Saturday, December 24, 2011

~The Magic of Christmas~

I am so glad that you have taken time to stop and read my post this Christmas Eve day.  I've been busy, like the rest of you, but I wanted to share with you some more of the Christmas decorations around the house....



Years ago, my children and I tried our hand at making gingerbread houses; even a log home made out of large pretzel sticks..  But no one, including myself, cared for gingerbread so we stopped making them.  Several years ago, I decided to started collecting gingerbread items.  They are so cute and I use them to decorate my kitchen.







This year, I started a new collection of red, white and silver ornaments.  Here is my beautiful tree in all its glory minus the top section...the lights keep going out and I have to have it replaced.

 Two-year-old Bubba is still learning about the magic of Christmas.  Not really sure if he has met Santa this year.

Three-year-old Tater Tot is all about Santa and she is learning about the birth of Jesus as well.  In fact, she's been singing Happy Birthday to Jesus and wants to know if Santa is going to bring Him presents, too.  The innocence of children and how they believe.  I love it!!


 The elf on the shelf, better known as Senior McGomez (family joke), started showing up at five-year-old Monkey's house last year.  She swears that his eyes move and follow her around the house!  He even followed her to my house this year at Thanksgiving further cementing the belief in Santa.

Eight-year-old Rascal has classmates who don't believe any longer but he's still holding on.  He asks them who eats the cookies on Christmas Eve?  Santa, of course!!  I pray that he believes for a couple of more years.

 Thirteen-year-old J.W. is, of course, very wise and no longer believes.  He has been threatened within an inch of his life if he spills the beans!  So far...so good.  I keep telling him that, at my house, he has to believe in order to receive. ;)


I got my little Christmas trees either at Michael's or Hobby Lobby; I can't remember.  Santa came from a craft mall, probably about 10 years ago, as well as the little pull horse and teddy bear.  I don't remember where I found the little ornaments that are now part of this vignette.


I love this Christmas arrangement with the grapevine star.  It all sits inside a suitcase.  I got it on sale at Michael's a few years ago.
I started collecting a variety of angels to create a vignette on my fireplace mantel.
"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God...
  I loved my angels but it needed something else.  And then I found this....

 All the lights, decorations, collections, vignettes, goodies and gifts are delightful things through the eyes of children and those who are children at heart.  It all makes Christmas magical, doesn't it?

But I pray that we also center our focus on the true meaning of what Christmas is all about.  Like my three-year-old granddaughter who sings Happy Birthday to the baby who becomes our Savior.  My greatest prayer is that you know the Savior like I know the Savior; the One who died for our sins.

From my family to yours, we wish you a very blessed, joyous and 
Merry Christmas

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. ~
 Luke 2:14"

7 comments:

Country Dreaming said...

Great pictures, especially the last one.

Hope it was a wonderful Christmas for you and your family.

Melinda

Cindy said...

You have a beautiful family! Your decorations are the house are all lovely, I hope your Christmas was very merry and very bright!
Love and hugs, Cindy

Kerin said...

What a beautiful family you have!!

I hope that you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

Hope that this is a great week for you !!

Sewn With Grace said...

Merry Christmas Velma! Your decorations are so beautiful and the children are just precious! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me today. It's so good to have friends encouragement along this journey of ours. Happy New Year to you and your family!

Calypso In The Country said...

Velma,
Your Christmas decor is beautiful! What a magical time of the year it is, especially for children. I am hoping my 8 year old continues to beleive a little longer but you know how kids at school are!
-Shelley

Betty Tompsett said...

Betty from NSW Australia saying hello, could you give me information about the acorn you saw somewhere made different to the burlap ones posted on another site we both have been browsing? I love your Christmas decor and family notes! Number one grandson of ours is under similar reigns about blabbing about Santa to number two grandson, makes me love my older siblings more knowing they went along with Santa for me all those years ago! Hugs Betty Tompsett


❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Betty...I couldn't reply to your reply via email so I hope that you are seeing this. I'm not sure which acorn you are referring to in your question unless it is the silver one shown in one of the photos. I purchased them at a craft/hobby store called Hobby Lobby. If this is not what you are referring to, please give me more info and I'll try to answer your question better.
Thank you for stopping by my blog!!

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