Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas to All 2011: last minutes preparations and holiday blessings

The whole big-little world is busy with last minute holiday preparations for our one day of magic.  The unity is exciting and comforting.  Lots of food to prepare and packages to wrap! 

...these are a few of my favorite things!

We don't put out presents until the big day.  
It's all a surprise for the boys. 
These gifts are Christmas Eve gifts 
and are the only gifts they get to see before Christmas morning!

Brown paper bags and yarn have been my "go to" this year.  
I found these adorable elf printable tags! 
The little elf helpers are so charming and just cute.   

(*note: I cannot locate the source for these tags and I feel terrible.  If anyone knows where to print these, pretty please let me know so I can add a link! Thank you)  

Our home is full of anticipation.
  We have wide-eyed boys just like Christmases past...
There are light attitudes and excited voices for the celebrated finale to our year.


My 11 year old, Cameron, wrote a beautiful poem this month.   The boys were sending some Christmas love to one of my dearest friends and Cameron somehow wrote this poem in 15 minutes for her.  He is AMAZING.  I am just so proud of him and had to share! :)  I didn't edit it or touch it.  I love it so much.

It's Christmas Time

There's a scent in the air,
Houses are appearing so fair,
It's Christmas time!

It's kind of cold,
The wind appears bold,
But it's Christmas time!

People, in any form,
Are trying to keep warm
It's Christmas time!

We're thinking of others,
Moms, Dads, brothers,
It's Christmas time!

Giving our friends something 
they'll like,
Even if we can't make a it a bike,
For it's Christmas time! 

Even after all's been sold,
And decor is in fold,
We have memories to hold,

And friends which still exist.

-C. Moore
age 11

It makes me smile every time I read it.  And it is also the Christmas sentiments that I want to share with each of you this year.  Thank you for reading and for commenting always.  
I truly appreciate each one of you!

Have a magical Christmas, 
from our home to yours.

"I bring you good tidings of great joy"
"For unto you is born this day...a Savior which is Christ the Lord."

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Kelly Miller said...

His poem is awesome! What a gift.

b. said...

Super cute!! Everything looks perfect!!

ShanaM said...

What a great poem!!
And a really cool card!

Anonymous said...

What a great poem and your card is awesome..
Merry Christmas..

Joanne Kennedy said...

How sweet! You should make that your Christmas card next year. Or have it printed out on a large canvas and hang it up every year.

I love your brown paper packages tied up with strings. I was thinking of having that be my wrapping for next year. Every year I have a theme and I'm thinking about what it should be for next year already. That way I can go buy stuff at the after Christmas sales :) said...

I agree ~ that should be your family's card next year or have it framed :)

Merry Christmas and Happy 2012!