christmas eve


my dress i wore to sing in church

it’s that time of year again, when most of us gather around a tree with lights and ugly shapes hanging from it and open boxes covered with contrasting colors of shiny paper in the name of family. but what is christmas really about? this could just be another cheesy post about keeping christ in christmas, or making sure the focus is on family and love rather than presents. but today i want to talk about something else: memories.


a close-up of the living room tree
when we take photos of events we want to make sure they are good quality and that we’ve taken enough. why? to save the memories for a later time. while it’s true that not everyone who celebrates christmas does so for religious reasons, it is true that we all want it to be a day of happiness, whether that be at a large family gathering, a party, or home on the couch with a sibling or two. we all want to have good memories to look back on when times aren’t great. and so this christmas, let’s think, of course, about family and Jesus, but let’s make memories to treasure later when those other things feel far away.
wrapping presents is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays

“but zion said, ‘the Lord has forsaken me, and the Lord has forgotten me.’ [the Lord replied,] ‘can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? even these may forget, but I will not forget you. behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.'” – isaiah 49:14-16

outdoor decor

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