Monday, December 29, 2014

Ending at the beginning.

Welcome back friends! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season, full of time to relax and refresh amidst the hustle and bustle. 

This month I have decided to do a little Advent styled countdown to Christmas full of Christmas-y things we love. The list continues...


The annual Christmas Party that our friends host.  Props to them, for all of the fun props...


Our jammied car rides, looking at lights.
This year we found a few houses that have their lights set to music. We all loved those the most!

Christmas cards, we love them!

The Buckman's annual Christmas party. 
Bryan's parents and their best friends since high school have a family party every year. It started with four friends many years ago, and now looks like this...

This year, there was a contest for "Best Olaf". We had two teams, Elsa's and Anna's, and the two teams were given the supplies they needed and timed to make their Best Olaf. It was tons of fun!

Reading Christmas books.
Every year we go to the library and check out a whole bunch of Christmas books to read throughout the month.

 Gingerbread house making!

Christmas Eve breakfast with friends.
This year a bunch of friends gathered (kid free) for breakfast together on Christmas Eve morning. It was such a nice (and quiet) time to relax and enjoy friendship!

Christmas Day!

This year Bryan was on shift on Christmas Eve. My parents came over that afternoon and spent the night, and then we all celebrated in the morning on Christmas Day, when Bryan got home. 

"Merry Christmas pets"...

Hooray for Christmas presents from my sister's family in Denmark!

Christmas afternoon, we went to Bryan's parents house to rock Christmas with his family.

It was a wonderful day. Of course we all enjoyed giving and receiving presents, but also truly enjoyed the time we spent with our family. We are so very blessed.

And now... we end at the beginning of it all. When The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.

The Christmas Story!

Luke 2:1-20

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

And that's the end of it, friends! 
Happy New Year to you and yours!