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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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why Christian couples should celebrate Valentines day.

V-DAYi’ve been asking some of my Christian friends what they are doing for V-day.  some of them scoff. some of them say they should do something or wish that their husband would do something but probably won’t.  some of them say something pious like “o, Valentines day is just a consumerist-ic holiday so we don’t buy into it.”

in a way a few of them even tried to make me feel guilty for being excited about the holiday when I’m a Christian and supposedly “above” the worldly holiday…or something like that. geez, we’re a cynical bunch. and that makes me so sad.

i’m wondering though. why DON’T Christians in general celebrate it?

i mean, i know it’s a made up holiday that really gets pushed by Hallmark… but it’s a holiday about love. what’s not to celebrate about that?!

how did holidays come into being anyway? think of the historic Jewish Passover… it’s a “holiday” that God required the Jewish people to celebrate. it remembers what God did to rescue the Israelites when they were in Egypt.  holidays in general- are days that we remember something that has happened. having that holiday every year helps to remember what has happened, remember who God is and how God provided and be encouraged by it.

think about it… Christmas and Easter. Christian holidays that remember Christ’s birth and Christs death. they’ve been totally commercialized but as a Christian we REMEMBER who the holiday is about and we celebrate him. this provides joy and bolsters our faith throughout the year. we have these times throughout the year that we can celebrate  and remember a certain event, how God’s been good and faithful.

well, I’m here today to argue that even though Valentines isn’t a Christian holiday- it still can be good. it IS  good to remember to celebrate your relationships. to celebrate the love in your life. especially in a society where marriages seem to just fade away and fall apart all around us. shouldn’t we take every opportunity to celebrate our love?  to THANK GOD for our loved ones? to remember how awesome our spouse is? to remember the days when life was a little more romantic and maybe recreate some of that?

Happy Valentines Day, my friends.

love, kimberly renee

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