I love the image declaring Joy over the entire globe. That is Christmas! Jesus came that the world might have life and have it abundantly. The image that now sits on my bookshelf reminds me to believe that truth even when the world news is devastating. It reminds me to pray, and it makes me so grateful that Emmanuel came. Christmas. Plus, it causes me to loudly belt out the "Joy to the World" carol much to Slater's delight. :)
Here is an image of the whole bookshelf with Christmas decorations:
Those are our new stockings!! We love them. We were not able to get stockings our first Christmas together, so it was a treat to be able to include that in the Christmas budget this year and hunt for the perfect stockings. Our style is somewhat natural. I LOVE everything white and Slater like everything multi-colored. (That made registering for dishes for wedding gifts interesting haha.) After searching and searching, we finally found ones that fit our personality. Slater has a colored one with a happy snowman since he loves color and loves the snow. I have a white one with a classy Christmas tree and a flower on top. The burlap ties them together so they coordinate and helps it match the rest of our home. In the future, we would love to get our names put on them at the top. We found the stockings at SPICE in downtown Waco. I purchased the stocking holders last year after Christmas in Shreveport from a store called Red Door. On the top left is a basket that holds all of our Christmas cards. I love sending and receiving Christmas cards!! I love that tradition. Its so cool to see people and their families grow and change over the years. On the top right is one of my favorite vases with Christmas tree greenery and glitter sticks inside. I'll get to that in a minute.
Here is the Christmas card we sent this year:
I hung them up with twine and clothespins! It was a fun display.
I hope this post inspires you to find creative and thrifty ways to decorate your home. It was fun for me to look at pictures from last Christmas and this one. It is so fitting to celebrate Him and fill my home with reminders of why we are celebrating. In short, MERRY CHRISTMAS! Emmanuel - God is WITH us! Hallelujah!