11/30/12

let the season begin.

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The most magical time of the year has arrived. We dusted off the Christmas boxes, carefully unpackaged the delicate ornaments and searched for the perfect tree. Two trees to be exact.

The children's excitement is a constant reminder that the spirit of Christmas is what we choose to make it. We make it about love and sharing. We make it about caring for others and reaching out that helping hand. We make it about family and spending time with one another. Grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles. It is so easy to get lost in the sea of materialism that surrounds the holidays. Every day I strive and pray that we may stay on course.

To help us stay on course we focus our energey on those in need. Every year we take a couple stockings from Jon's church that are to be filled with children who have fallen into the system. Children who most likely will not receive gifts. We make sure to stuff as much into those stockings (bags, actually) as possible. And from my church we take two tags from the giving tree. Each tag lists a person and something(s) they need. It's not much, but it's something we are able to do each year.

What makes your holiday season special?
What do you do to reach out and help others?
How do you keep the spirit of Christmas alive?

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We've got another busy weekend on our hands, but I'm looking forward to hanging out with my little ones and getting my hands glittery with crafts. We have our advent calendar to make, a bit late, but it will be up by Sunday. We have a Christmas movie night with friends, a brunch with Santa, a baby shower, soccer games, caroling with cub scouts and, hopefully, a relaxing family dinner on Sunday.

Happy Weekend friends! Hope it's relaxing.

Sorry I wasn't around much this week. It was a bit crazy and I fell behind. I've got lots lined up for next week. The boys room tour, my first post on Babiekins Magazine blog and an awesome GIVEAWAY on Monday ;)

7 comments:

  1. Lovely photos! I really love your boots! I haven't quite gotten into the holiday spirit yet...I am hoping by this weekend to start some fun glittery crafts and start figuring our our Christmas card.

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  2. I think it's really neat that you participate in activities with both your and Jon's churches -- There are many couples who would have an incredibly hard time making that work, and, if it's possible, it brings me to a new level of respect for you!

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  3. What a beautiful space I have stumbled across here! Looking forward to making a cup of tea and having a lovely little potter about (your newest follower). Your christmas pictures made me all excited. So lovely! We are off to shop for our tree today and then a lazy lunch where we will chat about the crafty plans we have, presents to buy and give and how we can help out others less fortunate at this time. Thanks for a very important and timely reminder that this really is a time of giving and helping. Hope your week is a lovely one.
    Steph :) x
    thisbrownwren.blogspot.com

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  4. You have such a beautiful spirit ♥ I think it's wonderful that you do so much.

    Also, those first two pictures are just so perfectly "December", I love them.

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  5. Pretty wreath and boots! That's great that your church does that - what a special thing to do for the holidays :)

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  6. It is so magical!
    You are adorable–as usual. Love the wreath!

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  7. Beautiful wreath and decor! It looks so festive and warm! :)

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