Mr. Ruggedly Handsome is really the sweetest, wonderful husband I could have asked for. I'm not kidding when I say that the Lord has blessed me tremendously. Back when we fell in love... and were all google-y eyed for each other, but couldn't-quite-admit-it-to-one-another (a story for a different time), one of my favorite things about the boy was that he was always playing. I thought he was just. so. much. fun. to be around. I hadn't ever (almost) had as much fun (after the age of fifteen) as I had when I was hanging out with the now Mr. He loves games, competition, sports, laughing, joking, you get the idea, and I'm pretty sure I posted about it before.
And I praise the Lord when I say that I'm thankful he has not grown out of it.
Anyhow. My still high-spirited husband LOVES himself some Christmas time. Loves it like you wouldn't believe. He has such a heart for holidays of any kind (because of the family bit, I think), and he is especially fond of the holidays that happen in the late fall / early winter (which may be partially due to the food, but even more so because of the football). But hands down, his absolute most favorite is Christmas.
So in celebration of Christmas-coming and out of love for my man, I'm writing "Our Top 10" Christmas style, so you can get an idea about the things we are enjoying at this time. (P.S. I am not going to duplicate any of ours, so you still get 10 different things!)
His #5: The movie, Christmas Vacation. Now, I don't quite understand this one, but he quotes it all year and the man laughs and laughs each time he watches it. (I'll pick Miracle on 34th Street, or How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or A Charlie Brown Christmas, or It's a Wonderful Life when given the remote).
My #5: Buying presents! Such a joy to think about those that you love and to find things that you know they will enjoy.
His #4: Fires in the fireplace. For now, this only happens when we are at the parents home or maybe a coffee shop, but who doesn't love the warm crackle and flames of a fire?
My #4: Nutcrackers. I love the ballet. The music. And the wooden figures.
His #3: The music. Oh isn't it grand to have a jingle-y, jolly tune in your head and a spring in your step?
My #3: The stories and the shows. I love the real Christmas story, The Polar Express, Twas' the Night Before Christmas, and Olive, the Other Reindeer.
His #2:Lights! Lights! Lights! What more can we say? The world just seems like a nicer place at Christmas time.
My #2: Baking cookies and rolls and casseroles and other warm delicious foods. Mmm. The foodie in me says I don't have to say much else about this.
His #1: Snow on Christmas morning. We live (and basically grew up) in a place that semi-regularly gets snow, but its never a guarantee! And fresh snow is definitely not guaranteed, so those childhood Christmas memories of snow falling down are especially wonderful.
My #1: Christmas Eve Service. Oh what a glorious, special time is the church service on Christmas eve. The music always sounds more joyful and I love to see the hope and anticipation on people's faces!