I love all things Christmas. If I had hours and hours of time, I would list each thing I love individually, but I don't and no one would read it all. So, I picked a few of my favs and decided to do a favorites post. Sadly, Ray LaMontagne has not released a holiday album, so he will be absent from this particular favorites list.
First up for today, Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack.
I love this soundtrack. I love this movie. To make it even better, Isabelle watched this movie this year and is IN LOVE with Charlie Brown. It is adorable to hear her ask for Charlie Brown, or Char Brown as she calls him.
Second on my list would have to be Christmas cookies and candies. This past weekend I got together with my sister, Katie (Danny's girlfriend), Karen (Bobby's girlfriend), and my nieces and nephew and we made a TON of goodies. Ironically we only made one cookie so I may be doing some actual baking this week.
Number Three: Christmas decorations. Each year I get more and more anxious about putting up Christmas decorations. Jason refuses to start before Thanksgiving, but if I had it my way the tree would go up right after Halloween. This year we were able to do Christmas lights on the house again (we took a break last year) and I am so happy! I can't get enough decorations around here.
The fourth thing on my list today....spending time with my family. This year Jason is able to take several days off and I am so thrilled to spend some time together as a family. We figured out it is the most time he has had off since we were married (10 YEARS AGO)!!!! Part of spending time together includes our tradition of celebrating Christmas here, at our house, with our girls each year. I can't wait to wake up Christmas morning and see the look on Isabelle's face when she sees her presents. So far there are no presents under the tree because her and Molly try to open every gift they see. When Isabelle wakes up it is going to be totally full of presents in our living room and I can't wait to see her reaction.
Last, but certainly not least (in fact my MOST favorite part), celebrating the birth of Christ. I hope everyone is reminded this Christmas just how truly blessed they are and how much we all have to be thankful for including the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16