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Happiness Continues: counting the joys of the holiday on instagram with hashtag #christmasgifts
Happiness Continues: Do you have favorite Christmas Music? A few artists in my main list include:
Amy Grant, BarlowGirl, Brandon Heath, Casting Crowns, Francesca Battistelli, Ginny Owens, Jars of Clay, Jewel, Leigh Nash/Sixpence None The Richer, Michael W. Smith, Owl City, Plumb, Rebecca St. James, Sara Groves, Sarah McLachlan, Steven Curtis Chapman.
my #christmasgifts for the week:
Dec 4: the parts of me wearing wool were warm in the rainstorm today. I choose my kristine-esque socks today, because they remind me of Christmas. I knit then during a christmas trip and although I don't have any handknits with traditional Christmas colors, these jewel-tones feel like the holidays. my #christmasgifts for today is remembering that the memories around something, those connections, they are more important than the actual colors to make it feel like the holidays. a very special truth for most things around the Christmas celebration!
Dec 5: looking forward, and planning with care to not over-plan... the front page of my bullet journal is currently a scratchpad for ideas. it's easy to get overwhelmed and not remember counting the joys of things that make Christmas truly special. so for today, slow plans are my #christmasgifts :)
for Dec 7: I had some good thoughts yesterday for my #christmasgifts series, where I am counting my joys in the holiday season. I had this song "Christmas is all in the heart" by Steven Curtis Chapman in my head. this song is on several of his Christmas albums, and so I hear it often on my ChristianChristmas playlist. and it really reminds me to think on what is important. and it illustrates what I was trying to do with this challenge very well. so I hope that it encourages you today as well. <3
Dec 8: put the finishing touches on my nativity scene this evening. no matter where I have been in my faith, I've always loved the nativity. this year, it feels that much more important to count as one of my #christmasgifts . this specific set is one I inherited from my mother-in-law, so I don't know it's history. the wise men are climbing a hill (aka, an overturned pie plate) and my former tree-topping angel looks on. the shepherds have sheepies. and it's mostly white, and, it's all bathed in white #ggkcraftypad from the snowflake lights, and the white pearly beads mimic snow. this is in the top cubby of our Expedit shelf in the living room, front and center to remind me of the Christmas story. beautiful!
for Dec 9: yesterday, I put the finishing touches on the tree. one of my favorite things is the snowflakes I made my first year out of college. I had always loved cutting them and I got really creative that year and then dipped them in wax to make them stay longer. I have realized the joy filled moment for my #christmasgifts - that joy shows up in many kinds of crafting that I do. and it's a lovely tradition to put these out each year. this pic is of my very favorite one :)