Merry Christmas, friends!  The studio will be closed from now until January 13, as we spend time doing what matters most: resting, laughing, celebrating our Savior, chasing my nieces and nephews around their living room, worshiping, and taking time away from the computer screen. (Can I get an amen?!) We have been working long hours the past few months (hugs to Callie who worked incredibly hard in the studio these past few weeks! Couldn’t have done this without you!), and we are grateful for some weeks off.

I will only be checking emails periodically during this time, but I look forward to corresponding with you in the New Year. Don’t be a stranger! I will still be blogging throughout this time. (The beauty of scheduled blogposts!)


In honor of my favorite holiday (and because I was inspired by my friend Cheyenne’s post), I’d love to share a few of my favorite Christmas traditions and memories throughout my life :

• Listening to this album every single Christmas morning. Hearing it immediately makes me feel like it’s Christmas day!

• Watching The Muppets Christmas Carol each year as I snuggle with Will on the couch while Winston sleeps by the fire. Hot chocolate is a must.

• Singing Happy Birthday to Jesus on Christmas morning before ever opening presents on Christmas morning

• Eating our traditional cream cheese danish on Christmas morning

• Getting our Christmas tree from the mountains of North Carolina

• Reading the Christmas story with my family on Christmas eve, and acting out the story with the characters in our nativity – probably my favorite tradition as a kid! My sister and I always fought over which one of us would be Mary, my brother always wanted to be the obscure characters – like the Innkeeper or the camel! My mom always read the story, and my Dad was always the star (aka the flashlight. Yes, we turned out all the lights.) It was a big deal in our house!

• Waiting at the top of the stairs while smelling coffee, waiting on my parents. It took them for-ev-er to get their video camera together every single Christmas! (Or so it seemed…)

• Taking polaroids of ourselves while we decorate the tree. Will and I started this tradition when we moved into our current home in 2010, and we have loved it! (Polaroids pictured above.)

• Ordering chinese takeout Christmas night at the Ray’s house while playing board games

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

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Muppet’s Christmas Carol is the best!! “This is me island in the sun, oy oy” :) Merry Christmas to the Rays and Happy New year! Let’s plan a doggie play date in 2014 :)

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