Christmas Gifts For Young Adult Children

Gone are the days that I get to purchase toys for my children. These days I get Christmas lists emailed to me and the gifts aren’t as fun to buy but at least I know they’ll like them.

I will say, both of our children are single and money is tight (Cory is paying back law school and Courtney is a single Mom)  so they appreciate anything we buy them!

Christmas Gifts For Young Adult Children

Here are some Christmas Gifts For Young Adult Children:

My son Cory is the fashion guru of the family. I know you thought it was me but I like to think I taught him everything he knows! Cory’s an attorney and a stylish one at that.

His favorite places to shop online are Hautelook.com, Nordstrom.comGilt.com, and JackThreads.com

These are some gifts Cory would like. I’m not sure about the French press but if you have a young man who loves coffee, it would make a great gift.

Christmas Gifts For Young Adult Children

 

Watch-Macy’s//Jogger pants-Macy’s (I ordered Cory these) //American Crew fiber for hair-Target//Skin care-Art of Shaving//French press coffee-Target

Courtney is also fashion conscious, and she is an amazing decorator. Her home is so cute! She has so much of her Nana (my Mom) in her. She loves TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Target.

Christmas Gifts For Young Adult Children

Boyfriend watch-Macy’s/Plaid scarf-Target//No7 foundation-Target//Fitbit-Target//Beauty blender-Sephora

Courtney and Cory have always been very close. They’re 15 months a part (Courtney is the oldest) and I’m proud of both of them. I’m excited to see what God has planned for their future.

Christmas Gifts For Young Adult Children

Do you have any great gift ideas for young adult children?

Beauty For the Heart~~One of the things my children will tell you is I still encourage them in their relationship with the Lord. I say this all the time but If I don’t encourage my kids to walk with the Lord, who will?

Scripture says, “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”

It doesn’t say stop after they turn 18 or 21 years old. Continue to share Christ and encourage your children no matter what their age!

Have a blessed day!

 

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I Need A Silent Night

Every December I begin the month wanting to prepare. Not for the get-togethers with family and friends, or for all the baking or gift wrapping, but I want to prepare my heart.

I Need A Silent Night

I don’t want to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle and miss the most important part of this holy season.

The world is trying hard to make us forget. To not let us celebrate His birth. But for me, it’s about Jesus’ birth. Scripture says,

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7

Today, slow down and soak up the gift of Christmas. A baby born to save the world. Maybe you need a Silent Night.

 

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Sunday Encouragement-Christmas Memories

Merry Christmas! I think we all love traditions this time of the year. We have traditions with our families and with our friends.

As we unpack our Christmas decorations many of them bring back memories of Christmas’ past. I’m sure you have a special ornament or decoration that reminds you of someone special.

One of the sweetest Christmas memories I have is of our Nativity scene. Growing up, Mom always made setting  it out special.

for unto us a child
Mom wrote an article about it in 1991 when she was the food editor at our local newspaper. I want to share that article with you.

“Christmas is a family all bundled up in love.”
We usually trim the Christmas tree the second week in December. The night’s a special one for our whole family because the beginning of the yuletide season finally becomes a reality.

The excitement of the night has everyone scurrying about in each direction. As my husband Doug, brings in the tree, the excitement mounts. Next, he gets the laborious job of digging the decorations out of the attic. The children start the Christmas music, and I make the hot chocolate and arrange the sugar cookies and buckeyes on a pretty plate.

As Doug brings the boxes down from the attic, they’re quickly opened and the carpet disappears as the decorations soon cover the floor. We all enjoy reminiscing over the handmade ornaments, the candy cane/lifesaver garland, the twinkle lights, the red bows, and the wonderful smell of the Christmas tree.

Before we trim the tree, though, we set up our “treasured” crèche (a manger scene). Doug and I bought the manger scene twenty-six years ago in downtown Lexington. It was our first Christmas together. We found the beautiful hand-painted crèche on a sale table in the back of Ben Snyder’s Department Store.

manger scene

 It had a price tag of $10.98. We bought the crèche and placed it on top of our television set in our new home – a trailer. Little did we realize how much that nativity scene would mean to us in the years that lay ahead.

