Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tis the Season

For family night last night we set up our nativity. My hubby has given me new pieces to this nativity each Christmas for the past several years.
I love it. The " willow collection" to me is the simplest in form, magnifying our saviors birth. There is a sense of purity in the faceless figures that embellishes the the sweet peace of His birth.

Lil' was so excited to find her Cinderella Christmas tree in all the Christmas packing. I am not sure I was, it is also a musical tree. She plays it all the time.

Saturday Daddy decided that we should go to the festival of trees. This is an annual event where an enormous expo center is filled with themed Christmas trees. Each tree is donated, then sold. All proceeds go to the our local children's hospital. We didn't purchase a tree. Most of them were sold, plus they were priced at 100's to 1000's of dollars.

Here are a few of the trees the kids liked.

Upon leaving the expo center we entered the bitter cold where the beginnings of our first huge snow storm was brewing. Each snow flake seemed to be falling independently instead of in clumps. The flakes would alight on our clothes and we could see the intricacies of each flake. I was amazed and in awe. Many years have gone by since I had examined an individual snow flake. I got more enjoyment at showing the kids all the different flakes and watching them melt than looking at all the expensive, worldly if you will, Christmas trees. It instilled a peace, quietness and reverence for all God's power. I am ever grateful for having noticed the season.


susan said...

Beautiful post! I realized I have never built a snowman with #7. I will remedy that this year. I have always been in awe of all the things you do with your children. It's beautiful to watch.

Cowboy mom said...

I wanna go out and look at snow flakes. It's been a LONG time since I've done that.


Mummy McTavish said...

I love that nativity! I also love the photo of lil with her cinderella tree, SO CUTE.

and I wanna see a snowflake! The boys don't understand the whole summer vs winter christmas and want it to snow (in the tropics). it rained the other day so we told them it was snow that had melted before it hit the ground, it seemed to satisfy them.