Sunday, December 26, 2010

A "Almost" White Christmas

I have never seen a white Christmas. Here in the south where I live snow is a very rare event. But we almost had a white Christmas this year!  It began snowing in the wee hours of the morning this morning and we woke up with a beautiful blanket of snow on the ground.
My youngest child getting hit with a snowball
The snow fell steadily until about 1 this afternoon and then we had some flurries even during the late afternoon today.  It was just perfect! Here is a picture of me and our 3 sons after they plopped snowballs on the top of my head!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Family Christmas Traditions

When our first child was born, we started a tradition of buying a special ornament each year for her. As we began decorating the tree, the first ornament that went up was the new one. We made a big deal out of presenting the special ornament. She liked ballerinas so every year she gets a special ballerina ornament.

This tradition has carried on as we had more children.
My oldest son loved trains, so each year he gets a train ornament.

My middle child used to like cats, but now she likes owls so she has a owl & pussycat theme for her ornaments.

Our next son has quite a collection of adorable Christmas bears.

Our youngest child gets the cute snowmen!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Traditions

The first day of December has arrived, rather quickly I might add. Didn't we just pack up Christmas decorations from 2009? Time does have a way of flying by quickly, especially the older we get! But, here we are full swing into Christmas of 2010. We have our tree up and our outside decorations up and a candle in every window.
Yet I haven't wrapped the first gift.
They are all hidden in the secret hiding place for gifts, waiting to be wrapped. Shhhh! Don't tell my children or they will be searching all over the house for my secret hiding place. Anyway, I have been thinking about Christmas traditions.There are certain things that we do year after year that help to make the Christmas season special. I will attempt to share some of these traditions as we go through the month of December. But first, I would like to encourage you to read this book by Noel Piper called Treasuring God in Our Traditions. You can even read it right now, FREE and online by heading over to Desiring and look at online books or click HERE. I think this book is thought provoking and helpful as we consider the traditions that we develop and how to make sure they are God centered.