A Wood Family Christmas

It’s over. The packages have been torn open, the smiles have been smiled many times over, and mama and daddy are wore smooth out. But it’s been a wonderful Christmas season. Truly…wonderful. I feel so full today as I reflect on this season. So here is a peek into our Wood Family Christmas and a few of the things we did this year.

One of my most treasured memories from this year will be the Advent study that we went through with the kids.  Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift was a gift for our family!  I would highly recommend this book to any family wanting to center their thoughts on Jesus during this season.

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Here is our finished Jesse Tree that went along with our book:

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Other treasured memories: 

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Our very first Wood Farm Christmas…story telling, chili, ornament making, and hayriding…and yes to the Otis Christmas book, and any other Otis book.

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A sweet, visit to our local nursing home to visit with some precious residents and meet a lovely pen pal…

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Failed homemade ornaments….

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Successful homemade oranaments!

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Favorite books…

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Oatmeal cookies…

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Matching Christmas Eve jammies…

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Perfect gifts…

And lots and lots of thanksgiving.

And just for fun, here are a few pictures of Christmas at our house through a child’s eyes….because Ms. Lydia loves to grab my phone when I’m not looking and have a little photo shoot.  🙂

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Finally, here is what Christmas morning looks like around here…the glorious mess!  We woke up, opened presents, and had a late breakfast with my parents…couldn’t ask for a better Christmas day!

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I sincerely hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas as well. I remember for many years feeling a little let down when all the packages were torn open and Christmas was over.  But, that is no longer the case.  While Christmas may be over for this year, we are continually in a state of Advent.  Remember the meaning of Advent?  Waiting for something important?  Well, just like we wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus the whole month of December, we are also eagerly waiting the second coming of Jesus.  And that’s an Advent worth anticipating too!  So, instead of feeling that inevitable let down this year, remember that we are always waiting for something important. Don’t let the anticipation and excitement of Christmas die with the opening of packages…it is always there.

 In the next few days, I’ll be taking down our Christmas decorations, organizing for the new year (and the new homeschool semester), and evaluating last year’s goals, and setting this year’s goals, and I plan to blog about every bit of it.  This is another one of my favorite times of the year!  When things are nice and fresh.

Merry Christmas to all of you!

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