5 Must Have Christmas Decorations for 2018

5 Must Have Christmas Decorations for 2018

Hey everyone! Today I want to talk to y’all about 5 Must Have Christmas Decorations for 2018. I can’t wait to share some awesome decorations, with you guys! While I am putting my affiliate links to the different products (You can learn more by checking out my Disclaimer), all of these products I personally love or want and would never recommend if I didn’t think that they were amazing. Without rambling on, I hope that y’all enjoy!

  • Scented Pine Cones – Okay, these are a staple every single Christmas because they are absolutely incredible! They are cinnamon scented pine cones, so your house ends up smelling so good! You can put them all in one place for a centerpiece, place them throughout your Christmas tree as sweet smelling ornaments, or get crafty and attach ribbons to hang them up around your home (or to give as quick and easy gifts). Every year these make my house smell INCREDIBLE; I’m talking like Christmas store in the mall, incredible. If you’ve gotten them before, you know that they are awesome, if you haven’t gotten them before, I’m telling you… they are so worth the try. Click HERE to see more on the Scented Pine Cones. 
  • Lighted Ceramic Tabletop Christmas Tree – I was given one of these as a gift a couple of years ago and now it’s another Christmas staple in my home. They are so gorgeous and the lights (the little ornament looking things on the tree) add the perfect pop of color to any room. It’s one of those pieces that give you immediate “Christmas morning” feelings whenever you light it up. I mean, who doesn’t want a super cute mini tree to stare at while you daydream about Christmas Day? These are perfect for homes and, some may say, even better for offices. Click HERE to see more on the Lighted Ceramic Tabletop Christmas Tree. 
  • Mistletoe/Kissing Ball – The mistletoe/kissing ball, is such a classic. Dangling from doorways or shining as an ornament on the tree, it’s a timeless Christmas decoration that has been around for as long as I can remember. It can be used for getting a kiss from the person you love, or simply adding a little classic Christmas elegance to the room of your choosing. Click HERE to see more on the Ganz Mistletoe Kiss Ball (yes it’s a strange name, but it’s the most beautiful little mistletoe/kissing ball). 
  • Christmas Tree – Of course, it goes without saying that a Christmas tree is a Christmas decoration must have for every year. It gets the “festive feelings” flowing around the house and decorating a Christmas tree is an opportunity to get the whole family doing something together. Every year, my husband and I, go pick out a beautiful, live, Christmas tree and spend a few hours just decorating it up and dancing around the house to Christmas music. This will be our 4th year carrying on this tradition and I can’t wait (It’s honestly one of my absolute favorite times of the year). Something about having the music turned up and being busy stringing lights or placing ornaments (so phones get put away and not thought about for a little while) is just peaceful and captivating. For a little bit, you don’t feel like the world around you exists, it’s just you and your family. We always like to get a live tree, but if you prefer an artificial tree, click HERE to see more on a 7.5’ Artificial Spruce that even comes with a stand. 
  • Nativity Scene – I know that most of this list, okay… all of this list is made up of things that have been Christmas traditions in my life for as long as I can remember. The nativity scene is another family tradition, for me. I can remember being little and having my grandma explaining to me what her porcelain nativity scene was (it was this beautiful bright porcelain; I’m pretty sure that they don’t make them like that anymore). It always sat next to this little Christmas mouse that she put up every year, which has no relation to the scene itself, but it’s one of those images that you hold on to as you grow older. It never failed, every single year I would go up to her nativity scene and just admire the beautiful little figurines and think about the birth of Jesus for a bit instead of Christmas presents and goodies (which is was the whole purpose of it in the first place, so it definitely worked). Though I haven’t been able to find one like hers yet, I found one that is so beautiful that I’ve got my eye on it. If you want to see more on the Nativity Scene that has caught my eye, click HERE

Those are my 5 Must Have Christmas Decorations for 2018. All of these items are things that I love and things that have kept Christmas in my home feeling the same as it did when I was little. I hope that you have enjoyed this post and thank you for taking the time to read! As always, much love and God bless!

 

If you liked this post, check out my posts on Christmas Gifts To Get The Person That “Has Everything” and 5 Must Have Christmas Gifts For Any True Coffee Lover

5 Christian Must Haves

5 Christian Must Haves

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Today I wanted to share with y’all some of my favorite tools and reminders of faith. These are items that I use daily and love! Below are (in my opinion) 5 Christian must haves. If you want to incorporate these “must haves” into your daily lives as well, there will be a place to click after each item/items that will take you to their Amazon.com product page.

