Shine Like Stars

Shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of life (Phil. 2:15)
We're not trying to be rock stars but just shed some light on a sad and lonely world. Stay tuned for how God works through weak and tired, sometimes really cranky vessels.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas decorating for the underachiever

My family used to call me the elf because I've always loved everything about Christmas.  I like to go other peoples house and help them decorate.... some years I've maybe even been pushy about other people getting their tree up.  I just love it.  

So this year I was shocked when I had no desire to get our Christmas stuff out.  We finally did it today.  Yes, I'm well aware that normal people have not put up their tree yet, but as stated before, I'm usually an elf. Anyway, Michael made Blinna for breakfast and we got to it.  So, this year I let everything go and let the kids have at it.  As you can tell from the picture below.....

Here's our Nativity play area...

and another Nativity scene (this one a much nicer)

Here's the one thing I did work on....
our Jesse Tree

I bought burlap and felt at Hobby Lobby and went to work cutting randomly.
I think it looks like a tree.  It has some issues but who doesn't? 
Addie's sporting her favorite shirt - Go State!

Then I cut green felt into leaves and glued the Jesse Tree ornaments on them.
You can get it here.

Being Pinterest obsessed like I am I found this site
The names of Jesus on a paper chain.  If you'll notice, again I'm
letting the kids take over in the decorating department.  
The most embarrassing part is that I wrote CHIRST for Addie to copy
and didn't notice for a few days that it was spelled wrong. 
She turned the R into a B further changing the name and then Nathan
with his perfectionist/Monk-like tendencies circled her mistake.  
Good times.
The point is each morning we take another ring off and read 
the verse about Christ's name.
Maybe someday we'll fix it, maybe not. 


  1. Oh, Lauren, I love it that you wrote "Chirst" and not "Christ" lets us know that you are tired like the rest of us. ;-) And it made me laugh out loud to hear that Nathan circled it--that is something my 8-year old would do too!
    Thank you for sharing the little joys going on in your home.

  2. Before kids my OCD was much stronger when it came to things like this. Now- I have to let go or my kids wouldn't get to do anything. He he he he