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Decorated Memories

Decorated Memories

Preparing our homes for Christmas is fun and at times a bit overwhelming. With our long to-do lists and the many details each item demands, it’s easy to forget the true reason for the season. So as we rush to place baby Jesus in the manger: let’s linger, share memories, and relish the precious gift of eternal salvation through Christ’s birth more than 2,000 years ago.

What an honor it is to gather around the Nativity and talk about how God’s past decision to send His only Son into the world makes our present joys and our future ones complete.

As you gather, ask each family member to share what Christ’s manger means to them. In doing this, you’ll be decorating your home, and the hearts of those who mean most to you, with the sweetest of memories.

Memories Are in the Making as Christmas Time Approaches

How do we create decorated memories? I’m going to share just a couple of special, simple ways with you:

Celebrate those gone to Heaven

If you are lucky enough to have had grandma’s antique biscuit bowl passed down to you, why not use it as a table
centerpiece?

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  • Simply place your favorite colored Christmas balls inside of the bowl.
  • Why not cut random pieces of ribbon and sprinkle them throughout the bowl along with the balls?
  • You can even use pretty, shimmering snowflakes for an embellishment.
  • Try jazzing it up by adding a few twinkle lights. Voila!

I smile each time I see my table centerpiece – an iron bowl adorned with Christmas balls, twinkle lights, and snowflakes with ribbon. It was a gift given me by my parents when they came to my home for a visit y
ears ago. Little did I know it would be my father’s last visit in my home before he left this world for his heavenly one. Needless to say, it is priceless and I love decorating my table with this tender memory.

Or, how about using an antique wooden tool box that once belonged to a special grandpa, as a whimsical candy display. Christmas doesn’t get any sweeter than this, my friends. Keep grandpa’s memory alive by sharing his sweet qualities with children who were born after his passing. This is a beautiful way of decorating memories while creating legacy.

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Make Every Moment Count

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Christmas is more than pretty decorations it’s remembering the ONE who remembered us.

Decorate a memory by inviting your children and/or grandchildren to help gift-wrap various sized boxes. I prefer using odd numbers of boxes—the larger the better—but you can use as many as you like and as many sizes as you prefer.

As you decorate these, make a memory that will last a lifetime by sharing a few special facts:

Before wrapping each empty box, place a rock inside to act as a weight. Talk about how Christ is the rock of ages.

While wrapping each box with pretty wrapping paper, talk about how Jesus wraps us in His love and covers us with protection.

Share how when Jesus comes into our hearts, we will never be empty again.  He will always live inside of us, keeping us steady and solid.

The important thing to remember is: You are doing more than vainly decorating. You are creating an environment where people gather to share good food, love, and laughter. Don’t underestimate the power of your efforts.

Enjoy the process, keeping in mind that there is no such thing as a perfect Christmas. Focus on making perfectly decorated memories that will last a lifetime. I’d love to hear how you decorated memories with your family and friends. I can’t wait to hear all about it.

Merry Christmas, Everybody!

By: LaTan Roland Murphy is a writer, speaker, and teacher who also has a decorating business – Interior Elegance by LaTan. LaTan loves encouraging families to be thankful for what they have and helping them use what they have to create beautiful things. (The decorations and pictures are originals of LaTan Murphy.) Visit her at latanmurphy.com.

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