A Few of my Favorite Things

We do colored lights on the tree at our house.

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19

How do you choose to decorate your home for Christmas?  Do you have favorite decorations that you put up every single year without fail?  Do you have a theme?  Are you restrained or do you go ALL in?  Are you traditional or do you lean contemporary?  This time of year there are so many choices to choose!

I like to think of my decorating style as McFarland-crafty.  And yes – I do know I made that up!  I like to make things up.  Making things up is lots of fun!  And therefore – many of my favorite Christmas decorations have been lovingly crafted by McFarland hands.

I love this sweet Santa Claus made from little Will’s 4 year-old hand.

I grew up in a house where creativity and craftiness weren’t valued.  It was pretty boring – even at Christmastime.  The Christmas tree had white lights and gold balls and only decorations that matched the beige living room where it sat.  (Snooze . . .)  The decorations came from a big box store.  They didn’t have any history.  They didn’t tell a story.  They had no personality.  (Total snooze fest!)

I lean the other way.  Now my house loudly and proudly declares that crafty folk dwell within its walls.  Actually – our home shouts this.  Our dining room centerpiece is always a huge wooden tray filled with a glorious array of craft supplies.  We make stuff – lots of stuff!  And we love it!  Our home is crafty and our Christmas decorations reflect our leanings.  

We make gingerbread houses every year.

Sophisticated and subdued just isn’t the way we lean with our Christmas decorating.  Our home’s Christmas decorating theme is likely an interior decorator’s nightmare!  Our theme is joyful celebration.  Our theme is all over the place.  Our theme is zany color.  Our theme is just about anything goes.  Our theme is let’s go for it!  Our theme is – no theme?!?  Our theme is McFarland-crafty!

This week I grabbed the camera and snapped a few pictures of my very favorite Christmas decorations – and I quickly noticed another theme.  Memories often go with the crafting.  My favorite decorations all seem to be centered around one or both of those two themes.  Many of my favorite Christmas decorations are chalk-full of special memories.

I had so much fun thinking about the memories behind my favorite Christmas decorations.  I felt so blessed by these memories.  My heart was filled to overflowing . . .

Our front door is literally covered with handcrafted magnets. All colored by McFarlands and I adore each and every one of them. We have them for most seasons of the year!

I highly recommend taking some time this week to appreciate your favorite Christmas decorations.  (And if – you still haven’t decorated for Christmas – it isn’t too late!). Take some time delight in the beauty of your favorite decorations.  Spend some time enjoying them.  Take a trip or forty-two down memory lane.  Give yourself the blessing of giving thanks.

Snap a picture or two or eight with your phone and send the pictures to your kids or grandkids or your dearest friend and tell them the story behind why you cherish these particular Christmas decorations.    

My pom-pom wreath made with dozens and dozens of handcrafted yarn pom-poms. It is huge and HEAVY!

Did your oldest daughter make that ornament when she was in Girl Scouts?  Did you find that nativity on a once in a lifetime trip with your beloved?  Is that Christmas bowl from your great-aunt?  Was that odd looking reindeer your son’s first Christmas present to you from his pre-school days?  What are the stories behind your favorite Christmas decorations?  Why do you put them up in your home year after year?

Enjoy your memories.  Delight in them.  Celebrate them.  Give thanks for them!

I pray you are all safe and well and finding ways to delight in the blessings of this most glorious of seasons.  You are in my heart, thoughts, and prayers.

A rainbow wreath made in honor of 2020.

In Christ and with Love –

Pastor Kerri

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