As I look back at December, the last month of 2018, it was really hard in a lot of ways. BUT as I told a friend over chat when we were saying “happy new year” to each other– “It’s crazy how fast it went by but when I think over the months I realize just how many special memories are hidden along the way” ❤ God blessed that season in SO many ways.
So I decided to make a list of what I especially enjoyed this Christmas and am thankful for! (not chronological… cuz I’m never good at doing that 😛)
Wandering around Barnes and Nobles with my siblings and melting over all the gorgeously bound hardcover classics!!! And sneaking snippets of interesting looking books, and loving a Robert Frost anthology, and helping siblings choose Christmas gifts for other siblings. Not to mention smelling random books… 😀
Older siblings buying us Chickfila peppermint shakes to share! I had never tried one, and I’m 100% obsessed!!
Advent with the family. Anticipating and building up to the celebration of Christ’s birth together and hearing the story over again is so special. ❤
Using super comfy and cute Bluetooth earbuds my brother gave me. They’ve been the BOMB for listening to the Bible while doing chores and stuff!!
The Generation Rising gingerbread house and cookie party that Tanner organized. It was a total blast and also my first time ever making a gingerbread house!! read more about it in our newsletter here
The stack of six brand new beautiful books my brother gifted me for Christmas!!!! Like, whaaat?!!! 😍😍
Putting in the backseat of our 15 passenger van and squeezing everyone +our extended fam in and driving around the neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights and singing. Forcing one blanket to span five people, breaking up a candy cane among our back seat, and the entire vanload somehow all forgetting the words to a Christmas carol. 😂👏 Amazing Christmas Day night!!
The time a friend, Kate, and I got peppermint shakes (thanks for mine, Kate!!), totally froze in the windy air, and then went to a super cheap showing of the “Nutcracker and The Four Realms”! So fun! And extra cool that mom came with us. ❤
The box of hot chocolate packets, the festive elf hat, and a big bag of marshmallows from my youngest sister. And the note that said the marshmallows were for throwing at Paul and ** friend. 😂👏
Getting to re-meet awesome cousins we hadn’t seen for 15 yrs! They’re the best!
Jack Lewis, our Christmas puppy!! Like, we got a real live Aussie for Christmas!! It’s like something that only happens in a book or something but it really truly happened you guys!! He’s adorable and smart and cuddly and zany and was a complete and total surprise from Dad and Mom to the family.
Our church’s Ladies’ Christmas Tea was fun (haha Who am I kidding, it was more like “YUMMY”! 😝) but the clean up in the kitchen afterward was actually my favorite part. 😁 We were all way too tired and just one brave gang united against the evils of dirty dishes and breakable tea sets and sinks of scalding hot water. We sang random songs and laughed a bunch and I ended up babbling about the “happy snowmen” on the mugs. Oh and I maybe caught the chocolate fondue fountain before it hit the ground and got chocolate on my nose that someone tried to wipe off aaand so we had a mini chocolate fight. XD
This year all us siblings drew two of each other’s names for who to gift. Keeping who I was shopping for a secret from “my persons” proved to be hard and hilarious, but I super liked what I ended up giving them and they did too. 😉
Doing another “Weird Author Sibling Chat” with my ppls!! That was great!! We answered y’all’s questions of things– if we had 3 wishes, our favorite Christmas traditions, and even attempted to say “Merry Christmas” backward. 😎😛
Singing at our Christmas recital with a group of friends. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” with an extra cool verse, written by a friend, that wraps up the song’s story beautifully!!
The Christmas Cage. Let me explain. Mom has a huge wrought iron bird cage for decoration and, when we don’t have a tree yet, we put our presents inside the cage instead. It’s kind of weird but fun too!
Kate and I enjoyed having a gigantic peppermint bark packaging party together, scrapbooking cute tags for the little bags and everything. 🙂 (Read that sentence as fast as you can. It’s fun. *hides from my terrifically bad writing* )
When it was only a few days before Christmas and we still didn’t have a tree so us kids kinda all quietly accepted the fact (they’re expensive y’all!!). AND THEN DAD DRAGGED ONE INSIDE all nonchalantly after work one day!!! So exciting!!
Jamming to the Christian radio in the backseat with my crammed-in buddies and eating candy canes from Pearl! We were literally bouncing the van up and down. 😂🙈
Hope you enjoyed seeing some of what I was up to during that looong blog silence! 😉 What are your favorite memories from a Christmas? ~A