Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tis the Season

We got a little festive these past few weekends! I am a sucker for anything "Christmasy". I love the decorations, the music, the wrapping paper, the snow...don't even get me started on Christmas movies!

After Gavin's birthday party Jason had a surprise for me. For years I have wanted to go look at Christmas lights with him. Well with cocoa in hand and a baby in the back seat, we made our way down to some of the most extravagant homes I have ever seen. Obviously professionally decorated, and the homes were beyond outrageously lavish - two front doors....really?

Lavish though they were, we loved ooing and awwing over their pricey light displays.

As much as I love the Christmas lights and seeing the large houses, I was all the more thankful when we got back to our home. It may not have two front doors, but it has all that I need!

Christmas isn't about the pretty lights and decorations - although they do get us in a festive mood, don't they?

You see, the night that Jesus was born wasn't full of twinkling lights, brightly colored bows, and I am guessing "Silent Night" wasn't playing in the background.
He came in the lowliest of places, and his first bed was used as a feeding trough for animals. 

In our efforts to remind ourselves and keep the focus on the main thing, we made a Ginger-manger. 
Cute right?

Well it was cute...then it fell. It wasn't perfect - that is for sure. 
On Pinterest this would be a "Fail". But the building isn't what it was about in the first place.

It was about that baby in the manger. Granted he was not as oddly shaped as our gingerbread baby.
 Jesus is why we can celebrate tonight. Christmas Eve - a night that wasn't probably perfect. No doubt it wasn't as Mary or Joseph had pictured bringing the Savior into the world. Into the imperfect night, a PERFECT baby was born. Christ the KING.

Merry CHRISTmas friends!
So thankful that He came to make a way for us in a manger!

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