Saturday, December 24, 2011

Closing the Countdown!

Well, we made it to the end.

Let me first say, thank you for following me along while I re-decorated my Christmas. We are really enjoying the new look.  Too bad it has to go down so soon.  The tree is drying up pretty quick.

It's the end.  Click above to see it all again!

 I wanted to show you the final touch to our Christmas.

December 24th:  Santa and the Christ Child

I didn't make it.  It wasn't frugal.  But it's the perfect addition to our "way back when" Christmas.  My dear mother surprised my husband with this present a few weeks ago.

While shopping at Hobby Lobby at the beginning of December, we saw this picture.  My husband just couldn't get over how much he loved it.  But we certainly didn't have the money to spend on something you put up only one month of the year.  So we passed it up.

You see, it meant so much to my husband because he is actually one of Santa's "helpers".  Shhh.  Don't tell anyone.  

That's my daughter looking very quizzically at Santa.  I think we fooled her this year, but it will probably be the last.

My husbands mom actually made this suit for him entirely - body suit and all.  It's incredible.  He doesn't do it for money, because he loves the feeling he gets when he does it.  He feels a great connection between the message of Santa and of our Savior.  That of Giving, Joy and Love.

That is why this picture really hit home for him.

And we had the perfect spot for it in our teeny tiny living room.  

We both enjoy the aspect of Santa at Christmas time.  But we want to teach our children that Santa is symbolic of Jesus Christ.  This picture is a good reminder.  We just love it. 

So, here is the tree with all it's final touches.

Not bad for such a sparse one, if I do say so myself.

But of course I can't leave you with just that.  Especially when my mother in law made such cute Christmas dresses for my girls.  


This post is turning into a Grandma brag fest, I'm afraid.  But that's okay.  They might be the only ones that would enjoy this :)

But aren't those dresses so adorable!  She really outdid herself this year.

I have my suspicions the little grumpy one in the center is getting one of Grandma's traditional homemade raggedy Anne dolls, so that is why she is in a 5 dollar Wal-Mart skirt I picked up.  I still think it looks way cute with the other girls.  But since she was sick and really tired today, that's the only picture of her you are going to see.   


I just love everything about these dresses!

They even kind of have the "way back when" look to them too!  Which is why I did a few "way back when" edits.


The girls can't wait to wear them again to church on Christmas morning.

They are so perfect for spinning.

And for the sit down, princess puff.  

Thank you Grandma!  We love them!

And now I will send you away for the Holidays - 
With a squishy face hug

And some Angel Kissy Love

Merry Christmas to you all!

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Heidi Meinecke-Smith said...

Thank you again for taking "us" on the journey of your Christmas!!! I must admit I got a bit teary-eyed reading about your hubby! It could be the pregnancy hormones but I hope it is just the spirit of Christmas being passed from one family to another!
I hope you have the Merriest of Christmases!!!

April@ Natural Nester said...

That is so lovely! Everything about your Christmas came together so beautifully, from the tree to the Santa print to your gorgeous girls! Thanks for inviting us along on the journey!

I hope your Christmas was especially wonderful!

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

I love the dainty crocheted lace detail on those dresses. And, your husband is AWESOME that he is Santa :) That would be the best "job" ever.

Monica said...

I have loved this Christmas Count Down!!! I hope you do something with it again next year (and I don't mean you have to over haul your Christmas again, I think your husband would be mad at me for that.) Your Charlie Brown tree also turned out great and those dresses Grandma made are so cute! Thanks for sharring all of your wonderful holiday fun.

Camille @ Camille's Casa said...

Love your blog, you are all sorts of amazing!

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

Love that Santa picture! I've been wanting to get some kind of Santa/Christ child picture for a while. This is one of the prettiest ones I've seen.

And your photography again is wonderful! I have such a hard time getting my kids to sit for pictures.

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