The Christmas season is in full swing and many among us have been busy decking the halls with boughs of holly, dressing trees and stringing lights; and I’m no exception.
My heart has been singing as I’ve been stringing. That’s because I absolutely adore seasonal decorating!
Almost every holiday offers a reason for me to do a lighted window display. One day I’m going to work up the nerve to decorate for St. Patty’s day! Until then, I’ll have to enjoy my neighbor’s display. 😉
I couldn’t wait to decorate the interior of my home. Here are a few of my favorite shots…
This snowman welcomes friends and loved ones as they enter our home.
This ledge is a constant reminder that Jesus is the true reason for the season.
This friendly guy is nestled in a bouquet of poinsettias in the corner of our living room.
This past weekend I finally got around to finishing the exterior of our home.
Here’s our front window . . .
(It’s identical to last year. If it ain’t broke I don’t fix it!)
and the flower box under our window . . .
I believe that it pleases God when I work on making my home a place of beauty.
Scripture teaches the importance of women keeping a warm and loving attitude towards our family and our homemaking responsibilities . . .
“Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God” (Titus 2:4-5).
God’s very own portrait of a virtuous woman is one who “works with eager hands . . . sets about her work vigorously . . . watches over the affairs of her household” (Proverbs 31:13, 17 & 27).
Having a heart that creates beauty is having a heart after God’s own heart.
The very first thing the Bible tells us that God did was to “create” (Genesis 1:1). Just imagine, of all the things God could have chosen to do first, He created!
Not only does nature reveal God’s glory; it demonstrates that God enjoys variety, loves beauty and is creative. God uses jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring splashes of color throughout all of creation to bring us pleasure and get our attention. I suggest we borrow a page from His playbook!
Use your creativity to make your home an environment your family can thrive in!
Some people are born with an extra helping of creativity. The rest of us can cultivate it: you can learn how to produce beauty by training yourself.
If you feel you’re lacking creativity, ask the Father to make you more creative! James 1:5 encourages us to ask God for what we’re lacking . . .
“If any of you lacks wisdom [or creativity] he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” [“or creativity” added]
If you’re wondering where to start, here are a few easy and inexpensive suggestions:
Add a seasonal decorative throw pillow . . .
Poinsettias (featured above with snowmen) are a festive and inexpensive way to bring the great outdoors into your home during the Christmas season. They cost relatively pennies on the dollar for the value they offer. The best bargains can be found at flower markets and the big chain stores.
Take the ledge of a window or shelf and merchandise it with buffalo snow (about $5 for a large bag) and whatever seasonal decor that excites you.
My favorite new additions this season are these adorable snowman jars which not only help to dress my kitchen but provide functionality as well. My kids will love to see them make an appearance every Christmas.
(I sort of have a thing for snowmen. 😉 )
Because my heart is at home for the holidays, I’ll be busy creating beauty. I hope you create some, too!
Merry Christmas from my home to yours!
Chime in! Do you enjoy decorating for Christmas? Have any decorating tips to share? Holla back in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you and learn more!
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