Christmas Tree 2013 ~ family traditions

We have several family traditions that we like to keep during the Christmas season. One of those traditions that we love to do, is going to pick out our Christmas tree. Every year, usually the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we head out to choose a tree. The past couple of years, our oldest son hasn’t been able to join us, but this year, he made sure that he was off work. We enjoy this time with one another, to bond together as a family and to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus.

Samuel and Claire

Samuel and Claire

I love watching the kids run from tree to tree, checking out the size, if there are any holes in the tree, is the trunk straight. They look at everything! Even the older two kids get into making sure the tree is just the right one.

Michael and Claire

Michael and Claire

This day was no exception. It had to be just the right one. They looked at almost every single tree in the lot. It was so much fun and a lot of joy, watching the kids. All the laughing, smiling and joking with one another, brings so much happiness to this momma’s heart.

Sarah and Samuel

Sarah and Samuel

They did finally all agree on one tree and then we were on our way home with it, tied to the top of the van and joking all the way home, wondering if we would have a tree still attached to the van.

Once we got home, dad put the tree in the stand and then we got the tree set up in the corner of the room. Dad then gets the lights and puts them on the tree. We usually let the tree settle with the lights and then the next day, the kids put the ornaments on the tree.

Kids decorating tree.

Kids decorating tree.

I love watching the kids decorate the tree. They look at each ornament and always ask, “who made this ornament?” Or “who gave us this ornament?” I love reminiscing with the kids about Christmas’ of the past.

Some of the ornaments that are our favorites, I am sharing below. The angel topper is 20 years old. We got that angel when our oldest son was 11 months old. It has been with us through our moves to NC and CO. I look forward to seeing my husband put it on the tree, every year.

Angel Topper

Angel Topper

Being from Florida, we are huge Florida Gator fans. When we moved to NC, we had a friend who didn’t want us to forget about Florida and he sent us these ornaments. The kids are so careful when they put these on the tree. They make sure they are up at the top, so they don’t get knocked off.

Gator Ornaments

Gator Ornaments

Other than our angel topper, I think my favorite ornament is one that I painted with the kids. It truly summarizes what the who Christmas season is all about. Jesus. All because God sent His precious Son to us, in a Holy Night.

O Holy Night.

O Holy Night.

My husband and I do our best to teach our children about Jesus and why we celebrate his birth. While we have some amazing traditions, teaching them about Jesus is our most important one.

What Christmas traditions do you have with your family? I would love to hear about them!

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a Colorado sunrise and sunset


The sunrises and sunsets that we have seen since we have been living in Colorado, have truly been amazing. I never get tired of watching God’s creation. This blue and orange sky was just a little more special tonight with the Denver Broncos beating the Kansas City Chiefs. It was almost like God was smiling on us, the Denver Broncos fans. The picture of the sunrise was taken with my phone. It just did not
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Colorado Symphony ~ field trip


A couple of weeks ago, the kids and I were able to attend a program for kids, put on by the Colorado Symphony.  We went to a program last year and loved it, so the kids and I were really excited about the concert this year.  Music is a big part of our family and any time we have a chance to experience different types of music, we do our best to attend. This year,
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My Christmas Wish: A Devotional Prayer Journal for Kids ~ review


Disclaimer: I received this ebook in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own thoughts. Affiliate links are included in this post.  If you purchase anything, I will get a small percentage.  This does not affect your price at all.  As a parent, it is important for me to teach my kids the true meaning of Christmas. While we talk about Jesus being the true meaning of Christmas and we read the bible to
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The Answers Book for Kids Volumes 5 and 6 ~ review


I am excited about this months books for Moms of Master Books review.  That’s right, I said books!  We received the two newest books from The Answers Book for Kids by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge. If your kids are like mine, then they tend to ask a lot of questions. It is just their way, they are always curious. Sometimes it can be hard to answer questions when you just don’t know how to
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