Lovely view from our front door!
The many Christmas trees in our home:)
Tree #1: Large pre-lit tree. I have not yet tried a real tree – although they look so beautiful and smell great!
The Popsicle stick frames on the first photo of the tree were made by us. No photos included, yet. See my post here about kids activities to make the frames. The small tree in the second photo is a craft done by our toddler. The JOY in the third photo was an ornament given to us last year from someone in church.
Not too many gifts under our tree, yet.
Tree #2: Small pre-lit tree bought at Walmart.
Tree #3: Little Pink tree for the girls room – Walmart.
I used a Receiving Blanket for the skirt.
Tree #4: Tiny DIY from a student (placed over the cable box in my room).
Tree #5: Minni decorative tree found at Jewel – It’s over the bookshelf. So as you can see, we love Christmas trees!
Table Center Pieces and DIY candle holders. Glued ribbons around the jars and added rocks and candles. Notice that the center piece is a matching set with the main, large, Christmas tree skirt. Decided to upscale from those cheap looking $$$Tree ones we always use. This one is a very nice quality.
Another DIY decor – Tied a ribbon the jar and added Christmas ornaments in it
How about the DIY snow globes I made earlier? See post here.
DIY names on stockings, easy. Use clear tacky glue to write names on the stockings. Sprinkle with lots of glitter all over the and in between the names. Let dry, then shake off. The names magically show up clearly. (I thought I had photos of adding the glue and glitter but I cannot find them).
We have no fireplace, mantle type thing, so the top of my bookshelves is where I added some Christmas decor!
Small manger scene: Our toddler wanted a manger so I bought her a small one. I had a medium sized one for many years, but it has fallen apart.
Window view: Needs to be fixed a little better:)
Not so DIY gift: Bought the jar with ribbon and tag at Walgreens. Bought some good chocolate (Lindor and Rochelle) and added to the jar.
Then my DIY cookies and hot cocoa mixes in jars. I still have not added the labels on them, yet. They are for us, though – make ahead preparations for the holidays.
Now for the Giving Basket: “And the gift goes on. . . .” Christ gave us All! What do you give at Christmas to demonstrate Christ’s love through you?
This is our recent tradition that we started last year – giving a basket of food at Christmas time to someone in need. The basket is not filled yet, by the way. And the items in the basket are just staged for this post. I still have to gather them together.
What’s in the basket: food that could put a Christmas meal together and maybe a little extra for a couple days – not just random stuff. We usually include tin stuff or dry staples and then a ham.
The food can be collected throughout the month of December as we shop or buy them all at one time.
We get a family in need name from the pastors at church or if we know someone else out there in need and then deliver it to them on Christmas Eve. We want to make sure we do not forget the needs of those close to us, too. Sometimes we tend to bypass the ones close to us who have needs and try to meet the needs of those we do not know.
And the beautiful snowfall views around our home:)