Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and we are excited! We wanted to share some of our favorite traditions with you all, as we prepare for Christmas Day.
1. We read The Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve night.
This has been a tradition since the oldest Lumber was a tiny tot. We make it a point to make popcorn or hot chocolate and read this classic story together. If you’d like to own a copy of this beautiful book, you can get one here.
2. Ride around and look at Christmas decorations and lights
Get some hot chocolate and ride around your town looking at the Christmas decorations. This cute set up was spotted while we were headed to see The Nutcracker.
And you never know, you just might find a cute photo op (if your kids will cooperate, that is).
3. Get your elf on
We have a blast with our elves on the shelf. You could always read the Elf on the Shelf book or watch the movie. If you don’t have them, you can get them here.
4. Turn off all the lights and simply enjoy your Christmas tree
This is one of my favorite things to do, and it doesn’t have to be Christmas Eve. Just enjoy the peace and quiet and bask in the soft glow of the lights. This leads me to my next thing.
5. Read the Christmas story in Luke.
This is my favorite tradition. There is no Christmas without Jesus, and He is definitely the most important part of the Christmas season.
What are some of your family’s traditions?
We will resume regular schedule on December 26. Have a wonderful Christmas Day!
The Christmas season is upon us, and we are doing well. We have made some wonderful memories and have spent lots of time together as a family.
Our Christmas pictures were beautiful and I couldn’t be happier with them!
Photos by Hildaberry Creatives
My oldest lumber child and I went with some friends to see The Nutcracker. It was a blast and we loved it! We also got to take pictures with the stars of the show.
We also took random pictures at our town Christmas tree. These could have been good pictures, but the littlest lumber wasn’t having it.
This one is kind of funny though.
Our Christmas season has had some rough moments. Our sweet yellow lab mix passed away last week. We had him for 13 years and all four of us miss him terribly. Despite how much we miss him, we are in no way ready for a new pupper. Please keep my family in your prayers as losing fur babies is tough.
The kitties have been getting some extra love, as they miss him too.
The big day is finally less than a week away! I am trying to finish my Christmas shopping, packing for travels, and cleaning my house. School has been out for a week now for my oldest daughter, and today, my school let out for winter break. Bring on the Christmas movies and sweet girl cuddles, the Christmas gifts and the downtime!!
It’s been a long time since I did a “Five Friday Favorites” post, so I am going to share a Christmas themed Five Friday Favorites with you today. I hope you will enjoy these and even comment with a few of your own favorites.
I don’t often wear leggings, but these adorable and cheap leggings from Walmart are some of the comfiest things I’ve encountered in a long time. I bought mine for a little over $5- there are certainly more expensive options, but as little as I wear them, the cheaper option works just fine. You really ought to check them out!
3. Christmas movies: Home Alone
Does this movie ever get old? Not in my house, where we watch it several times during the Christmas season. My children love it as much as I do, and they have a blast laughing at it and even quoting the lines. Do you have a favorite Christmas movie in your home?
4. Christmas traditions: baking and decorating cookies
In our house, we have many favorite Christmas traditions, but baking and decorating cookies is a big one. My girls are now old enough to help mix the dough, roll it out and cut it out. We enjoy the bonding time, but we also enjoy the tasty cookies. Maybe someday I’ll even share my recipes.
5. Christmas song: “The Christmas Waltz” by Karen Carpenter
It isn’t even Christmas time in my opinion until I hear this song. And what’s more fun than belting it out while you’re decking the halls? Or wrapping presents? Try it- it’s fun!!
What are some of your Christmas favorites? Check us out next week for some final Christmas fun 🙂
It’s that time again…Thanksgiving came late this year and Christmas is coming early…or so it seems. I feel like I have scrambled to get our home decorated for Christmas this year, and as a result, there are some things I did rather quickly and not as well as I’d like.
This is our home from the outside- we typically do candles in the windows and wreaths on the outside of the windows. We did that again this year. I’ll show you our Christmas porches later this week.
This lovely vignette is on our entry table, right inside the front door.
The faux fireplace is new to our home this year, as my husband and I built it last fall. I was so excited to be able to decorate it for Christmas. I absolutely love how the decor turned out. We’ve got a lantern, tiny zinc houses with LED lights in them, red berry stems and bottle brush trees.
I’m in love with this mantle. I just stare at it sometimes. Those needlepoint stockings are from LL Bean and we’ve had them for years. See those poinsettia pillows in the chairs? I made them from placemats.
Our main tree, which is decked out in red and gold, also lives in the living room.
We also have these super cute Christmas pillows.
On our sewing table, there are more red berry stems, more bottle brush trees, and the yo-yo Christmas tree picture my grandmother made for me.
In our dining room, we have the music tree. This tree features music themed ornaments, and some of them were used by my parents on our childhood Christmas tree. It has sentimental value and I love it.
Our table features a simple red plaid table cloth and a long wood box with candles and Christmas balls. The serving window features a candelabra with Christmas tapers. See if you can spot Santa in the middle.
A matching candelabra can be found on our side hutch. A Christmas tree tea light holder, a Christmas sleigh photo and a bowl of ornaments are also present.
The family room was an office up until a few weeks ago. We never used it, so we decided to make it a space we can all enjoy. Our family Christmas tree is in here- it has personal ornaments and souvenir ornaments from our family vacations on it.
Also, on our piano, you will find the manger my grandfather built for me and the nativity set my grandmother gave me. We also display an LED house and a Lenox serving plate here as well.
We decorated the tv stand with more candles and these empty chair ornaments. I ordered the empty chairs in honor of my dad and grandpa from a good friend of mine.
Our pipe shelves in our hall bath got a little holiday treatment as well.
As did the pipe shelves in our master bath.
And you can’t forget the snowmen in our kitchen.
While I was in the kitchen, I spotted our daughters’ elves on the shelf having a coffee date. Those silly elves!
We have this cute little tabletop tree in our master bedroom.
Our youngest daughter has her own little pink and white themed tree.
My oldest daughter has her own tree as well.
Aaaaaand that’s a wrap! Until next year, here’s my beautiful mantle signing off.
I kid, I kid. But, in all seriousness. I hope you have enjoyed our Christmas home tour. Tune in later this week for a Christmas craft and a look at our Christmas table scape. Have a wonderful week.