I have had all of our Christmas decorations sitting in the living room since before Thanksgiving. A very little bit got done each day, until Thursday. On Thursday I remembered we had Bright's first IEP meeting at our house that evening. Oops! It was a mad dash to get everything unpacked and displayed before the doorbell rang at 7:30! Seriously, we had just enough time to finish and shove some nasty Taco Bell down our throats before they arrived. Ahh....but today....today it all feels worth it. I just love the first few days after our Christmas decorations are up. So magical.
Our "simple nativity" on the entry table, along with what we call the "Jesus Gift" (to remind us that He is the ultimate gift).
Our "Praying Santa" vignette. It's a weird thing, I know, but traditional in our family. [More info here.]
The dining room--same every year with the Nativity Tree.
Our "Jesse Tree" made the move into the classroom this year. It's nice to have a bit of "trim" in there so the children can enjoy it as they study.
My first nativity set--nothing I would ever purchase these days (not unique enough) but it's special because it was my "grown up"nativity, purchased our first year of marriage.
The Ghana nativity is right at home once again on the breakfast bar.
This is one view from the chair I sit in while I work.
This year I finally had to admit to myself that I have more nativities than I have space. I'm down two display areas since last year! Hard to know that I have some nativities that are still in their boxes, but it is what it is. I suppose I can't justify moving to a larger house just so all of my Christmas decorations have a display area (or could I?)!
There is a part of me that says, "You should feel guilty for all of this excess! This isn't what Christmas is about!" There's another part of me that says, "You should display your very best to celebrate the Lord! Enjoy the beauty He has given us!" Ultimately, I don't think there is anything wrong with having pretty things, and putting them out at this most precious time of the year. Do we display these pretty things at the expense of giving to others? Absolutely not. All about perspective, I suppose.