This year was a challenge when it came to decorating. 1) It is our first official Christmas in this house. There are several spots that could use a Christmas-y touch, but I just do not have deocorations to fill it all in. I would prefer to do it over time and add a little each year. 2) It did not help that after several moves about half of the decorations I had were broken. I figured at least it got me to clean out! I may not have chosen those particular ones, but that's ok! 3) Most importantly, I really want to make sure that everything we display points to the real meaning- the birth of our Lord Jesus. I know myself and I can get carried away with the decorating and spend more time and effort there than on actually celebrating the Birth.
So, I have come up with a few ideas. Some I will use next year so that I can get some after-Christmas deals. This one I wanted to go ahead and do- decorating with the Word and quotes.
I used cardboard (from a curtain rod package) and cut it into rectangles. I glued a piece of wrapping paper on to cover the cardboard. I printed 6 scriptures or quotes and glued them over the paper. Then, I just taped them to the inside of the cabinet door with raffia ribbon. It did not take long at all.
I love walking by and catching a glimpse of these words that remind me of why we are celebrating.
Here are the quotes/ scripture:
“…stand up and lift up your heads,because your redemption
is drawing near.”
Let every heart
prepare Him room
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him...
Come, Lord Jesus, come!
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in His word I put my hope.