1. Bibles: This is the most important tool for a Christian. A bible is knowledge, comfort, and power against the devil. Now, if you have ever been to your local Bible bookstore, you know that there are countless types of available. For me, personally, I love doodling and coloring (I promise that this is relevant); this means that, naturally, my favorite Bible is one that I can doodle and color in. My Creative Bible has been the best, hands down, for unleashing creativity while receiving the word. This is easily my favorite Bible to take with me to church (it helps my mind to stay focused and gives me something to keep my hands busy while I listen). So, knowing that that is my favorite for creativity, I have to tell you what my favorite study Bible is. My favorite Study Bible is The Study Bible For Women. This Bible is beautiful, informative, and it asks (and answers) some of the most difficult questions that we face as children of God in a broken world. Both of these Bibles are great to have on hand and each offers something unique.

To get your own My Creative Bible, click here. To get your own The Study Bible For Women, click here.

2. Devotionals: A devotional is a great tool for any Christian. Devotionals help you to set aside time each day for just you and God. I think that devotionals are so relaxing and they give you some time of serenity in otherwise hectic schedules. Normally, they are equipped with serene pictures, a verse for that day, an area of text that relates the verse given to our lives, and (sometimes) a section for you to journal in. They are also a good way to get you into your bible for that day and get you focused on the word. The devotional that I’ve been loving lately, is Devotions from the Front Porch. It is a beautiful devotional that never ceases to make me smile.

To get a copy of Devotions from the Front Porch click here.

3. Christian Music: Those of you that know me, know that one of the biggest ways that I worship is through music. I can hear a verse thousands of times and it never seems to hit my heart quite like the same verse put to music. I truly believe that it’s because 9 out of 10 times, you can hear (and feel) the heart and soul put into the words by the singer and you can hear/feel the heart and soul poured in by those playing the instruments. To me, no other music is quite like Christian music. It’s the only type of music that can make me feel like I’m in Church (when I’m in my car)  and give me goosebumps and tears at the same time.  Hymns are classics and contemporary Christian music is growing like wildfire. My favorite musician for this genre is, hands down, Chris Tomlin. His music always gives me chills and you can hear his passion for God in his voice. While there are other Christian musicians that I love, I feel that he just has a style of music that I relate most with. His lyrics are impactful and his music is moving. I could probably write a book about how much I enjoy his music, but I’m going to stop now and just give you a link to my favorite CD of his, so you can check him out yourself.

Click here to access Chris Tomlin’s CD “And If Our God Is For Us”.

4. Worry Stone: Okay, I already know what you’re thinking; “What in the world is a worry stone?” and “Why is a worry stone a ‘must have’ item?”. Let me tell you, my worry stone is one of the best purchases that I’ve made. I know that seems silly, and I’m fully aware that a little stone can’t physically do anything for me, but it is so nice to have in times of worry. I have an extreme fear of needles (like near panic attack type of fear) so going to get my blood drawn is a big ordeal for me. I always carry my worry stone (mine is a small smooth stone with a cross carved into it) and hold it before and during the blood draw. Something about feeling the engraved cross just comforts me and helps to calm me down in times of stress. I think it’s almost like a reminder that God is with me and it helps me to focus on that instead of the problem at hand. A worry stone is also a great way to give your troubles to God. I know that I struggles sometimes with letting go and letting God. It’s like I get so wrapped up in my worries that I forget to do the one thing that would help the most. Having my worry stone keeps me accountable for giving my problems (worries) to God and trusting him to do what’s best for me.

Click here to access a worry stone that is similar to mine. Click here to access the worry stone, in the shape of a cross with “God is never more than a prayer away” engraved on it, that I’m hoping to get soon.

5. Faith Reminders: Faith reminders are just little trinkets around the house that contain scripture or have religious pictures on them. I have my house decorated (overfilled really) with these faith reminders. My two favorites are displayed proudly and serve as smile-makers every time I come through the front door. The first was given to my by a dear friend who seems to always know what I need and when I need it. It’s a plaque with Psalm 37:4 on it (Delight in the Lord  and he will give you the desires of your heart). Mine is this beautiful, weathered paper looking, plaque with a cross encased in glass. My other favorite is a small plaque with Song of Solomon 3:4 (I have found the one my soul loves). This was given to me as a wedding gift, promptly displayed in my home and has been there since. Both of these faith reminders serve to remind me daily that God is with me, in my heart and in my marriage. They make great gifts for the Christmas season and they make great decor for any home.

I searched all over for the Psalm 37:4 plaque, but couldn’t find a replica of mine. If you love this verse and want it displayed in your home, click here to access a different (yet beautiful) Psalm 37:4 plaque. Click here to access the linked Psalm 37:4 plaque. I also can’t seem to find a duplicate of my Song of Solomon 3:4 plaque. That being said, I have linked below two other Song of Solomon 3:4 wall decorations (one on a wooden backdrop and one on a cross) that are stunning. Click here to access the Song of Solomon 3:4 wooden wall decoration. Click here to access the Song of Solomon 3:4 cross.

I hope that y’all enjoyed this weeks “5 Things” post and I encourage you to share with your friends of faith. Let me know what y’all think in the comments and, as always, much love!