Our first Christmas in the farmhouse!
I couldn't wait to put up trees and lights--not to mention tons of live pine on every mantle and any and every where that was bare--literally, it feels like we are in the middle of Narnia. The tree lights--which I faithfully light every morning in all of the kids rooms and in the game room--and the smell of pine create such a cozy atmosphere!
New traditions in a new place mixed with old traditions and a ton of beautiful memories make our farmhouse feel like home! One of our old traditions is pulling out our little people manger set, a kid friendly nativity that has gotten lots of use through the years! When my boys were little, they lovingly referred to this set as "Baby Jesus with the Three Wise Guys". I love having this little nativity set that has been with us in each of our homes integrated into our farmhouse!
We have recently hosted holiday parties and birthday get togethers in the farmhouse, and it's proven to be a great place to entertain and gather with our family and friends! It's easy to get caught up in the details and the hustle of getting a party together; however, when we moved, I promised myself that, at the gatherings we host, I would try to not worry about the details so much and sit back and enjoy the party. I was hosting great parties and holidays but missing out on the experience! However, when I see the little people nativity in the middle of all the Christmas chaos, it reminds me to step back and experience what and who Christmas is truly about!
The manger is a beautiful picture of Christmas--not the lights and trees, or the oversized inflatable santas everywhere; and not the lists of things that need done, or the holiday hustle. The still quiet night our Savior was born--humble and simple.
"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord." Luke 2:11
Enjoy Christmas, enjoy festivities, but don't miss out on experiencing a divine encounter with Jesus this Christmas! In the busyness and the chaos and even in the excitement and celebrations, the Messiah can be all around you, yet you miss out on experiencing Him.
On that starry night, all of Israel was awaiting their Messiah-- yet most of them were too busy going about their lives to recognize His arrival. They thought the arrival of the Messiah would come in a way that was so grand that they wouldn't be able to miss it! They didn't anticipate the invitation to worship a king born in a manger of hay.
The invitation to you today is still that simple: to stop and worship the One who left all of heaven and came to earth to have a relationship with you! No matter what you're doing this holiday season--whether you're with family and friends or missing loved ones this year-- accept the invitation to stop and encounter Jesus in the simplicity of His presence!
Let the manger remind you to encounter Jesus this Christmas!
~ Merry Christmas from the Farmhouse xoxo