December has been a busy month, but also a month filled with a lot of joy. Observing Advent, a season of four weeks leading up to the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day, we prepared by decorating our home with Christmas lights, a new tree, and manger scenes. Through doing little acts of intentional preparation, like leaving the baby Jesus piece out of the manger until Christmas Day, we could not help but think of our anticipation of bringing a child into our home.
As the weather got a little more chilly, Phil took advantage of using the fireplace more often. Cold weather and covid did not keep us from getting out and seeing Christmas lights in nearby neighborhoods.
This year we had Christmas with Lindsey’s family. We went to Church, then ate a traditional tamale dinner, sang Christmas hymns and carols with the kids, opened presents, played some games, and watched a holiday movie. Both of us were still able to have some time to ourselves Christmas morning with a delicious breakfast, including cinnamon rolls (Lindsey’s favorite), and giving each other gifts.
The festivities did not end with Christmas Day because we headed up the next day to Oklahoma to an AirBNB to spend a few days with Phil’s family. Only his parents and the younger siblings could come but it was still a fantastic time together roasting marshmallows in a fire pit, eating delicious meals, playing many silly games with lots of laughter, taking walks by the lake nearby, watching movies, giving gifts and even getting in some quiet moments to read and take naps. Overall, looking back over the past month, we have felt incredibly blessed at all that God has given and all the people which He has put in our lives to celebrate with.