Hearing Sleigh Bells.

It’s here!  My most favorite season of all has arrived!  As I sit here typing, I look on the counter and see a pumpkin, and a dried fall flower arrangement waiting to be placed in the box with the other fall decorations, and next to them both…..two boxes of candy canes! 

Tomorrow, we plan to decorate the house for Christmas.  We’ll put up the tree, sort through the years of “homemade-only-a-parent-could-love ornaments” and hang them on the tree.  The two youngest will carefully place the candy canes on the tree, probably bunching them anywhere between two and four feet from the ground since that is about as tall as they can reach!

We’ll end up with a tree, filled with years of memories and clumps of candy canes, but it will be the prettiest tree of all! 

The homemade decorations that have faded, broken, or been glued back together again will remind us of times past and the blessings God has given. 

We’ll also open this year’s ornaments (we add a new one for each person every year), laugh at the discovery of them (I’ll explain later!!), and begin to settle in for another holiday season.

Christmas carols are already playing on the radio, the malls are full, some in our neighborhood have already adorned their houses with lights, and that yearly craving for smells of cinnamon and spice, hot chocolate, and homemade chili, are present.


It’s just a fun and warm time of reflection, and a time that I know our families will be together, celebrating what’s most important about the season…the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

I give thanks to God for bestowing the special gift of Christ’s birth, and continuing to bring years of special Christmas memories to our family!

I’ve decorated my blog page, as you can see, and we’ll be talking about Christmas alot this month, so stop by often and join in!

If you feel like sharing, how about answering the question, “What things tell you that Christmas has arrived?”



Filed under Birth, Blessings, Children, Christ, Christmas, Family, Gifts, God

7 responses to “Hearing Sleigh Bells.

  1. Kari

    The excited, ecstatic feeling of love, warmth, and cheer that begins when family is together for Thanksgiving and carries through family gatherings at Christmas.

  2. noahs mom

    I love your new blog look! And I love that post. You describe my feelings exactly.
    Thanks so much for lending us the preschool CD. I’m going to let Eli have a go with it tomorrow and see how he likes it.

    Leslie 🙂

  3. I love the look!!! Very Festive!! we decorated while Michael was home…that way he didn’t miss out on his year job with the outside lights! 🙂

  4. yearly job, fingers got carried away, OOOPS

  5. Mike

    BAH HUMBUG…………………………………………….

    Just kidding, I can’t allow my wife to think anything has changed in my life concerning my view of commercialism during this time of year and the number of people that could be helped with all the time and money spent on shopping for STUFF that will be sold in a garage sale come spring!!!….LOL……………

    Actually this year I’m doing pretty good and we are what, four days into the Christmas season??? Wow, I haven’t opened my mouth once, go me….LOL……I was actually looking to try and synchronize our lights to a Trans Siberian Ochestra song, like Carol of the bells, that is until I found out it cost this other guy close to 10,000 dollars……

    Just don’t forget the widows and orphans this time of year or any other.

    Here comes Santa Clause, here comes Santa Clause………

  6. Julie

    Kari – Exactly! I know you are excited about starting your own family traditions with that beautiful baby this year!

    Leslie – You’re more than welcome 🙂 All of that is for you to keep, and I’m going to be looking through others if you want more! I’m so jealous that I didn’t get to see Nandini Sunday 😦 Kenya said that she is beautiful!

    Dreama – LOL! That is so funny because we were just talking about how Pam doesn’t need to miss out on her yearly duty of light hanging with Dad!! (Kenya and I usually do the inside and they do the outside.) Did Michael think he would get out of it this year?

    Mike – Yes — widows and orphans need our support during Christmas as well as all year long. Just think of the blessings they will all receive when they drive by your house, viewing the $10,000 light display! 😉

    Wishing you all a wonderful, Christ-filled Monday!


  7. tracimac

    One of the favorite memories I have of growing up was during this time of year when I would get a new ‘job’ each year, as I got older, during the time of Holiday candy making. I can remember it like it was yesterday. Now I get to share these memories, as well as my mother, with my daughter. This is something that she has become more interested in and I am so grateful that she is wanting to spend this time with me.
    I also love the sense of awe in the great “power” of this time of year. Seeing everyone start to mellow out at the beginning of this season is wonderful. It seems that everyone just kind of gets into being a family during this “season of love”.
    “Hanging of the Greens” at the end of this week, is also one of my favorite things.
    I love you guys. Tell Pam to make us a snowman when she gets back to school!!!

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