smallerbutton.jpgWelcome to Christmas at our house. It’s a little crazy in our house this time of year. But we make time for what matters (though Big Daddy and I might disagree on labeling a wreath as something that ‘matters.’) and we’re really getting into the spirit of things around here.

Now, we do things a little differently in my house (Big Daddy and I will agree on that! — he raises an eyebrow at some of the things I do) but I’m sure you’ll find it all works together wonderfully for its purpose. 🙂

First off, we decorate a little at a time, throughout the entire month. The first thing we did this year was our tree — of course! Every year on December 1st, we pull out our Christmas stuff, throw on a little Christmas music, and get to work on the tree. We’ve still got a few things to add, but here’s what it looks like so far.


Yes, it’s an artificial tree. *sigh* Maybe some day we’ll have a real tree. At least for one Christmas.

In addition to our Christmas tree, we also have our Nativity set, which we do as a traveling nativity. We have a stable with a cow:


A shepherd and a sheep: Joseph, Mary and a donkey:

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And three wise men:


We also have an angel and a baby Jesus in a manger, but they don’t come out until Christmas Eve. I’ll have to take another photo once they all “come together.”

Now, living in the south, we don’t have a fireplace or a mantle. We also have neither a bar, nor anything else that hangs out a far enough distance at a reasonable enough height, so sadly we don’t get to hang our stockings by the fire with a cute stocking hook. One might wonder just exactly where our stockings go? (Yes, we do have those out already because they double as decorations since our decorations are few.)


Seen here, my creative solution. From right to left: Big Daddy, Good Momma, The Princess, The Drama Queen, The Baby Boy

This year we have an Advent calendar that we made. The girls have really enjoyed using this. Inside are activities to do, like making Christmas cookies, decorating, and reading our favorite Christmas story.


The rest of our decorations aren’t up yet, as I’ve mentioned. We’ll be adding a wreath, a garland. Possibly some lighted candy canes outside. We just keep going and going until Christmas finally gets here. We’ll read this and this, watch this, and this, and on Christmas Eve, we’ll read this:

Luke 2:4-11 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 room for them in the inn. 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. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.


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Hey, y’all! I’m Amber and I wear many hats. I drink a ton of coffee and I’m constantly sweeping crumbs off the floor. After 18 years of homeschooling, I’m getting close to graduating my third child and now we are starting over at preschool with our fourth, Lil Miss Mouse. She keeps us young and she’s the main reason for my excessive coffee consumption. Drink up!