Merry (almost) Christmas


This may be too soon to say, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this will be our favorite Christmas yet. The significance of Jesus being born has been so meaningful for us this past year and the way Ben and I have observed life around us, living post-Christ's birth makes Christmas tunes and the significance of Him coming penetrate our hearts all the more.  

In addition, having a little squishy baby to celebrate with allows our past-conversations about fun future traditions to become very real. Some of those traditions 1.) getting pajamas on Christmas eve.  2) buying ornaments (we're making them this year)  and now with a wee-baby, we've also embraced an approach to gift giving that  I've read on other blogs. This year we decided that we would give and receive three gifts: A want, a need & a surprise. I read of this here, and then another (not quite sure where) linked it to the Gold, incense and myrrh that the wise men brought Jesus. We like that. Its been especially fun and good for my heart to make this a tradition so I don't go crazy on feeling like we're not buying Eowyn enough 'stuff.' That, and we want there to be a distinct Jesus culture since its his birthday.

Ben and I are getting to celebrate Christmas with his sister on actual Christmas day and with my-side of the family over new years, so we decided that this weekend we'd do our own little Christmas as a family. That means tonight is our very own Christmas Eve. There's been a silly giddy excitement about tonight and tomorrow that I think will be extra special and will continue since we'll get to celebrate Christmas all week.

Here's a few of the pictures from this evening.




Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and very festive weekend!

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