Thursday, December 08, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The day after Thanksgiving, my crew and I really look forward to a great family time choosing and decorating our Christmas tree together. Festive music playing, hot cocoa, seasonal decorations around the house and the warmth of a fireplace entice us to get in the Christmas spirit!

Hay ride to the tree plantation

Choosing our Christmas tree... It's hard to decide!

We found the one!

Hubby doing all the hard work! Someone has to take pictures, right? ;)

Tree is all wrapped up and ready to be taken home!

Decorating our tree together

All done!

We love this family tradition: our Acts of Service Christmas count down. Christ came to serve others, not to be served. Each day, our kids are challenged to bless others in some way. We want to instill in them a mindset of giving and serving not only on Christmas, but all year-round, so we use every opportunity to teach them.

If you would like to try this idea, follow this link for a free printable on the number tags.
Then, add in the back of each number simple acts of kindness like these ones: Hold the door for somebody. Write a letter to a deployed soldier. Sit with a new friend at school, etc. Ask your kids for ideas, too!

Family stockings

Christmas cards are starting to arrive!

Can't have Christmas without our Nativity set. Best wedding present ever!

I'd love to see your Christmas decorations this year. Would you share some pictures in the comments below?

17 more days until Christmas! Can't.Wait!



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