Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Tour of Homes & A Question For You

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Another year, another tour of the Christmas decor. Click over to Boomama's if you want to tour 250 plus homes and see lots of prettiness.

Welcome to the Mincy home! Here we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ! What a reason to celebrate!!! What would we have done if He did not come to earth?

Just one more picture of my mantle. My faithful readers are surely getting sick of the mantle!!!!
And how I wish I would have made a fire before I took this picture.

Look at the cute tags from one of my etsy favorites- KadyHope.

An easy treat to make: Peppermint Bark (click here for the recipe). I made this last night in about 15 minutes. Added a few sprinkles and chocolate chips along with the candy canes.

new family favorite Christmas dessert

Frozen Peppermint Delight
1 pkg oreos, crushed
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 gallon peppermint ice cream, slightly softened
1 carton cool whip
crushed candycane

combine cookies and butter. Press into an ungreased 13x9 pan. spread ice cream over crust, top with whipped topping and a chunk of candy cane.
So here's my question: We are trying very hard to keep Jesus as the focus of this season, we have had Birthday parties in the past- with a cake and candles for Jesus. I have thought about having the kids make things to give to Jesus- maybe a letter? Or a drawing? Then maybe put all of these things in a box to look at each Christmas? Does anyone else have any ideas? Kids need tangible ways to show their love. We can talk to God- we can give Him our time and give $$ at church and to the needy....but is there more of a way for a child to give a present to the Lord?

Here are our Nativity scenes that I did not picture here.


ko said...

love it! I think your house is my FAVORITE HOUSE! MY DREAM HOUSE!!!!!!! I LOVE IT! AND WE ALL LOVE YOUR MANTEL> You could show it to us everyday and we could never get sick of it!!! :) I also love love love that sign in your entry that says "welcome to the mincy's" That is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE! You are so CREATIVE! We are going to have a BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS! :) And I really might do the Drawings for a box...that is a GREAT IDEA TOO!

Anonymous said...

I think that your house is amazing! I love Love LOVE the color! So creative, so festive! It made me smile. Merry CHRISTmas!

Abby said...

Your house is so cute! I love all of the bright colors you use!

We always did the birthday cake and sang for Jesus on Christmas day. I don't have kids and I'm not sure how old your kids are, but could they draw pictures of how they can give a gift to God? Whether that's not fighting with their sibling or helping clean up their toys.. like I said I don't have kids so I don't know how well it would work, just a thought!

Thanks for letting us tour your home!

Anonymous said...

i've been wondering the same thing...we always have a birthday cake for Him and sing...and count down the days to HIS BIRTHDAY, ya know, instead of saying CHristmas...make sense? we are focusing a bit more on others this Christmas, too. it seems they understand more clearly this year that there really are homeless people and poor people. so ya, i need some good ideas, too!
so glad you're enjoying your tags. :)

skB said...

very fun, Sara:) I think I might have to try the peppermint dessert--I think Steve would love that one.

Love your mantle especially!

Keetha said...

How fun and festive! Your home really has a warm holiday feel. I enjoyed the visit.

Anonymous said...

Your kids' friends must think you're the coolest mom in the world! I certainly think you are!!!

Anonymous said...

Your home is magical! Thankyou for sharing it. My husband's birthday is also Christmas Day, so we are conscious of it being a celebration of birth... I have an old cradle that my dad made for me when I was born. We have used that to put presents into, to remind us and our kids that Jesus is our greatest gift. There is great joy and meaning in not just giving gifts, but RECEIVING gifts, and learning to receive them well. When you don't receive well, you steal joy from the Giver!We focus on that, I guess... what Jesus wants from us is for us to receive the gift He offers with deep gratitude, joy, delight.

Anonymous said...

I love the focus on the Nativity scenes at child level. Beautiful home!


The Metcalf family said...

Looks like a fun place to be! We just put snowflakes in our window last week...I forgot how theraputic (sp?) making them could be! =D

Frugal Finds said...

Very colorful! It would be hard to be in a bad mood in this house!!

Heather said...

your home looks beautiful, so much to see!! Thanks for sharing and I so enjoyed the tour!! Merry Christmas!!

Keri said...

