I don't think it's any secret that Christmas time is my favorite time. I just love everything about it! Our cute little town decorates far before Thanksgiving (boo), but I just smile every time I drive through downtown.
(This is actually an old photo on the town website. They don't put up all of these lights anymore. :( )
With Thanksgiving being so late this year, I got so antsy to put up Christmas decorations...but I'm a stickler for NOT decorating...or listening to Christmas music...until AFTER Thanksgiving. So, we always decorate on Black Friday!
Since we will be leaving to visit family on Christmas night, I didn't want to go super crazy with decorations (i.e. we didn't display my Santa collection, or all of Andrew's nutcracker collection)...and we didn't buy a full size tree, either. But, I'm still so happy with how things turned out. I love sitting in the living room with the tree lit!
I've still got a few craft projects that I started over Thanksgiving break that need to be finished. I can't wait to show them to you! Hint: They may or may not include glitter and chevron patterns. :)
And, this year, I really want to focus on "the reason for the season"...we have our nativity set that we bought in Kenya out (haven't found the perfect spot, though)...and I just knew when I stumbled upon #theshineproject and this Marriage Advent post on pinterest, I had to join along! Of course, I needed to tweak a few things, but so far we're loving it!
Last on the list is to find an advent wreath! The contemporary service at our church decorated for the Advent season, and I'm in love.
Of course, I can't to something like that at our apartment...although a smaller scale may work...but I'm taking inspiration this pin. I know it's almost been a week already, but I finally "get" the significance of using the Advent wreath as a remember to wait for the coming of the Lord with hope, love, joy, and peace!
How have you decorated this season!?