As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Pineapple House | Christmas Tour 2021

Welcome to my 13th annual Christmas home tour! 

{All of my Christmas house tours can be found ~ here ~.}

Yes, it's been that long! It's always a joy to invite people into my home, whether in person or online. But, I almost didn't do a tour here on the blog this year because so much is the same! This is our sixth year at Pineapple House and Christmas decorating has fallen into a comfortable rhythm. As a matter of fact, I pulled up photos from last year as I did this year's decorating because we were expecting a guest and I needed to expedite the process! 

So, there are a few changes, including our new kitchen table and chairs and a new chest in the living room . . . both of which are new spaces to decorate! But much is repeated and familiar and I'm fine with that. 

If you're fine with that too,  
then come on in and have a look around!

(Maybe you'd like to listen to some music while you tour? Click ~ here ~ for one of my favorites.)

I don't know how you're spending your holidays this year. Maybe you're sick. Maybe someone you love is sick. Maybe you're alone. Maybe you're grieving. Maybe you're longing for some "normal" in this ever-changing world. 

Whatever your circumstances, I pray that you are able to find JOY. As the angel of the Lord told the shepherds, 

Not the joy of warm fuzzies or perfect holiday celebrations. Not the joy of an untroubled life.

But the joy of a Savior who came to save His people from their sins

The joy of   Emmanuel - "God With Us." 

Merry Christmas to you and yours, my dear blog friends! 

Friday, December 17, 2021

Christmas Gift Wrapping

Yesterday was a big wrapping day here!

Bekah had the day off and so we made an occasion out of it. We cleared the dining room table and piled it with all of our gift-wrapping supplies. Then we played Christmas music, drank coffee, and wrapped, tied, and tagged well into the evening. 

Each year, I choose a wrapping theme. I don't necessarily wrap everything the same, but I like for my gifts to coordinate.

The first step is getting out all of my wrapping paper rolls. I have some leftover from past years, some that I have bought at after-Christmas sales, and rolls that I have purchased this season. I put it all together in one place and choose which designs I will use for the current year. 

Here is an assortment from a few years ago.
You can see how I have divided it into "themes."

This is the group of papers that I chose for that year. 

And this is how it came together.

For the past several years, I have made my own gift tags. Yesterday, I ran out of them and had to make up some more. 

Past years' wrapping themes . . . 

And this year's . . . 

Even though I had FIVE rolls of the red ticking paper in my stash (oops), I decided to give that a rest this year and use only two papers: a red plaid and navy ticking. I had found some lovely navy ribbon at Target and wanted to highlight that color. I also had picked up a roll of olive green ribbon and I thought that looked so nice with the navy ticking. I went back several times to look for more of the olive ribbon, but I never saw it again, so I used navy or plaid ribbon on some of those packages. 

There is more wrapping to do (honestly, I have a bit more shopping to do!), but the bulk of it is finished.

I love wrapping gifts! I find it more enjoyable than shopping! 

What about you? Do you enjoy wrapping? 

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