Glory to the Newborn King

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I love Christmas decorations in my home.

Even when the vision isn’t mine (my roommate, B, gets all the credit this year!), something about the lights and the extra specialness of it all reminds me…

to pause and reflect,

to slow down long enough to enjoy everything this season has to offer,

to find Peace in the inevitable crazy schedule,

to remember the ultimate Giver,

to seek His presence even when it feels like there’s just no time,

and to give glory to the newborn King.

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Hail, the heaven born Prince of Peace
Hail, the Son of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings
Risen with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

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*linking with The Nester’s 2012 Christmas Tour of Homes*

*and to see how we decorated the same space last year, check out this post*

Christmastime is Here

As I mentioned in this post, decorating the house for Christmas has been a process this year. In years past, my roommate and I have tried to set aside a day or two to get all of the decorating done in one fell swoop. This year … not so much.

But I’m learning to embrace The Nester’s motto, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” Finished or not, exactly how I envisioned it in my head or not, more-than-I-care-to-count broken ornaments or not, I so appreciate the beauty in Christmas decor …

The peacefulness of watching a Christmas movie by the light of the Christmas tree.

The happy memories of playing with a wooden nativity set while reciting much of the Christmas story from Luke 2 underneath the Christmas tree with my younger brother.

The moments of stillness experienced from simply enjoying the greens, reds, whites, and silvers.

The accompanying wonder and excitement that remind me of the gift, the miracle, the mystery, of the Incarnation of Christ.

Will you join me in slowing down and soaking in the beauty of this season?

These are all of the fun vintage ornaments we found in my grandparents’ attic over Thanksgiving. My grandfather remembered using them to decorate the tree when he was little. I was SO excited that we were able to use them as a centerpiece on the kitchen table.

We have several Christmas plates, but this little square reindeer plate is by far my favorite. It’s just so sweet and simple.

My crazy talented roommate, B, made both the tree skirt and the stockings this year based on some Pinterest finds we fell head-over-heels in love with. They turned out SO well!

The mantel was a challenge to say the least. My rather vague idea of what I thought I wanted ended up not really working out at all (except for the lanterns), but when I remembered that I had the “love has come to walk among us” poster, it started coming together quite nicely.

I even made a wreath out of some of the tree clippings to hang on the mirror.

I hope the rest of your Christmas season is filled with the love, joy, and peace of Christ, the promised One, Emmanuel, God with us.

To see more Christmas beauty, check out one of the following as well:

The Nester’s 2011 Christmas Tour of Homes

2011 Christmas Home Tours @ The Inspired Room

Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House Party

Kelly’s Korner: Show Us Your Life – Christmas Tour of Homes

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas…

 

Not to mention it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. 

It is cold in these here [southern] parts!

And busy!

 

However, in between:

studying for and completing a Greek exam,

Christmas shopping,

rehearsing for and singing in a powerful and Christ-centered Christmas concert at church,

seeing White Christmas on stage,

baking for and attending a cookie exchange,

tackling the necessities of life (minor details like working and grocery shopping…),

and preparing for the remaining craziness that tends to characterize the month of December,

my roommate and I did manage to spend the Tuesday night after Thanksgiving decorating the house for Christmas.  And by “managing to spend” what I really mean is that we had to plan two weeks in advance to actually both be HOME on that night!

 

But back to the decorating…

Our Christmas decorations tend to lean toward simple and classic with a few elements of whimsy thrown in for good measure.

 

The color scheme was once again red/silver/cream, and I just love it!

The vase filled with tons of mini-ornaments atop this festive table runner serves as the centerpiece for the kitchen table.

We also have several Christmas plates that are placed strategically throughout the kitchen and living room.

 

Speaking of the living room, B’s Willow Tree nativity is highlighted on one side of the room:

 

And the tree is on the opposite side of the room:

 

Somehow, we started collecting bird ornaments, and they provide a fun and modern twist to the whole ensemble.

 

 

But, the mantle is probably one of my favorite parts of the entire living room.

 

(Even if we did forget to find an extension cord for the lights in a timely manner…)

And if you’re interested in seeing even more Christmas decorations (including some incredibly beautiful and creative ideas for future decorating), I highly recommend checking out one – or both – of the following:

The Nester’s Christmas Tour of Homes 2010

Kelly’s Korner: Show Us Your Life – Christmas Tour of Homes

A Bird’s Nest

A few weeks ago, I started hearing birds chirping as I was getting ready for work in the mornings.  The chirping was so loud that I thought there might be birds in the attic, but I only noticed it in the mornings, so I didn’t give it much further thought.

Several days after the chirping began, my roommate informed me that there was a nest in the wreath (which may or may not be a leftover Christmas wreath…) on the front door.

 

Much to the disapproval of the momma bird (who sat in the tree right outside the front door and fussed the entire time), I looked in the nest and found these…

 Two eggs!

After a few days of warily walking out my front door to check the mail for fear that the momma bird would either (a) fly into the house or (b) peck me to death for disturbing her carefully crafted nest, I looked again and there were six eggs.

I was starting to get concerned that the eggs hadn’t hatched yet, but tonight I found these…

 Baby birds! 

And they’re so ugly they’re almost cute.