Friday, December 23, 2011

this christmas

gingerhouse1 copycandy copygingerhouse2 copy
It started out as flour. molasses. 
cinnamon, and ginger.
It was rolled and shaped and baked.
pieces. of a house.
It's walls went up--a bit crooked.
Its roof was placed on top--leaning just a little to the right.
Icing was dripped, candy was dropped.
A little bit funny, a lot imperfect, but a happy, happy house.
Made with all of the best intentions,
and a whole lot of sugar.
Is it perfect? Contest worthy?
Oh golly no.
But it wasn't about the end was about the fun that was had building it, together.

It reminded me of our own little house.
Wood. Shingles. Bricks. Bricks. Bricks.
Old. Small. Drafty. 
A little bit funny, many imperfections, a bathroom light switch in the hall.....
Is it perfect?
oh no.
But that's not what it?
It isn't about what it looks like, or the contents inside.....but the memories that are made within it's walls.

Our Christmas is simple.
It is small.
A silly little family. In a silly little house.
It may not look like much from the outside, but,
that's not what matters, is it?

Let us all remember that Christmas isn't about extravagance and perfection.
It isn't about how big the gift, or how perfect the bow that tops it.

On the first Christmas, our Savoir was born in the simplest of circumstances.  
Let us remember that HE is the reason for Christmas.
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
-Luke 2:11
painting by Carl Bloch
Screen shot 2011-12-23 at 12.05.26 AM
From our home, to yours,
Merry Merry Christmas.


Nellie and Jason said...

Is it weird that this made me cry!? And also really want to eat some gingerbread? Perfectly said.
Merry Christmas!

Marina Lind Schmitt said...

So very, very true. Thanks for this! And a very blessed Christmas to you too!

jody said...

beautiful. and such a wonderful gingerbread house! merry Christmas to you. xx

Jay Wen said...

that is adorable!! I've never made a gingerbread house.

kylie said...

beautifully written - beautifully done! i just can't get over your baking cooking perfections in the kitchen. lovely lovely indeed.

Rose /Magpie said...

Such a beautiful post! Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family :)

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you! :)

gram said...

.. Merry Christmas to my grands & littles in Utah. love from GG.

carlotta cisternas said...

this perfectly encapsulated the spirit of christmas. beautiful photos and wonderful words.

Tracy said...

What a wonderful tradition for your very cute family!

Joyti said...

Wow, that is so adorable! Merry Christmas.

kyleen said...

I love making gingerbread houses! Last year, we made a gingerbread house in culinary arts class. I used to do it every year when I was little, but then I stopped. Hopefully I'll stop being sick soon so that I can make a gingerbread house this year. Happy Holidays!

Tara said...

Well said! Love the photo of the kids with the finished house- how precious is that??

Vanessa Brown said...

just beautiful

icklebabe_com said...

Beautifully written! Hope yours was a very merry Christmas x

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