Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Mantel 2010: The Christmas Story





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I present to you our 2010 Christmas Mantel!
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So our house is small cozy.  That is totally fine with me.  We are a small family, and it suits us well.  I try my best to be content with what we have and not always strive for more.  But I must admit, there are some things I'd like to change.  Who doesn't want to do a little sprucing up of their home?  

As I share with you my Christmas Mantel, I also want to share that I am surely hopeful that someday, my mantel will have a makeover.  I'd like to beef it up, redesign the surround a bit, and flank it with two built ins.  I think it would go a long way in adding useable and beautiful storage and optimizing the large expanse which is this fireplace wall.  But because that is not going to happen today, or tomorrow, or before Christmas, this mantel will have to do nicely, and I will work every day to be content and thankful for the mantel I have.  And with that, let the Christmas story begin.

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So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 
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Luke 2: 4-5


While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
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Luke 2: 6-7


And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 
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Luke 2: 8



An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
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Luke 2: 9-12



Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”  When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
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Luke 2: 13-15


So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
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Luke 2: 16-20


After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
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Matthew 2: 1-2


When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 
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Matthew 2: 10-11


All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
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Matthew 1: 22



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Hallelujah! for the Christmas story and the birth of our Savior.
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I made stockings the first year we were married as a gift to the Hubbs.  Had no idea what I 
was doing.  But,  I did make a few extras for the twinkles in our eyes (our future munchkins!)

 

I used a rich, deep red corduroy for the sock portion and a burber type fleece for the top. 
For our initials, I found letter ornaments that would do the trick.  I haven't found the courage 
to sew them on yet because I always wonder if I will find letters I like better in the future..


 Some of our favorite Christmas stories to read as a family.  I've been collecting them over the years.

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Stay tuned for a DIY Wreath: From Faux to Woah! 
and a Pottery Barn Insired DIY Advent Calendar.

Also, our Christmas tree has made it's arrival.  Time to trim.  :)

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Blessings to you as you celebrate the Christmas season,


Linking to...
The Lettered Cottage   My Backyard Eden   BCD 125


7 comments:

  1. Gorgeous mantel! The stockings are just adorable. No one would ever know you hadn't made them before! The corduroy and fleece are perfect together. And I'm loving the ornament initials!! Thank you so much for linking to Homemade Christmas!

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  2. Oh, Holly, I just love your mantel and that you used the Luke version to tell the Christmas story in between the photos. It works very well. My daughter and SIL gave us several of those same pieces when they became engaged 8 years ago. I still use 'em with pride. Your Advent calendar is lovely, too. blessings on your day.

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  3. Thanks all! It's just not Christmas around here without the nativity on the mantel...well that, and there is really no other place to put it! :) It's a great visual reminder of why we celebrate Christmas. I am in awe.

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  4. Your mantel is gorgeous! I love the basket of books near the fireplace - so cozy!

    Thank for linking up to Too Cute Tuesday!

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