It was our second Christmas as husband and wife this year, and we decided to pull from what we loved about last Christmas and replicate this year!
Last year we spent Christmas in Lake Arrowhead, you can read about our first Christmas here! We spent the weekend away, just the two of us, in a cabin two hours outside of Los Angeles (where we were living at the time).
We loved celebrating our first Christmas without any obligations, commitments, or events to attend. It was just us, in the woods, with our coffee, Bibles, pj’s, and gifts for one another. There was something so magical about being alone with Jeremy on our first Christmas. We were able to create our own traditions and decide how we wanted to spend the day as a new family.
This year we decided to stay home in Bend, Oregon just the two of us again!
We had spent lots of time in Portland (where we grew up) with friends and family during the month of December. We were able to attend Christmas parties, cookie decorating, and traditions with both our families throughout the month. So Christmas day we decided to stay at home in Bend. Plus my family always comes to Bend the day after Christmas anyways!
So we nestled up in our snow covered home, with our Griswold Christmas tree, and Pine (our kitten).
On Christmas Eve I spent most of the day baking, cooking and wrapping gifts. Then we dressed up and went to Christmas Eve service, and spent the evening with our community in Bend celebrating over a massive feast. It was a peaceful, joy-filled day, followed by yet another one.
Christmas morning we slept in in our Christmas sheets and new PJ’s. I made us French Toast Dutch Babies as I like to call them, and we drank our full of coffee and cuddles.
As we sat by out tree and looked at the gifts beneath it, we both experienced a heart piercing urge to be thankful. To “count it all joy.” We are blessed. Thankful. And overwhelmed with joy. Our house is warm, we are healthy, and we are capable of buying and making each other gifts. Both Jeremy and I love coming up with creative gifts to give/make one anther. We share in this Love Language. Even if it is something as simple as my favorite chocolate bar and a sweet note, it fills my heart to the brim. Thank you Lord for giving me a man who loves me the way that I am best loved.
We opened stockings, and watched Christmas Vacation and The Lego Movie (a favorite and a tradition to watch on Christmas). Jer and I love the Lego Movie. We even dressed up as Wild Style and Emmet for Halloween at the pumpkin patch if you missed it!
As the morning went on we slowly and casually opened our gifts, both of us surprised and shocked by what we gave each other. Jeremy made me a wine rack from reclaimed wood pallets! It is not hanging on the wall in our kitchen and looks just majestic as ever.
He also made me something that I have been wanting for a longgggg time. A couch cozy! I can put my journal in book in the side of it, and have coffee and write on the top of it! It’s just the most convenient thing ever and Jeremy designed and built the whole thing from complete scratch. He continues to blow me away with his creativity and talents.
Jeremy and I (but mostly Jeremy) have been into Chess lately. It’s just been something fun to do in our evenings when we are hanging out. We even take our chess board to the bar a few blocks down the road, and play a few games over french fries and beers. Lately, Jeremy’s fascination with the game has grown… so I decided to have a modern version of a chess table made for him for Christmas! I found this small company based out of Florida called, Grove and anchor, and I noticed they had done a lot of custom woodworking. I reached out and asked if he could make me a kitchen table (since we didn’t have one) that doubles as a modern chess table. He said yes!! It turned out even more fabulous than I had imagined. And we have been glued to the table ever since! Even Pine loves it!
One of the traditions Jeremy and I started on our first Christmas taking a polaroid photo, writing on it, and hanging it as an ornament on our tree each year. As our family grows and the years go on we will have many polaroid photos turned into Christmas ornaments hanging on our tree! Here is a photo of last year’s and this years!
And of course we had Christmas soup, which jer likes to call, “Chocolate IPA Soup” because of its ingredients. I will share the recipe soon! It’s the perfect winter soup! Especially with some Egg Nog and Bailey’s.
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23
May you feel and know an ever increasing measure of Emmanuel, God with you, in the coming year. Abundant blessings.
I hope everyone’s Christmas was warm, merry, and bright!
If you are subscribed to my blog you should have also received our Christmas Card! If not click subscribe in the upper right hand corner of this page! Thanks to all those who shared their Christmas cards with us! Here as some of the cards we thought were just too cute!
Thank you for sharing!!! Love to you all!