethlehem sky to show us where the Light of the World had been born so that we might become lights before men

– That a Christmas present is a small reminder of the greatest present we’ve ever received—salvation

From our home to yours–wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by this little corner of the blog world that we call home, and for your ongoing support and encouragement.  We’re looking forward to a fantastic 2011 filled with great new projects…and we may still have a couple projects left to share before 2010 is over!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Barb Pond permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:37 pm

    Katie–What a beautiful message to get us into the true meaning of Christmas—so excited to have you here for Christmas–Love you both so much—-Barb

  2. December 22, 2010 8:40 pm

    Your house looks beautiful, Katie! I love your ornament tradition. There is something so moving about all of the traditions we take great care in preserving. The memories and reminders that connect us to past generations and future ones as well. Blessings to you and Chris this Christmas.

    • December 23, 2010 9:47 am

      Thanks, Wendy! I couldn’t agree more about preserving the traditions. I love seeing the different stories about what each family cherishes. Of course, it’s especially fun in the first years of marriage when you learn about your spouse’s traditions, and start trying to figure out how to merge the two together.

  3. Jen permalink
    December 22, 2010 9:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing sister. Can’t wait to see you in less than 2 days!!!

  4. Mom permalink
    December 28, 2010 6:45 am

    Hi you two,
    It was great getting to see you in CO over Christmas! I LOVE all the pictures of the house decorated for Christmas, but especially love the message toward the end of this post. Wishing you blessings in the New Year!

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