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Friday, December 13, 2019

🕯 5 Festive Friday Favs 🕯

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season and remembering why we celebrate this season.

Every good and perfect gift is from above.

We have had an amazing week full of festivities and fun. The week started off Sunday with the little girls in their Christmas program at church. The kids had their performances at school, Braden read a paper about Compassion International, The older two went to an amazing worship service at the Wildlife Ranch in Austin and had a snowball fight and hot chocolate bar and s'mores after. We went to our favorite assisted living center and played our tin whistles songs and sang Christmas hymns yesterday. It's just been amazing. I am exhausted though ha! I need some rest so we are headed out for a getaway this weekend. 

Before we leave I wanted to share my five Friday festive favorites... 
1. My favorite festive tops.
This one is my my favorite of all because it points others to the True meaning of Christmas, the newborn King. 

I do love this as well as a very close second. Perfect for Advent!
This one is too cute and can be worn to the deer lease year round...
I love anything that gets us to remember to be joyful. This sweet top is a cute reminder. 
2. Festive decor.
These gorgeous snow lanterns are indescribable. You have to see them in person in order to appreciate their full beauty. I have one with snowmen that I love to turn on with or without music. This is the prettiest one I've seen yet.  Nativity scenes are always a favorite. 
3. Festive Christmas Treats

Wassail is one of my absolute favorite Christmas treats. Do you have those goodies that just make Christmas for you? Since I was a little girl I remember looking forward to my grandmother's wassail. It just wasn't Christmas without it.
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Wassail Recipe:

Find a large container or pot and pour in equal parts
Apple Juice
Cranberry Juice
Pineapple Juice
Orange Juice
3 cinnamon sticks and 1 tsp. cloves
My grandmother also added brown sugar to taste but I like it without.
Simmer for about 30 minutes to an hour and serve piping hot in a Christmas mug!

For the Orange bread I purchase the Krusteaz Mix

4. Festive Christmas Fun!
During Christmas, we bake. We love to make all sorts of fun treats and I try to have a delicious dessert every night as we watch a Christmas movie. One of my favorite things to do I bake Christmas cookies and decorate. This year I am going to try this cute 3D cookie kit. I'll take pics and let you know how it turned out. 

5. Last but not least is Festive Serving.

I love how this time of year makes us so grateful for what we have and turns our hearts to those who have not. Please listen to this. It is one of my favorites. "In the end, only kindness matters." 

Such a beautiful message and reminder to us the though we have small hands we can use them to help others. We can be the hands and feet of Jesus and give a cup of water in the name of Christ to share His love during the most blessed time of year. Whether it is buying a hungry person a meal, sponsoring a child through Compassion, Giving a Christmas box through Operation Christmas Child or participating in Angel Tree, loving your neighbor by baking them cookies, giving a fresh batch of fudge to your UPS driver. Any little away you can show appreciation and kindness is a way you can reflect the love of Christ. 

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Matthew 25:40

Thank you for reading! Many blessings to you this week!
Grace & peace,
Adoring Family


  1. I never knew that’s how you made wassail!Sounds so interesting

  2. It's delicious! If you try it, I hope you love as much as we do! :)

  3. I’m totally making your wassail. Yummy. Love your festiveness my friend. You look so cute and joyous! I have so enjoyed following your stories, you guys have been having a ball and hope you continue to have a sweet weekend! Hugs!

    1. I hope you love it, Andrea! So easy and such a fun treat w a healthy twist. I LOVE watching your stories <3 xoxo Sha

  4. Can't say I've ever had wassail. Sounds good. Those festive tops are all cute.