God made his Son the heir of everything and created the world through him. The Son is the light of God’s glory and the imprint of God’s being. He maintains everything with his powerful message. – Hebrews 1:2-3

One full week into December Rebekah and I are well ahead when it comes to being prepared for Christmas. I’m talking decorating and gifts, “prepared in our hearts” is the who purpose of Advent and it is a process, so all I can say in that regard is that we’re well on our way.

Last weekend’s Walk Through Bethlehem was a very helpful beginning and – like the walk – it’s as much about the journey as the destination. In fact, Jesus is both guide and destination, process and result.

Lightweight Shopping

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this year’s winner

So, feeling good about it all, we decided to do some lightweight Christmas shopping Friday and headed to a couple of the malls to simply enjoy the experience. Today’s photo collection represents some of the random festivity.

I’ll begin with the latest addition to the most unlikely of Maul Christmas traditions (The back story is detailed in a post from 2012 “Ugly Ornaments and the Reach of the Good News“). Long story short each year we find a new ornament to adorn our friends’ uniquely themed Christmas tree. This year’s called to us from a tree in the Pottery Barn when we weren’t even thinking about it.

Then, later, a festive “Party Llama” invited himself home and immediately joined our Nativity, so there’s that.

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our mantle

Now you may look at the Moose T-shirt photo and conclude that we’re full-in on the “I’m dreaming of a quirky Christmas” approach this year but you’d be wrong. Rebekah also picked up a traditional winter village piece for the mantel and absolutely everything we invest ourselves in between now and Christmas Eve is going to be filtered through the lens of God’s spectacular initiative of love and grace in Jesus.

So that’s where I’ll leave today’s brief post and photo gallery.

A festive, sometimes quirky, and always faith-filled Advent and Christmas to you all – DEREK

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