Friday

The Best Things About Christmas Aren't Things

I love this time of year! I love to splash red and green all over my house. I love hunting down that one light that won't work.... hehe

But it's really not about the stockings hung with care:


(the real and the pretend ones)


Christmas isn't only about Santa, although we sure do love that jolly old guy:


(Yes, we still believe):


Our tree is carefully trimmed with beloved ornaments collected and displayed:


Simple touches make me smile:


But Christmas isn't about these things I love:


It's not about things at all.

(A precious gift from my Russian friends)

30 comments:

Dee said...

Love you post! Pics are great and the message is too. That stacking nativity is lovely.

pendy said...

Love my Christmas 'things' but only because they hold so many memories of the parts of Christmas that are not things. Lovely post.

Kelly Hupcey said...

You are very right! Those things are lovely...beautiful pics btw! But they aren't what Christmas is all about! It's about our love for God and our family. It's good to stop and remind ourselves about the true meaning of Christmas!

Kelly
http://thepursuitofmommyness.com/

Carri said...

I love my Christmas decorations and can't wait to have more space to display it all. It always puts me in such a good mood. I love your stacking dolls they are gorgeous.

Widge said...

Gorgeous nativity set!! I love Russian dolls and I love funky nativity scenes. I have one on my blog today if you want a laugh ;)

Emily@remodelingthislife said...

Beautiful message. Lovely decor.

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

He's the Reason for the Season. Amen. YOur home is beautiful!

Isabella said...

So true. Merry Christmas.

JanMary said...

SO true - thanks for sharing.

I love your Russian Nativity set - I have some Christmas russian doll sets but they are all santas, snowmen etc!

I am having a Nativity Set Blogging Carnival on 21 December on my blog and would love you to join in with your Russian set if you have the time (which you probably don't!)

Meeks said...

thanks for sharing your home with us. I think the dolls are also great and SO original!

Cop Mama said...

Your house looks wonderful. I love the outline of your children with the stockings hung below.

Yes, thank you for the reminder. This is all about Jesus' birth. The rest is just for fun :-)

VIOLETA said...

Hello from Romania ,
please read the blog – My heart His words – please look at-post - Humbled and Convicted- , my friend Tammy Nischan wrote them the story and some pictures of some hungryes poors kids , what we try to help them for Christmas .Our LORD will be so proud of us if we will do something!We wish to help this kids hope that you will love the story !
I love you blog,
sweet blessings and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Suz said...

I too love Christmas! But like you ... it's not about the things, but the people and experiences. :)

VIOLETA said...

Hello from Romania ,
please read the blog – My heart His words – at archive blog please look at November - Humbled and Convicted-

, my friend Tammy Nischan wrote them the story and some pictures of some hungryes poors kids , what we try to help them for Christmas .Our LORD will be so proud of us if we will do something! Many kids dont have food ,or Christmas tree becouse theu are so poors ! I fight so much to help this kids but i cant alone ~ if anyoane wants to know much more or wish to help in anyway you can please let me know email me at :

tibivio72@yahoo.com
I love you blog,
sweet blessings and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Violeta

Amanda said...

lovely! and those stockings under the kids sillouettes are adorable! love the splash of green in the family room!!

Viki said...

Lurker here. I loved this post very beautiful. I have to tell you your pictures are lovely and I might be crazy LOL. I had to enlarge the picture of your fireplace. It looked like there was a goat head coming out the fireplace LOL. I see it's just a pillow. Am I the only one that thought that or am I just CRAZY ;-)

Mindy Skains Independant Scentsy Consultant said...

I would love to have my house decorated year round. THere is just something about the decorations that make everything seem so right.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Beautiful post, lovely home & precious message.

Christmas blessings to you and your family Kristen!

Hoping to see you in a few weeks at Blissdom?

Melissa

Heather said...

Beautiful home and decor!! Love it all! Merry Christmas!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Great post and great tour. I loved it!
Blessings,
Debbie

Mrs. Dunbar said...

I love your Russian Nativity scene. What a treasure.

Cheers and Merry Christmas.

jan said...

Great home tour!! I always enjoy reading your blog, although I have never commented before. Then I saw the photo that made me de-lurk :)

I have a black hutch in my dining room that I've been wanting to update up with a color or pattern on the back surface. I really like the way yours looks! Can you tell me what you used... is it paper, fabric, or ?

Thanks for any details you can give me. I wish your family a very Merry Christmas.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your home is just beautiful! May many wonderful Christmas memories be made within its walls.

Our home is having an old fashioned handmade Christmas this year. I hope you will stop by.

Cathy said...

I love your china cabinet and your decorations on it too. And I love the message of your post.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Your black hutch with the white ironstone rocks! Loved the message, too. :)

Michael, Trisha, Grace, and Anna said...

♥ your decorations! Your house looks fabulous, very festive! May you be blessed beyond measure this Holiday Season! Thanks for sharing.
Blessings~ Trisha

mary bailey said...

Your home is so lovely and festive. I especially love your Russian nesting nativity! Thanks for letting us take a peek. Merry Christmas!

Island in the Mist Photography said...

The Russion Nativity is amazing! I collect nativity scenes, and that one is just beautiful! Yeah to your amazing friends who gave it to you!

Bonnie said...

Can I ask where you got those silhouettes done? I'd love to get some made for my mom, but I'd love a recommendation, so I can be sure they'd be done well. Thanks and merry Christmas!

Kristen said...

Hi Bonnie,
I actually made the silhouettes myself. It's very easy! I just took profile pictures of my kids, enlarged them to 8x10, cut out the faces and painted the BACK of the photos black.
I have a post about it under DIYP if you'd like to see pictures.