For several years, however, it was treated like the other decorations at Christmastime. We just got it out and set it in its old familiar place – on the TV. It didn’t seem to take on the special meaning until our children were old enough to help arrange the figurines in their places.

During their growing –up years, the children carefully unwrapped the figurines and Doug and I retold the Christmas story and discussed the real meaning of Christmas as they placed each figure in its proper place. I’m not sure the little lamb was in its proper place, though. Blake insisted on placing the little lamb up in the loft. (How a lamb could climb up there in real life is beyond me!)

Traci loved hanging the angel on the nail where it belonged – at the top of the stable. Across the front of the angel’s robe is a banner that says, “Gloria!”. I laughed so hard the year Traci said, “Let me put Gloria up!” (She thought the angel’s name was Gloria!)

Cyndi gently placed the baby Jesus in the manger between Mary and Joseph. Then one by one we all unwrapped the other figurines and placed them in the nativity. When we finished, Doug slipped a new, white bulb in the back of the stable. The reflection from the light causes the glitter to sparkle brightly in the shape of a star, behind where the Christ Child lay.

Immediately, Doug turned all the lights out in the room, except the one in the nativity scene. As “Silent Night, Holy Night” or some other hymn plays in the background, we all stand back in awe and gratitude and reflect on God’s greatest gift to mankind – His son, Jesus!

Approximately five years ago, I came across another manger scene (identical to ours) at Hillenmeyer Nurseries. Inflation had sky-rocketed the price to over $300.00. Would I sell ours for $300.00? No way…I wouldn’t take a million dollars for the loving memories our family has already experienced and will experience in the years to come – not only family memories, but also memories of our Savior’s birth!

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Such sweet memories! I’ll never forget those Christmas’.

Christmas seems to be less and less about Jesus these days. Have you noticed how few nativity scenes you see in the stores. It’s not politically correct to have them anymore.

Let me encourage you today to NOT miss it. Don’t miss His birth, don’t miss the precious gift that God gave us. 

A tradition on my blog, is to play this song. Some of you have heard it, but there are many of you who are knew around here and you might not have heard it.

Either way, it’s a beautiful song that reminds that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

 

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family!

Merry-Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year but many of us remember loved ones and experience a mix of emotions because we are missing them.

Christmas in Heaven is a song dedicated to all of us that have lost a loved one. May we find peace and comfort during this time of the year.

 

From Our Family to Yours…..

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Last Minute Stocking Stuffers!

In case you’re heading out to shop today, here are some last minute stocking stuffers or gift ideas. Any girl who loves makeup and fashion would love these!

Last-minute-stocking-stuffers
1. Urban Decay Naked3-great eyeshadow!

2. Sephora Collection Heated Eyelash Curler-great for anyone who has straight eyelashes.

3. InStyle Magazine-This is one of my favorite magazines. Pop one in a stocking or you could get them a subscription to the magazine.

4. Sephora Collection Pro Angled Blush Brush #49-This is my favorite blush brush.

5. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil-This is my favorite eye pencil. I use the color demolition.

I love all these items! They would make great stocking stuffers and I’m sure you can still find them if you’re doing some shopping today.

Do you have any good ideas for stocking stuffers?

Beauty For the Heart~~For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Have a blessed day!

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Seeing Christmas Through The Eyes of a Child

There’s something about seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child. They make Christmas magical!

This year I’m seeing Christmas through Colt’s eyes. He loves the Christmas lights and when we drive by a house with lights, he says, “Merry Chrithmas” (that’s how he pronounces it. :-) )

Seeing Christmas Through The Eyes of a Child

I also love to hear children sing at Christmas. They’re voices are sweet and innocent.

Here’s one of my favorite Christmas songs sung by children from the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York City.

 

Merry Christmas and have a blessed Sunday!

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