I guess it is silly to be grateful for a room, but I am especially grateful for one particular room in our home – my workroom. It has been a workhorse of a space for me since its completion last spring. We did not have this room to use last Christmas. In fact, it was one HUGE mess at that time, but it has become North Pole central around here this month.
And it has been a joy to decorate it this week (well…except when the garland and the drapes fell down, and I had to totally start over on that area and hold back not-nice words that danced in my head.) Other than that, it has been fun, and I have truly enjoyed dressing it up for Christmas.
I am so grateful to have those red boxes full of ribbon sorted and ready for all the decorating and wrapping…
and to have a tall basket full of gift wrap.
(Can you believe there is no buffalo check or plaid??)
I am grateful there is a table for wrapping…
and drawers full of tags and markers…
and bins of tissue and craft supplies in the cabinet.
I am grateful to have a space to work to make invitations and address Christmas cards.
And it is a joy that there are all the supplies for a mug of hot cocoa set up on the cabinet my husband built.
When I first started to decorate the workroom, my plan was to simply put a garland over the large window and clip the Christmas cards we receive to it, but once I finally got the garland up (and actually got it to stay) I wanted to do something different.
I am in this room a lot. I begin most days with cereal and coffee in here. And in this busy season when it is sooo easy to get overwhelmed by all the holiday items for sale, by all the shopping and gift wrapping, and by all the holiday social gatherings, I wanted something to keep me grounded in the true reason for the holiday – the Holy Day. I wanted an Advent calendar….not one of the ones with the toys in drawers, but one with reassuring words from the Bible.
I was working on this project when news of the heartbreaking shootings in California began to come in. In our world with so much darkness and evil, we badly need words of comfort and joy…words of hope. And the story of Christmas is just that…words to comfort and give us joy and hope in a world plagued with heartache. My heart and prayers go out for all those who have been affected by the tragedy.
I typed up the verses of the Christmas story and printed them out on cards to go in small envelopes, and I found passages to read that tell of the promise of the Messiah. Those got listed on stickers that are on the back of the wire rimmed tags, and the tags were tied on with pieces of ribbon. I did include one small piece of candy in each envelope (to keep me from devouring the entire box in one sitting) and I clipped it all to the garland with small clothespins. I know we are already 5 days into the month of December, but if you would like to make one like this, here is what you need:
(The clothespins came from Target, the wire rimmed tags from Michaels, the circle stickers from Paper Source, and the small envelopes came from either Michaels or Hobby Lobby.)
Once you have all your supplies, just follow these directions:
- Print out the verses on the card stock and the scripture reading on the stickers. Click here for the free printables: Advent Bible verses pg 1 and 2 , Advent verses pg 3 , Advent Season Bible readings . (I sure hope these work for you. Remember I am not very gifted in anything involving technology!)
2. Write the numerals 1-25 on each of the wire rimmed tags. 3. Place one sticker on the back of each of the tags.
4. Use the hole punch to put a hole through each tag. 5. Use the hole punch to put a hole near the top of each envelope. 6. Cut a small piece of ribbon and tie the tag on to the envelope. (I just used ribbon scraps I had around here.) 7. Cut the cards apart. 8. Place 1 card and 1 piece of candy in each envelope. 9. Clip on to the garland (or a long piece of ribbon if you prefer) using the clothespin. Enjoy daily during the Christmas season.
The Advent calendar wasn’t the only thing that was unplanned in the workroom. You see, I had thought that I would just have the cocoa supplies, a plant, and a little Christmas decor on the top of the cabinet. You saw the cocoa supplies earlier in the post…
and here is the small Christmas vignette that ended up there.
But when I went to find the plant I wanted (a small Norfolk Island pine), there were only large ones. So I decided to get a small tabletop Christmas tree…and just leave it un-decorated.
Does this tree look un-decorated to you??
I merely put a string of lights on it, and then I thought It needs something more. What does it need? I spied those quote cards on my desk (available here.)
I went through the stack and found ones I thought were fitting for Christmas. After more hole punching and ribbon tying they too added words of hope to the room.
And that is the workroom all ready for Christmas.
(It’s the only room in the house that is all ready!)
I hope your weekend is filled with the joy and that your to-do list is a very short one. It gives me joy to be able to share creativity with you in this place. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit here. Please don’t forget about the Target gift card and magazine giveaway. All the details for entering are here. Simply leave a comment on the blog (not a reply to an email delivered one) on any post that publishes between 11/30/15 and 12:00 a.m. EST 12/6/15. You may enter on more than one post, but please leave only one comment per post. I’ll be back with the winner and more Christmas decorating (hopefully!) early next week.
I loved all your comments in the last post about where you begin your Christmas decorating! We began with the outside, and then I moved to the workroom (obviously!) I will leave you with this question today:
What is your favorite quote or Bible verse?
Until next time…