Christmas open house

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welcome to our Christmas open house!

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i’m so glad you’re here. feel free to come on in, grab a cup of  mulled spiced cider and have a look around.

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we had a open house for our church last weekend. a lot of people couldn’t make it. so i thought i’d share some photos of how our house is decorated for Christmas for all those who couldn’t make it. and of course, you gotta have some Christmas music on in the background.

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

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Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

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Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n 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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this little angle painting is still one of my favorites. and this nativity came home with me from Mexico last Christmas!

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our pretty little table looked pretty bare at the beginning. but everyone brought cookies to share. christmas open house4

and i had a little bit of japan on the table from my adventures this past year there.

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for those who didn’t want cider, i froze  some cranberries in the ice cube tray to add some color to the water. i thought it was pretty. i’m pretty sure most people thought i was weird. haha.

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this is one of my favorite prints that i bring out every Christmas. it’s from Lindsay Letters . oh, her prints are just gorgeous.

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and this “Names of God banner” that hangs on our tree is from Lemonade Makin Mama.  i got it this fall for our first Christmas in our new house. i just LOVE it. i want to always be reminded the reason for the season. i want God to be proclaimed louder in our house then anything else every Christmas. this seems like just one little way to do that.

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here’s our tree with all the lights sparkling. so much fun!

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one of my dreams for our new house is that everyone who walks through that front door would feel God’s presence in this place. that it would be a place where HE alone is glorified. decorating for Christmas is fun and all, but my main goal was to make the home welcoming and cozy and peaceful for all who walked in.

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and it seems i hang wreaths everywhere to do that. ha! the yarn ball/ornament wreath is a project i did a couple years ago based on this tutorial.  it’s so quirky because i made is too bottom heavy instead of even all around. but i still love it.

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and i LOVE boxwood. i would have boxwood wreaths in every room if i could. so i usually get a bunch of clippings when we get our christmas tree and make my own tiny wreaths. but this year, Husbuddy let me get a big wreath! i was so excited. i hope it never dies.

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and as you can see, this is what the table looked like when everyone was gone. oh.my.goodness. everyone brought cookies but it would seem that no one ate any! you all better take some for the road!

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thanks for stopping  by and visiting our open house. in no way is our house perfectly put together. i still have hopes of making Christmas stockings and getting an advent calendar and all the little details that we’d have at our homes growing up for the holidays. but it takes time and we are slowly putting together our traditions as a little family. i am SO excited to share these traditions with baby girl soon!  i hope that you felt inspired and loved through this visit. i hope that we all prepare room in our hearts for The coming King.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come:
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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7 Responses to Christmas open house

  1. mandi pool December 13, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Super cute and homey 🙂 glad youve made it a place of your own! Baby comes soon!!

    • kimberly December 15, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      thanks Mandi! 🙂

  2. Sherri Brown December 13, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Hi Kim,

    Thank you for all the lovely reminders. I love to do crafts and used to do them and be the super mom/homemaker. That has kind of fallen by the wayside in the busyness of my life/business. This week we were unable to teach because of the ice that is coating our beautiful property and so I’ve had more time to work inside. I think it has been a helpful reminder (as well as the poem you passed along last week) of what is important! Not crafts, but our Heavenly Father and enjoying all the blessings that he’s bestowed on us.

    Thank you again!
    Sherri

  3. wesley h. gallagher @ the way home December 14, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    I want this to be my home!

    • kimberly December 15, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      come on over anytime Wesley! 🙂

  4. Claire @ Lemon Jelly Cake December 16, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    I like your cranberry ice cubes! Very festive. 🙂

    • kimberly December 16, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      thanks Claire! 🙂

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