Well it is that wonderful time of year. There’s decoration, caroling, presents, and warm hot cocoa galore! I know that there are grinches out there that are a downer on the season and yes, I understand those who are opposed to the seasons festivities because they see all of the focus going to spending lots and lots of money, and presents, and selfishness, and all the down sides that come with
holidays that are heavily advertised, and used to make that $$$; but there is the other side of the season, first: the celebration of Jesus Christ coming down to earth to be born in a manger, and to ultimately sacrifice himself for the sinners of this world! You can’t be a downer when the season is focused on this event! Then there’s: family coming together, good food, cozy evenings, the opportunity to share Jesus with those who are celebrating the season instead of the giver of the season.
So in the spirit of the season my family and I put up our few decorations; nativity scene from the Willow Tree Angels (I’m obsessed!), XXL snowflake, advent calendar, reindeer picture, and a few other odds and ends, including my first window painting and of course our Christmas tree will be decorated tonight! Hopefully the christmas tree decorating will be accompanied by christmas music, hot cocoa and everyone getting along hanging decorations on the tree, but as you all know that isn’t always how things go. Thankfully there is grace, love, and the ultimate gift that has been given or else we wouldn’t be as forgiving when things do go wrong.
So far I have so many things planned I don’t know what will actually be accomplished. There’s the usual list of hot cocoa, cookie baking, pie making, ornament kid crafts, gingerbread “nativity scene” this year. Hopefully I will get around to posting this before the season is over. It will definitely depend on how it turns out; even so, I think I’ll post a failed attempt either way. Oh and of course I have found an amazing recipe that I MUST try this year. It’s from Sally’s Baking Addiction, if you have not heard of this amazing lady’s website and recipes, you have now stumbled upon a goldmine. Every recipe that I have ever tried from her website have all been AMAZING. I made a side dish for thanksgiving and my husband asked me if it was one of her recipes and I told him that I had come up with it myself. Jokingly he said, “oh wow, I didn’t think that you could make anything without Sally”. So yes I can, but man oh man I do much better with her recipes around our house.
Anyways the recipe that I am obsessing over this month is her Spiced Gingerbread Loaf. It’s awesome to have a gingerbread house or gingerbread nativity, but to make a gingerbread loaf! I’m drooling just thinking about it…. maybe I’m just a little nuts about the Christmas flavors or something but it sounds just delightful to me.
Back to the reason for the season! The 36th Avenue has a great list of 25 Christmas Traditions that includes a list of scripture. They advise to read by candlelight… I’m on the fence about this one, but that just might be because if I don’t have my glasses on I need perfect lighting to read.
This is the plan that we will be going by this year.
I know that I have gone on a few tangents this time, but with the holiday season buzzing around me it’s so hard to stay focused on one aspect of it… except Christ of course.
What are some ideas you have to keep Christ in Christmas? What have you done so far? Planning, baking, or craft making?