I don’t know about you guys, but this time of year is my absolute FAVORITE and I just get so excited when it finally comes around!
Thanksgiving is a holiday I always look forward to, I mean, who doesn’t look forward to a day that gives us all an excuse to stuff our faces with yummy food non stop?! But my most favorite part about this time of year is when the Christmas season rolls in. I get weepy just thinking about it. The music (which I’ll talk more about a bit later because I’ve got a fun little Christmas playlist for ya!), the movies, the decorations, the snow (please, God!), cozy nights by the fire, gift giving..I could go on!
But so much more than any of that, I love that this time of year helps us bring back into focus the greatest and most beautiful point in our history. When Jesus Christ came to this fallen world to save and redeem it. He lowered himself beyond comprehension and was willing to leave the throne of Heaven to dwell among us, living the perfect and blameless life before God that we never could. His all surpassing love for us, drove Him to come to a sick world, dying for the sin and wretchedness that permeated it, giving us the gift of salvation and fellowship with God. Because of Christ’s coming, we have a lasting, eternal hope. We have been fought for and forgiven and I love that the Christmas season gives us another opportunity to meditate on and rejoice in that very truth.
Last week my friend Kimmy Alsheimer, of Drift Design Co., told me that she was making an Advent calendar called Light Of The World and asked if I would collaborate with her on it! I’ve never owned a wall hanging Advent calendar like this and absolutely loved the idea of having one hanging on our fireplace mantel, so saying yes was a no brainer!
When I tell you that this will be your new favorite Advent calendar, I truly mean that. Kimmy and her sister Amy worked hard together to create a stunning compilation of encouraging, challenging, inspiring, and lovely devotional cards for everyday of December, leading up to Christmas! Each card is unique, with tasteful designs, colors, text and themes. I love how well it blends with my home and compliments the fireplace (Side note: I snagged those cute stockings from Chip & Jo’s Hearth & Hand collection and am completely obsessed with them! other side note: My hubby and I made that pretty wooden art piece above the fireplace last year and couldn’t be more proud of it. Hopefully next year we’ll have time to make more and sell them)! Christmas decorations can be so vibrant and colorful, which is fun but also a little intense, so I love that this calendar tones things down and brings balance to it all. But aside from the aesthetics of it, I am really looking forward to just diving into each day of Advent, reflecting on the purpose of the season in a new, fun way with this calendar.
I wanted to get the calendar up on the blog ASAP because everyone needs to snag one of these beauties just in time for December 1st! And Kimmy has a special discount code for all you blog readers! You can use the THELOWLYLIFE (the link attached will automatically add the discount to your cart!) at checkout for 15% off your purchase. The discount expires December 1st so get a move on people! And for a few bucks extra, Kimmy will hook you up with the supplies (twine + clothespins) you need to hang your calendar up. Hooray!
Now, back to the Christmas music! I wanted to share with you guys a fun Christmas playlist I’ve been working on this month. It’s a complete and total mish mash of some of my most favorite artists and Christmas songs! So if you’re looking for some new tunes and enjoy listening to a variety (and I mean a huge variety) of Christmas music, look no further my friends. You can find my playlist called Christmas Cheer over on Spotify, with a picture of Toby playing in the snow, looking as cute as ever. Just hit shuffle and you’ll be all set with about 25 hours worth of holiday musical goodness!
Thank you all so much for checking out the blog today. I hope and pray that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and get to celebrate it with the ones you love (and that you eat all the glorious food you can possibly cram into your body)! Don’t forget to grab one of these gorgeous Advent calendars for you and your family to enjoy this holiday season and be sure to use that promo code for that nifty discount.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!