Really! In Phoenix… in December… it snowed only 25 miles from our house! We had rain … but we are not used to harsh conditions where we need closed-toed shoes… and a jacket! I can imagine the sympathy in your heart for us! haha.
December brought out Christmas decorations with a vengeance… lights, wreaths, trees, snowmen, etc. First year EVER… I got the fake tree up with all the silver, blue and white ornaments… on December 1st! A week later, we are still waiting to go buy a tree for all the non-blue ornaments. A few years back, I came to the realization that red is not my favorite color. In fact in the ROYGBIV list… I’m basically loving the rainbow in reverse order. I’m a violet, indigo and blue gal from the boots up. SO…. I went blue Christmas shopping and the blue tree was born. I love it more each year… as the ornaments accumulate. There are a few homemade preschool ornaments that made the cut… we have a popsicle stick Star of David with blue glitter…. and a dough star painted royal blue. Yes, they are on the back, but they did make the cut for MY tree.
I love these stained glass snow flakes. Rick and I bought these in Mexico two years ago at Christmas time. Love them!
This stained glass trio was purchased last Christmas in Bogota, Colombia. Yes, it’s supposed to by Mary, Joseph and the Babe Jesus, but I also like to think of it as Rick, me and our little colombian princess who joined us last Christmas!
Nora has loved the thought of Christmas since her first days in the USA. She arrived to her forever home on December 22nd and it was one big blur of Christmas bliss her first week home! Her eyes sparkled when she saw Grandma’s house all decorated in every corner! A village with ice skaters and lights in the windows… a sleigh full of teddy bears… brass reindeer with ribbons… embroidered Santa pillows…. snowmen that play the piano and sing…. little Christmas mice climbing candles… matching wreaths on the front doors… and Santa himself waving the lantern from the top of the tree…Spendid! All year long she has repeated that Christmas is her favorite! We have stressed over and over that it is our favorite too, because Jesus was born then and THAT is the reason we celebrate.
We are doing the Jesse Advent Tree devotional with the kids. We bought a little tree for the kitchen table that looks pretty lame right now with only five ornaments, but it looks a little better each day as we add to the story of Jesus! We review every night and Nora basically gets it so far…. just a bit off on a few stories! It is a bit alarming that of the first five stories, death is talked about three times! (Adam and Eve’s disobedience, Noah’s neighbors and Abraham starting to sacrifice Isaac!) I never thought of it before, but it’s all part of the story of our salvation!
So thankful for a relaxed Christmas month to share with our little girl!