Friday Links {Christmas Edition}

Friday Links are a round-up of my favorite posts/videos/projects/photos from around the web.

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I honestly can’t believe Christmas is over.  December flew by, but it was such a rich, sweet season. We had such a wonderful time celebrating this season with our families.  We spent Christmas Eve with Bryan’s family and then went to the Family Christmas Eve service at our church. It is probably my favorite service of the entire year. The kids dress up as the characters from the nativity story, and we tell the story of Jesus’ birth as we celebrate the gift of love and peace. It is absolute chaos—kids screaming, crying, and laughing throughout the entire thing. I’m pretty sure Jesus would LOVE it! 🙂

We drove to my parent’s house after the service for dinner and some of our favorite Christmas Eve traditions—family game night, Christmas movies, and wine (which we need to get through family game night). We spent the night there and woke up open gifts from Santa (and yes, my sisters and I still put out cookies for Santa every single year). We spent the rest of the day visiting extended family, baking cookies, going to see Unbroken, and just being together. It was such a great Christmas!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, too! Happy Friday! XO

For your weekend reading pleasure…

  • There are a lot of posts about holiday decor circulating, and I love this one from House of Turquoise (especially the mantle).  Is it sad that I’m already excited about decorating next year??
  • This incredibly beautiful post from Ann Voskamp on suffering and Christmas.  God is so moved by our being entangled in suffering—that he moved himself into our world and entangled himself in the suffering with us. God with us. 

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