Top Christmas Picks and A Question for You

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Wow- this blog sure is a happening place at Christmas! It’s almost as busy as my house. I thought I should be sure to share all the great spaces that many of you love around here before time runs away from us. If you want Christmas printables, prayers or poems, I’ve got you covered! So here are the top Christmas picks and a question for you at the end.

Christmas Gift Tags with Bible Verses

Chalkboard prints are all the rage, so don’t miss these FREE Bible verse gift tags designed to remind us of the reason for the gifts. Check out the full .PDF HERE, but here’s a sneak preview of one:

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 A Prayer for Christmas Day

This Christmas prayer has been very popular on Pinterest and I’d love for you to share it.

The Wordless Book and Christmas Ornaments

So what do the Wordless book and Christmas ornaments have in common?

Just in case you’re unfamiliar with a Wordless book, the book is simply pages of colors and you can share the Gospel story as you turn the colored pages. This post helps you use Christmas tree ornaments to share the gospel in wordless book format.

Different Christmas Gift Tags with Bible Verses

This set includes the verses of Isaiah 9:6 and Matthew 2:10.  You can find these HERE.

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Twas the Plight before Christmas

A poem rewrite to make you think.

Original Christmas Quotes

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12 Days of Christmas for the Hurting

My Christmas Ebook!! 12 devotionals to bring you closer to Christmas when your heart is hurting. For the complete description,

head over here.

Don’t miss the posts from earlier this week! I wrote You Want the Perfect Christmas for church last Sunday and Tuesday I shared 6 Favorite Christmas Children’s Books. 

And now my question for you. I haven’t had much time to scope for holiday recipes. I gathered a few and made a Pinterest board for them yesterday, but they were all desserts! I have to feed my family more than desserts. (I know, bummer, huh?) So my question is:

Do you have any holiday recipes that you can share? I’d love to read them in the comments today!

Thank you! See you tomorrow with another fabulous Christmas book giveaway!



You Want the Perfect Christmas

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Have you ever thought you could achieve the perfect Christmas?

Pull it all off without glitches?

Give everyone the exact gift they want?

I’ve wished for it. Thought on it. But never truly achieved it.

Is the perfect Christmas a possibility?

You Want The Perfect Christmas

You want the perfect Christmas?

To keep the traditions

You coordinate renditions

Of colorful gift wrap and ribbons.

“Twas the night” is included

No dance of the Nutcracker excluded.

Yet they don’t fulfill.

They simply spill

A few sprinkles of temporary happiness

Like the sugar cookies baked from scratch,

You catch a momentary glimpse of joy

Then it’s gone.


You search for the perfect gift.

Avoiding the snuggies,

A Red Rider won’t work,

Yet you can’t shirk

This once a year opportunity to please

The ones you love

How hard can it be?


You strive for holiday bliss.

The Christmas bells ring;

Lovely carols you sing

Because you have no doubt

that the best way to spread Christmas cheer

Is singing loud for all to hear.

Yet your soul feels worse

Your spirit perhaps cursed

And your heart as small and unfulfilled

As the Grinch in his sled on top of the hill.


You want the perfect Christmas?

He waits for you at the stable

See him lying as a babe in a manger

His life laid down for you a stranger

His birth

His blood

His joy

All for you and it all began with

The Perfect Christmas.

Don’t miss it.

Relive it.

Soak it in.

Be renewed in Him.

When you get what it means

To have the perfect Christmas,

Then truly

It’s a wonderful life.


Silent Night Spoken Word from Cypress Church on Vimeo.

Our Christmas Card

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Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

This family photo isn’t the best- but it’s not the photographer’s fault! The fall day we scheduled to shoot, our crazy Ohio weather forecast was 56 and sunny. The only problem was that the forecast was totally wrong and the temperature was 32 instead. So we had a little adventure and encountered some wind. Hey, I’ll be the first to tell you that my hair is not exactly in place all the time anyways. So what’s a few windblown hairs! ;)

Back- Matt (my loving hubby), myself, Tessa (the baby), Tiff (the oldest) and Zach (her husband)

Front- Tristina- (our sweet rose born between the boys), Tarah- (God’s gift after miscarriage), Taylor- (our special needs girl who REALLY hates cold weather and especially wind) Samuel- (barely tolerating the need to hold still), and Michael- (growing up way too fast)

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19

Thank you for reading and supporting our family through the blog and our ministries. We are so grateful for each and every one of you!

Many new and exciting things are slated to come in 2014! We ask for your prayers as we  continue to travel the road God has for us.

I’d love to pray for you and yours this week. Just leave a comment with your request.

Much love,