Merry Christmas everyone! With the busiest holiday quickly approaching I wanted to share with you how Christmas is a little different for us this year and to take a moment to reflect on what Christmas truly means to me. And there is no better way to kick off this blog post than with a look back at our Christmas card pictures up until now!
My favorite tradition is preparing the perfect matching outfits for us to wear and getting our card out as one of the first Christmas cards our family and friends get in the mail. Huge thanks to my Mom for helping me do that this year! xoxo
I had thought, up until this year, that our Christmas’s had been pretty simple, but instead of cutting down a huge 10 foot tree and decorating it in lights, ornaments, and ribbon we have a little Christmas branch (as I like to call it) in a mason jar with a few bulbs. Our own version of a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. It’s the perfect size to fit on our little dinning table and it’s super cute! When it comes to cutting down the tree, I enjoy it so much because it means that we all go outside as a family and walk through dozens of rows of trees together to pick out the perfect one. This year was just that with a simple twist. We went on a beautiful hike through the woods and found the perfect little branch a little ways off the trail that I’m sure the big tree won’t miss too much.
As far as other decorations go I have some festive dish towels and our stockings hung in our bedroom but that’s about it.
While I sort of miss the big wood burning fire place we had at our rental house with our stockings hung above it with care, we spend the days leading up to December 25th with our family back in our home town so I felt like all the work we did kind of went to waste as we weren’t there to enjoy it on the actual day. But being with our family is WAY more important than some decorations. Focusing on that fact has made me feel like I have more Christmas spirit this year than any other year I can remember.
Our RV is warm and cozy and I am surrounded by my little, but perfect, family all day everyday. We have gone out and experienced the beautiful Biltmore House , drank hot chocolate, and sang (or howled) along to Christmas music. We even saw “Santa” and one of his “Elves” repel from Chimminy Rock. Instead of being stressed by the hustle and bustle of the season we have slowed down to take it all in a bit at a time.
Even before we started living in the RV we were not huge gift givers. Our rule has always been to not buy anything bigger than can fit in our stockings. That rule has evolved into buying practical gifts like socks and underwear or deodorant. (I know not very exciting but that’s fine with us!) This year won’t be any different, I’m sure. In fact, Gerrit just said how he was looking forward to some new socks this Christmas. Even those practical gifts are fun to get each other because its something the other really does need and appreciates. We do like to spoil our pups, which I’m sure you’ve picked up on by now. I like to get them an extra special treat to celebrate the season that is accompanied by me taking a million pictures of them in their matching scarves.
But, putting all those things aside, what Christmas really means to me is celebrating the birth of Jesus. How we express that gratitude doesn’t matter as long as you do it with the ones you love. Christmas is a great reminder for all of us to express our love for one another the way Jesus did for us. Whether that be through a thoughtful or practical gift or just by being together. It doesn’t matter if we live in a three story house or a motor home. The memories we make together during this season is what I love most. We will always celebrate Christmas the same way and attempt to show each other the same love that Jesus showed us by coming to earth as baby and dying on the cross for our sins.
I would love to hear about how your family celebrates Christmas. What are some of your favorite traditions or thoughts on the season? Let me know in the comments below!
Lindsey, Gerrit, Oakley & Ella
The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 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. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 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.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 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.