Decorating for Christmas

Decorating with Isaac

Today we decorated for Christmas. Where was my camera? I don’t know. Do you ever find that you’re so busy in the moment that you don’t capture the moment? Yep, that was us today. It’s good to be that way sometimes.

But tonight, with the tots watching that classic Rudolf movie, I played with Isaac by the tree. All the lights were off except the tree lights. There is something magical about the tree lights.

We read the first chapter of The Advent Jesse Tree and put up our corresponding Jesse Tree ornament.

Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

As I was looking up my Jesse Tree post, I stumbled across The Perfect Un-Perfect Christmas. I’m chuckling to myself. Two years later and I am still good at making unrealistic expectations of myself and I am still working at letting them go. Today is December 5th. Technically we are 5 days behind in our Advent book, but I console myself with the reminder that it isn’t that we read through the book by Christmas but that we prepare our hearts to remember His coming and to learn something about Him.

As for being behind on the chocolate advent calendars – I’m going to catch up on those for the children right now. Shhh. Don’t tell!


  1. Wishing I had a chocolate Advent calendar right now. 😀 I hear you on the feeling like you’re “behind”, but you’re right! It’s just about preparing our hearts–not about being on the perfect schedule. We’ve used that same book and enjoyed it. Last year we used Ann Voskamp’s book and loved it so much we’re doing it again! But we only JUST got our wheat seeds (some of them) planted today–a week late. 🙂

  2. @Brianna – the chocolates were delightful and I’m going to look up the book you mentioned. Our advent one is good but this is our second year with it and I’d like to try something different next year 🙂

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