Christmas time has come upon us again!! I’m not sure about your house, but mine is filled with wrapping paper, gingerbread, Christmas lights and stockings. I am truly convinced that (like the carollers have always told us) Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! Little things keep delighting me this season, and I just had to share some of them with you! So without further ado, here are just a very few of my favorite things:
Michael Buble’s “Christmas” album: I’ve always loved Buble’s voice, but wasn’t sure about buying his love songs. I was so excited when he came out with a Christmas album, and even more happy to find that it was a fantastic collection of Christmas songs. He’s brought back the wonderful sound of 1940’s Big Band – one of my favorite styles of music. I bought this album a couple of weeks ago, and have listened to it over and over again!
Excessive Christmas movie viewing: I don’t think we’ve ever watched so many movies within two weeks as we have this holiday season! We’ve enjoyed Elf, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Nutcracker to name a few.
A great big stack of books beside my bed: There are times when so many great books are calling your name, that you just give in to all of them and start reading them all at once. That’s exactly what happened to me this winter! Since I took this picture, I’ve finished Miracles by C.S. Lewis and Beatrix Potter by Judy Taylor. I’m still plugging away at the others, and thoroughly enjoying myself. (The two in covers are The Hobbit and 100 Cupboards.)
A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens’s classic is a must for me at Christmas time. This year, I’ve enjoyed three different versions of A Christmas Carol. The first is Focus on the Family’s Radio Theatre radio drama version, which is absolutely amazing! I’ve listened to it more times than I can count. The second is one that I watched many times before when I was a little girl, but hadn’t seen in years. This year I re-watched The Muppet’s A Christmas Carol – it was wonderful! Such a close re-telling of the story, but with all of the laugh-out-loud humor of the Muppets – a great choice if you’ve got young ones in the house. And the third version has become a new tradition in our home. It’s the Walt Disney computer animated A Christmas Carol, with Jim Carrey as Scrooge. Aside from a few weird/freaky/disturbing additions, it stays remarkably close to the original story, and is a very powerful movie.
A scrapbook of my Europe trip: There’s something so thrilling in a big stack of scrap booking materials! I got a fresh new scrapbook, printed out a few hundred of my pictures from Europe, and got to work putting together a scrapbook of epic proportions. I’m about 1/4 of the way through with it, and am having such fun. I think you may be able to guess which pages are some of my favorites (hint: see above picture).
Tolkien reading a chapter from The Hobbit: I never thought I’d get to hear Tolkien’s voice, but to my exceeding surprise and excitement, I found a website that has a genuine recording of J.R.R. Tolkien reading part of The Hobbit!! It’s so neat to hear Tolkien’s voice (very proper and British); it makes him seem a bit more real to me than he did before. And not only is he reading aloud, but he’s doing Gollum’s voice! This link has definitely been a source of delight for me this Christmas.
Sneaky Christmas present schemes: Christmas and birthdays are the only times in the year that sneaky behavior and semi-deceptions are acceptable in our home. 😀 It has become very common to see a sibling or parent sneaking off into a remote corner or closet with a roll of wrapping paper and mysterious package in their hands. We’re all getting very excited as the shiny presents are multiplying under the tree!
Making gingerbread houses: My sisters and I spent an entire weekend making gingerbread houses. We had planned on elegant, perfect creations, but when the gingerbread pieces came out of the oven, reality hit. We had to laugh at our lopsided, crazy-looking houses! We set out tons of brightly-colored candies and reveled in mismatching, sugary chaos. We took some pictures, admired them for about five minutes, and then we ate them. I have made a discovery this Christmas: gingerbread + milk is incredible.
There you have it, folks. These are just a few of the many things that have made me smile this year! What have you been particularly enjoying this holiday?
I pray that the Lord blesses you as you remember the wonderful gift of God’s grace in giving us His Son! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!