My house is decorated and I'm 80% done with making my gifts.
Here is my 'welcome' on my front door ---
Close -ups ---
I have been trying to do a decorative dish towel for the kitchen for the different seasons. This is the one I chose for this Christmas.
We have decided that this year and every year following, we will be making a conscious effort to put Christ back into our Christmas. For the past several years, we have 'catered' to the members of the family that aren't active in any church. But this year, as the grand-kids are getting older, I feel very strongly that they need to know how we feel and what we believe. We are having Santa come and bring gifts -- HOWEVER-- he will be telling us a story about why Santa believes in Christ. I'm praying the evening will be a success and no one is offended.
This simple, but beautiful pewter nativity was a gift from friends a couple of years ago. It is one of my favorites!!
You can't see the manger in this picture, but it was my husband's mothers and we were able to find a nativity that fits perfectly. It sits in the entry.
I worry about my tree every year. My husband and I discuss the size of the tree, (he likes big and bushy and I like tall and thin) what color of lights (I want white and he wants colors) and always the ornaments (he would be happy with red and green every year and I want either a theme tree or different every year). But since we are having the family party at out house he won the size of the tree and since the tree is pre-lit; we settled on our artificial tree and I went out and bought new ornaments and ribbon garland. It looks better in real life and with the lights on -- but I like it.
A few more items to make and then comes the wrapping...............