Thursday, January 01, 2015

Favorite Family Holiday Traditions from 2014

I wanted to take a moment to reflect back on the many blessings we had preparing for the Advent and Christmas season together as a family; so that we could look back one day and see the fun we had as well as the memories and traditions we made together as a family! Praising God for the blessing of a Home we were able to decorate and enjoy celebrating Christ's birth together with family and friends this holiday season!


(Peanut - 7 years old, first grade and Bean 3.5 years old, pre-k)


We start decorating the day after Thanksgiving every year as a family!


We love doing a nightly Advent Reading  with the girls to try and keep our FOCUS on CHRIST throughout the busyness of this season


We shop for some families "adopted" by Daddy's work each year that are in need


We love finding fun decor to take photographs with


Decorating our basement tree together 



Doing a new fun countdown paper chain reading about a name of God each day December 1-25 and looking up the Scripture verse to tie with that name of God!


Doing a "Build Workshop" as a family at Lowe's; each girl built their own Holiday train engine



Caroling with our Care group to a local nursing home and sharing the Love of Christ and the Gospel message with those who aren't able to get out easily anymore. 


Singing in an ensemble together at a local nursing home and Peanut's FIRST piano recital!



All dressed up for Church



Putting out all of our special Nativity sets throughout the house to remember CHRIST came!


Our special Christmas books that are only out during the Christmas season and remain very special books to the girls.


Hanging our Christmas lights outside on our house


Decorating Mama's fun tomato cage topiary tree she made and hanging the wreath outside



Getting to decorate our basement now that it's 100% finished


Enjoying our warm fireplace together







Family Christmas light tour each year with popcorn and looking at fun Christmas lights together



Christmas Eve Candlelight service




Family Christmas with Mama's side


Reading Luke 2 together as a family


Advent candles lit each Sunday leading up to Christmas and Christmas day to focus on the reason we celebrate Christmas; CHRIST came to earth as a humble baby to live a SINLESS life and die on the cross in OUR PLACE!



Doing our "What God Wants For Christmas" Nativity box with the girls each day, seven days before Christmas!


Ready to host our family tonight!



Stocking and gift opening with Grandpa and Grandma



Hot cocoa bar


Desserts


Yummy Christmas dinner (Ham, Teriyaki Meatballs, Mashed potatoes, corn, Chicken Noodle Soup, Rolls and Veggie Tray)


My fun Grinch Kabobs







We hosted the entire Schmidt family for Christmas evening in our home and did our fun family traditions of Bingo (each bingo we get we get to pick from a table of prizes the family brings 3 prizes each), and our fun traditional Gift Card exchange!









Sugar Cookies with Mimi and Papa





Gingerbread Village/House making and decorating as a family 
 

Date night with the LOVE of my life New Year's Eve night while the girls stayed overnight with Gpa and Gma!

We pray you and your families had a BLESSED and JOY-FILLED Advent and Christmas season reflecting on ALL Christ has done in and through each of us by sending His son down to earth to be born as a babe, live a sinless life so that one day HE would be our REDEEMER and SAVIOR and die on the cross for the sins of the world! May we continue to live to honor and glorify Him throughout 2015 and the years to come as we seek to bring glory to His Name above all else in both the trials and blessings we are each greeted with day-to-day! 

With love our Family!