This season makes me STOP in my steps, take a deep breath, reflect on my dreams, and just be in the moment. It’s one of the reasons the Christmas season is one of my favorite times of the year. There’s a tangible feeling of peace and joy amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday festivities, and I treasure having an excuse to end the day in front of the fireplace bundled up with my kiddos and a mug of hot cocoa.
The Christmas Season gives me a reason to remember what truly matters, and I can’t help but feel sentimental over our special family traditions. We love to watch Christmas movies and make gingerbread houses every year. Except instead of gingerbread, we use graham crackers and homemade icing… and then devour them after each one is judged. As we dance around the kitchen and bake together, I think about my kids and hope they will remember moments like these when they look back on their childhood— and just like Mary did, I collect all these moments and ponder them in my heart.
While I love celebrating family at Christmas, we know the real celebration comes from the invitation Christ extended to each of us to be a part of His family, which was made possible through His birth. So, as we gather around Christmas tables, I can’t help but feel a sovereign excitement that comes from the hope of Immanuel: God with us.
That excitement draws us all to gather around the Christmas table, and I want to share my decorating inspiration so that you too can be filled with anticipation for Christmas Day.
Before you start, I think it’s important to consider who will be there to enjoy your holiday table. The statement a table makes is completely dependent on what’s important to you and your family. Is it lighting? Sentimental pieces of nostalgia? is it all about the food? Or is it a hodgepodge of decorations? In order for your tablescape to make a statement, I think it needs to have greater meaning to your family, especially on a holiday.
For example, my Grandmommie passed away this past October, and this is the first Christmas she won’t be an anchor at our table. To honor her life and how much we miss her, we will have my Gamommie’s old recipes as the placemats at our Christmas meal. This might look different for you though— you could use old family heirlooms, family dishes or family recipes. The Findery’s Christmas tables have incorporated old Ledger’s that are original from 1908-2010, which are so special to our family because of the story they tell.
Whatever you incorporate into your Christmas table, even if you settle on simple paper plates, remember that what really matters are the people surrounding it and the sovereign excitement and divine peace that we celebrate on that day.
Merry Christmas to You and Yours,