Tradition: Tim and I always go to the store (usually Target) and each purchase at least one ornament for our tree. Then I usually write the year we purchased it on each ornament (somewhere inconspicuous).
I also make homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas Day (yummmmm)
Movie: Elf! I have seen this movie a gazillion and one times, but I never get tired of it! We have it on every year when we decorate our home for Christmas.
Hymn: O' Holy Night -- my all time favorite. The lyrics are full of richness and bring glory to the Lord. I can't get through the song without crying. It is beautiful.
O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.Long lay the world in sin and error pining.Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.A thrill of hope the weary world rejoicesFor yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!O night divine, the night when Christ was born;O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;In all our trials born to be our friends.He knows our need, our weakness is no strangerBehold your King! Before him lowly bend!Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Truly He taught us to love one another,His law is love and His gospel is peace.Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.And in his name all oppression shall cease.Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,With all our hearts we praise His holy name.Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise weHis power and glory ever more proclaim!His power and glory ever more proclaim!
Christmas Album: Sufjan Stevens - Songs for Christmas
Gift: A few Christmas' ago, my parents started to gift us parts of the Willow Tree Nativity set. Each year since they have continued to add on to it. I am so thankful for this set. It is beautiful and I love setting it out every year.
Dislikes: Crazy stores & full parking lots, elf on the shelf, the terrible drivers that seem to come out this time of year, Texas winters (thankfully it is cold today! But it's been spring like the past few weeks); I want some sweater weather!
Feel free to comment and tell me some of your favorite things at Christmas time!