Dec 03 2012

Yesterday’s Christmas decorating day did not go as planned; it went better! We still have no tree, no twinkle lights twinkling, and no stockings hung by the chimney with care.  Our Advent House (with 24 little doors) is filled with delightful goodies, and I enjoyed the contagious joy that my 11 year old still has in opening one little door each day.  Our beautiful, carved Nativity from Oberammergau graces the only shelf in the living room that we deemed safe from kitty.  Thus far the decorating had gone more or less as planned. Then we decided to get out glue and glitter and paper and make decorations.  Hours were spent at the kitchen table, listening to Away in a Manger, beautifully harmonized, and Vince Gill crooning about Peace on Earth.  We laughed and chatted and enjoyed quiet crafting.  We may not have gotten all the decorations up, but I think we were decorating our hearts with the Spirit of Christmas.  We remembered the children’s sermon about the Advent wreath at Church that morning and talked about the candle of Hope.  We decided to decorate our wreath with the words Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  Our home may not look very ready for Christmas, but I know that our hearts lived out Advent in a beautiful way.  Hearts focused on Jesus shine brighter than twinkle lights galore.

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