What a great question. I will look foward to reading all the comments. While Caleb is still young, I want to make sure the focus is on Jesus, and that he will grow up and always have his focus on Him.

Anonymous said...

Merry CHRISTmas! I love your house and the desserts are SOOOO good!

Stop by my house on your way home!

Gregg and Erin said...

Oh My! My favorite home! I love everything about your house... Merry Christmas!

Dana and Daisy said...

yes! they can give their hearts!

What a lovely home you have. Thank you for the peppermint bark, it was delish!

Please come over and visit us anytime.
Love, Dana and Daisy
A Cat in My Lap

Laura D said...

As always I LOVE your house and decorations! I wish I could see it in person.
I've really been thinking alot about making Christ the center of Christmas. Growing up my family did things "differently." Everything was the same as everyone else, lights, tree, goodies..except we never had presents for each other or any one else. (Saved gift giving until Valentine's Day, which is really big in my family.) We always had a Birthday party: Sang songs with Dad playing the guitar, talked about what the Lord was doing in our lives, read the Christmas story, had a special birthday cake, etc. We didn't start this until I was in 5th grade. My sister's, however, were young and they did things like give the nursery one of their favorite toys.(They choose what they wanted to do with a little encouragment from Mom and Dad.) The focus was always totally on Christ and not ourselves. Roderick and I are "doing presents", but trying to keep them small. (Finding that a little hard because I LOVE presents, both giving and receiving!) I did, however, really enjoy the simplicity of Christmas at home and it's got me thinking...
Sorry for the LONG comment. Hope it was at least a little helpful!


Your christmas decor looks wonderful. So bright and happy! It is so fun to look into other peoples homes!

I made those pretzel rod cookies today and it was a MESS. I think I will be finding holiday sprinkles on my floor for weeks. They are yummy though!

We have never had a birthday party for Jesus but that is a great idea. We always read the Christmas story and all day just use teachable moments to remind the kids what Christmas is all about.

Anonymous said...

Your home is amazing! I love it. Sorry I don't have any better suggestions for you to do with your kids. Sounds like you're on the right track.

Thanks for sharing your home and recipe.

Cathy Santarsiero, "The Christmas Corgi" said...

Love it! All of it! Merry Christmas to you. Warmly, Cathy

Cyndi said...

I want to come to your house!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! What fun, I could never be sad in there its way to fun. I will be visiting you again you are in my favs now. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

heather said...

fun, festive home, sara! wish i could visit it in person. thanks for the pictures!

i love the idea some one gave about the cradle by the tree! i, too, have a cool, old cradle that i think i will incorporate next year. i use children nativities and books, too. this year i used the advent calendar to help keep us focused in the right direction. we also give our kids 3 gifts, just like Jesus. we always travel for 2 weeks over Christmas, so things get a little crazy. every year at Sean's mom's we have a birthday cake for Jesus. we all hold candles and sing songs. my sis-in-law bakes a special cake and tells the family about how each part of this special cake she makes represents something special about Christ. i enjoy reading your ideas and others who post, too! have a blessed christmas! you're a wonderful mama!

K said...

I totally ditto the comment of "your house is my favorite house"! Can I make my home like yours...somehow? You rock! It makes me happy!

Wendy said...

Very cute- fun, cozy and festive!
thx for sharing with us :)

Heather said...

I love how you have decorated your house, especially your mantle! As for making Christmas meaningful for children, our lives are really all that we can give Christ. Our hearts, attitudes, and actions. Perhaps setting aside a day to do something for someone, remembering what Jesus said about doing things to the least being done for Him. Make sure your kids know that they are engaging in the activity in order to give back to Jesus.

Becca and Adam said...

Your house just seems so fUN! :-) I love it!

Paige said...

What a great home! It is so much fun. Thanks for allowing us to take a peek inside your home during this Christmas season.

Best wishes to you in the New Year!

Keetha said...

Girl you have got COLOR going on!!!!

I really love the string of miniature stockings going across the opening of your hearth.

My mom used to always say "cold hands, warm heart" Those mitten ornaments are awesome too.

Merry Christmas and THANKS for inviting me in to see your decor.

Mind Your Manors said...

I tell ya, you are just too cute! Your fun around the house always makes me smile! Have a VERY merry Christmas!