Thursday, December 23, 2010

This Is It!!

What a Welcome!!  That is how I want to greet Jesus when Christmas morning comes.  I want to throw up my arms and rejoice that He became one of us.  I want my children to have that same emotion.  But unfortunately for my friend Caren she was not welcoming Jesus this particular day.  Not even close...
My amazing gingerbread making friend graciously invited my family to her house to decorate HOMEMADE gingerbread houses.  It took me all of 1.2 seconds to respond, "YES!!!" Not the same yes that Mary proclaimed ..but just as enthusiastic.

And I wish I could tell you that this post will be a tutorial on how to create such beauty for your family.  That would be impossible because I am still amazed at Caren's AMAZINESS..that she made like 15 personal gingerbread houses.  I brought M&M's.  You don't need a tutorial on me!

Besides loving the fact that we were invited to a friends house to do something so memorable as decorate gingerbread houses...I love going into people's homes.

I may be an annoying guest though.  I don't mean to be, but I ask like 500 questions.  I usually start out with something broad like, "OK Caren...tell me everything."

I want to know how she made these houses, when she started, how long has she been doing this, where she got that cute piece of furniture my purse is resting on, how does she school her 7 kids, how do you like having all these beautiful windows in your kitchen area?  I am just giving some of the first few questions I asked when I got there.

I like to know things.  I learn so much from asking so many questions.

And I have a lot to learn.  I am really still very new at this whole, "I am in charge of all these people" thing.
It is up to me now.  I am the mama making LASTING memories.

I need lots of help. 
The big show is in 3 days...I hope I get it right.  This is the first year in a  long time that we are all by ourselves for Christmas.  I have nobody here to "help" make mom, no dad..just ME!!

Well, not JUST me...6 other people.  And I want to make simple feel special.

I want to build tradition that ties us all together, and ties us to our faith and to our Saviour.

This year if I had to have a Christmas motto it would be one word....


We are borrowing a few "new" traditions from my friend Caren.  During our Q & A, I mean gingerbread decorating, she told me how they do Christmas morning.  I loved it...I am borrowing it...I am excited!!

The kids come down all together. They may NOT go to the tree.  They all sit down at the table, read from the Gospel of Luke.  Then they EAT BREAKFAST!!!  After they eat a good protein rich breakfast they let the kids go to the tree, youngest to oldest. 
I love that there is still waiting, still anticipation. 
I love that everybody is doing such a big task (opening presents) AFTER they have eaten.
I love that the morning is not rushed..but savored.

So excited.  Thank you Caren for the GREAT day with your family.  So many of my friends change me in such GOOD and Holy ways.  I am forever grateful to women who know how to be amazing at what they do..and then they teach others how to do the same!!

Merry Christmas Eve's Eve Eve!!!
I love saying that!


  1. Have a wonderful Christmas! I wish I could be there to see you savor every moment....

  2. Merry Christmas! And I love that first and then tree!
    And those gingerbread houses...wonderful! I need to find a really good kit next year.
    Enjoy...I know you will make it a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

  3. what an awesome greeting :) she looks wonderfully fun!

    simple is a good theme for christmas, enjoyed reading! I am in a "gathering" stage, also looking for ideas and traditions for my little family :) thanks for sharing!

  4. Old wise woman here . . . don't sweat it, Lisa! Christmas will be neither simple nor peaceful until your little ones are grown. Then you'll wistfully look back at the wild Christmas mornings with little ones, yet thankful for the simple peace that only comes with growth. Trust me on this.

    Merry Christmas to all the Melnicks, from the McDonalds up north (but still south)!


  5. What a wonderful way to spend Christmas morning! We do much the same thing...even as children...the neighbor kids would come over EARLY to play and we hadn't even started gifts yet...we were busy enjoying each other. Those are memories that I savor as an adult. Blessings!

  6. We always have juice and coffee first and unpack the stockings one by one. Each person there puts one thing in every stocking so it's fun to watch them get unpacked and see what everyone chose for each person! Then we have a breakfast break. We then go to the tree and open gifts one by one so, again, all can enjoy each person unwrapping. We will have 10 this year. Dianne & Chris are hosting. They have Lauren and Ryan (13 & 9)of course. Uncle Bill & I, James and Rachel will be there Christmas Eve and stay the night. Billy and Ruby arrive around 7 A.M. Merry Christmas to all of you! You blog is such a gift!

  7. Caren is my sister! She is so creative and talented, that's for sure! Love those gingerbread houses.

  8. Merry Christmas! We eat breakfast first too. Savors the morning a little bit! Hope yours was a good one!


  9. Oh that sounds so nice! My MIL lives with us and woke everyone up early (too early) since she was sacristan for an early mass. She didn't want to miss out on the fun... but I hope next year she will do a later mass, lol.