We almost didn't put up a tree this year.
I am a BIG fan of decorating, and especially for Christmas, but with baby Brielle on the way I wasn't sure this would be very practical.
Plus, since I changed the color scheme in our living room, and rearranged we really didn't have any room for our tree and the decorations would no longer match!
These were all GREAT reasons to forgo the tree this year! . . . Precisely three days before Brielle was born I made a trip to Hobby Lobby and purchased an Alpine tree that would fit in our living room! :) I couldn't resist! Putting up the tree builds my anticipation for Christmas!
It was already the 2nd of December, and Skyler and I still needed a tree of some sort to hang our advent ornaments. We are going through Ann Voskamp's new book The Greatest Gift. In order to simplify I decided this would be our Jesse Tree & Christmas Tree.
Every night (except for when we were in the hospital), we've hung an ornament. We read Scripture, and continue to trace the story of Christ from Genesis. We discuss and confess, and prepare to make Christ known to the world. Kyria helps Daddy hang the ornament most nights, and we anticipate Christ's coming as a family!
We anticipate Christ like anticipating the arrival of a new baby . . . and MY, haven't we known that kind of anticipation this year!
Like expectant mothers preparing and praying and exercising and nesting – and working – because labor and delivery is coming — we’re the [family] waiting actively, praying and reaching out and grabbing hands and [I am a woman] pregnant with hope, . . . expecting – expecting Jesus’ kingdom to come into the world and come through us." ~ Ann Voskamp
Is your anticipation building as we approach Christmas?
How are you using this time to prepare your heart for Christ's coming?