A Meaningful Holiday

Thursday, December 15, 2016

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. -Isaiah 9:6

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John 1:4

Four years ago, Ben and I were finishing up our last non internship semester of college, renovating our first home, and preparing for a wedding four days after Christmas. We did all of our Christmas shopping on December 22nd and 23rd, and we totally missed the point of Christmas. There was so much other stuff going on (and good things, too!) that we missed out on celebrating the anticipation of Christ's birth. All of the silly little things like seeing santa and making a million cinnamon rolls (which I'll be posting all of my steps for on Monday after a lot of questions, btw!) reflect just a small shadow of something greater, the core of our faith. 

In the Christmases that have followed, I've tried my very hardest to set us up for success. All of our Christmas shopping gets done before December 1, and our Christmas cards are always mailed before then too. Our second year of marriage I actually went a bit overboard and ordered our cards in August, haha! We've found that getting all the "chores" out of the way has set us up to enjoy this season with friends and family. I love using the month of December to show people how much they mean to us, and we so look forward to the next week and a half showing Beau what we hope all of the years ahead of celebrating will be like. 

How do y'all make Christmas extra meaningful? 



  1. Beautiful photo! Loved this link-up and I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday! P.S.-totally tuning in for the cinnamon roll post!


  2. I love starting early so that it makes everything less stressful and you have more time to focus on the real reason! Excited for those cinnamon rolls on Monday too!

  3. Oh wow, this is so convicting! I was just writing yesterday about how frantic we are around here at the last minute! There's always next year. I like to change up my morning devotional to an Advent devotional our church hands out at the beginning of Advent. Thanks so much for organizing this awesome link-up!
    Classic Catherine

  4. I love that picture of you & Ben! Christmas cards in August sounds like my kind of planning!

  5. I want to hear more!! What ways do you show people how much they mean to you? What's going to fill your next week and a half? More, more! :) P.S. Love this prompt - hoping to have my post up tomorrow!!

  6. Thank you for making this about Christ! I love that you are doing a linkup too! Mine is 12 days of blogging! So glad I found your blog!

  7. What an adorable picture! I do think having things done ahead of time allows me to be more relaxed and have time to focus more on the reason for the season. Thanks so much for hosting this linkup Victoria! I had so much.


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