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Christmas In July....

I don't normally mention this, but I was reading a post earlier this week and thought that I would post about it because it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside (which is what I wrote to this person in her comment...).

Look at this? 

Don't you just LOVE this room?

Okay, now, head over and check out all of the pictures on Ashley's blog AND think about all of the warm memories that you get from just looking at these pictures!

And since we're talking about it... I'd love to have you share your favorite thing about the holidays and what you look forward to the most?

My response would be...

My most favorite thing about the holidays is the time that we get to spend with family and with each other.  I usually take the time between Christmas and New Years off and in doing that, we get to spend more time visiting with family and friends.  And sometime it's with people that we don't get to see much throughout the year, if at all through the year.  It's a time that allows us to just be together and love the season and time together.

And the thing that I look forward to the most is the decorating, decorations that other use, Christmas lights, Christmas Eve service at my home church, Christmas parties, holiday dinners, buying and giving gifts, holiday festivals, and family traditions.  All the things that you do during that season that can't be done during the rest of the year and that only mean something because of the people that you are with.

Thinking about this just makes me want fall to get here (my favorite season) so that we can scoot right into Christmas season....


Seeing those pictures just made me smile. I LOVE LOVE the holidays!

My favorite memory from Christmas is waking up Christmas morning with my sister and coming downstairs to see my mom, dad, and dog waiting in the living room with music playing, coffee/hot chocolate ready to go, and some delicious cinn. rolls hot out of the oven. After giving hugs Kristen and I look for the Christmas pickle in the tree and then one person is the Santa who passes out all the gifts.

I really hope that when we have kids that we will be able to start a fun tradition like this. I think the traditions and spirit of the holiday is my MOST favorite thing!

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