Decorating for Christmas was especially fun this year. This is our first year as a married couple and this is our first year hosting Christmas for my family. We have all the festive touches including two trees, decorated with ornaments from both mine and Ryan’s childhood.
Lots of JOY. This includes ornaments and many many other decorations. Ryan said that he expected me to have some JOY things but he never expected quite so many. Just from where I sit in our living room I can see 14 different JOY decorations. My name is very popular during this season.
And the anticipation wouldn’t be complete without advent. This is one of our favorite wedding gifts. Our advent wreath. We enjoy lighting it every night when we read the Bible and our devotionals geared towards remembering Jesus, the true reason for the season.
This is my favorite nativity scene. Ryan set it up with lights above it. These figures are from my Auntie Dora who was a sweet family friend. We have multiple decorations from her but this set is by far my favorite.
And finally Christmas needs a basketful of seasonal stuffed animals. When I was growing up, these use to decorate my bed during the season. But now, just like the wreath, every time I see them I smile. Of course, this year the basket wouldn’t be complete without a couple of kangaroos:-)