One of my favorite things to do during Advent and into the Christmas season, is to sit in my family room at night with no lights on except our Christmas tree (and the fireplace, which illuminates our Christmas stockings) It warms my child-like heart so much and I actually feel our Lord's Holy Presence in a kind of visibly and almost tangible way
(How my heart danced with thanksgiving as Jeremy struggled to make them all fit under the mantle of our fireplace)
Now I am just bragging about my children and I apologize
Unfortunately, last year we were unable to decorate for Christmas, which really wore heavy on our hearts, as it was a constant reminder of the stresses that our family was facing. As much as we tried to focus on preparing our hearts through family prayer time and Advent reflections, we struggled to get passed the absence of the beautiful and eye-pleasing decor.
Jesus gifted us with our most precious five senses, to be able to fully experience our amazing faith throughout the Liturgical year, both spiritually and physically. He is all knowing......for our human-ness yearns to "feel" God using each different sense.
Isaac LOVES baby Jesus (all of us do) so the children have always had their OWN Nativity that they could reach and touch
(Isaac kissing Baby Jesus...he even gives baby Jesus rides on his toy fire engine.....what a delight little Isaac is to our Lord)
It is not always His Will, though to allow us to experience Him with all five senses, as the definition of faith is a "Belief based solely on spiritual apprehension, rather than physical proof" (Doubting Thomas)
"They told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he replied, "I won't believe it unless I see the nail wounds in His Hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound of His Side."
Last year's lack of decor was surly a most beautiful sacrifice that our hearts gained so much strength from, but now that our Lord has allowed a time of new life for our family, this year we pulled out all of stops for a truly Royal Celebration for our New Born King.
A couple of years ago, I finally bought a Grand Nativity Scene that proves to be more glorifying to our Royal King.
Our little Nativity has always been very pleasing, but I felt like our Nativity Scene needed to be the most resplendent of Christmas decor
This now adorns our dining room table and is the first thing that you see as you enter our home
SOME OTHER DECOR AROUND OUR HOME
(Mainly so that next year I can refer to this blog post and remember where everything goes)
It looks similar to the Advent house that I grew up with
St. Nicholas does make an appearance on our kitchen table with some bells, hanging from the chandelier
When it is time to take the Christmas decor down (on the Feast of the Epiphany) our house looks so Barren
Last year we could not decorate outside either, so we were the grinches of the entire neighborhood! So, this year we made up for it with a big lights display.....maybe a little too bright, but the kids love it and hopefully it brings joy to all who pass by our home at night
THANK YOU JESUS FOR THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!
May this Advent be fruitful and joyous in your soul
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR MOST PRECIOUS LORD JESUS CHRIST.....KING OF ENDLESS GLORY
I love you Jesus with all of my heart and I will forever Praise You for all of the blessings that you have so lovingly and mercifully bestowed on all of us