Friday, December 3, 2010

Having a Merry Christmas

This year will be a very special Christmas. It is Adam and my first Christmas since we were married.  I am  excited that this will be the first holiday that we celebrate with family in our own home.  We are blessed with a whole household of family to share in our merry time. It is going to be a fun, festive and food filled celebration of the birth of our Savior.

I am so happy to say that we are choosing to do a simple Christmas. From the gifts that we share, the foods we eat, and the decorations on our tree, we are doing it all ourselves The best part about making your own gifts and decorations is that they are become an extension of you, and take on such special meaning and are much more valuable. I will be writing about our homemade decorating ventures and will give you some very simple gifts that you can make for your friends and family.

This year is all about being together and sharing our love and talents, not just what we picked up at the store. We are doing away with the commercial Christmas and getting to the root of what the season is really about- a little baby in a manger and celebrating that with family and friends.

If you are looking for ways to make your Christmas better than ever, try a few of these ideas. 

Make Ornaments- I have very happy memories as a kid making homemade ornaments with my mom and sister, and I think about it every time I smell cinnamon ornaments. Its tons of fun, and really easy. The best part, they fill your house with a wonderful aroma.

Bake Cookies- Adults and kids of almost all ages can have a part in the making and decorating of Christmas cookies.

Share with Others- The holidays brings out what we have in our lives- family, friends, shelter, food. Give to someone with less, invite someone who would otherwise be alone on Christmas to your holiday. Not only will they be happy, but so will you.

Memories- Relive special moments of past Christmas by sharing those with your family. If you have a hard time thinking of good holiday memories, make your own!

Read about the Birth of Jesus- Remember the true reason for joy, and spend some time reading about the Lord's birth.

Merry Christmas!


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