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christmas music by the muppets is on heavy, heavy rotation in our home as we gear up for the big day. ruth's favorite? "the christmas queen" with miss piggie. royalty is mentioned- and ruth loves royalty- but miss piggie also says the forbidden "shut up" and ruthie, who loves being naughty, gets giddy each time she hears it (and then whispers it to herself about five times to see how it tastes). topping eve's charts (literally. charts. lists. visual aides of any kind. she's all about them):  "zat you, santa claus?"  by dr. teeth and the electric mayhem band. perfect for swaying hips through the house while snapping- her latest achievement.



as awesome as the muppets are, chip and i sourced the more traditional carols for our christmas decorating. a far cry from the simplicity and ease of last year, but we're now almost certain we love it just as much. and eve can sound out "wondrous" so, win win. chip, once again, deserves the high five with this decorating scheme. he concocted the plan, brought home the paper and didn't complain once when i stopped cutting after three lines.



four more days. amazing. and to start our celebratory week off in the most perfect way, a big snow storm came through town last night. with church cancelled we spent the day with friends, watching the girls make snow angels in the freezing wind, visiting the life of christ exhibit at the brooklyn museum, returning home to drink deliciously rich hot chocolate, listen to heavenly angels (and muppets) sing our favorite songs of the season while the snow melted off our boots. a pretty decent start to what will undoubtedly be one of the greatest and jouyfully busiest weeks of the year. merry christmas everyone!


-added- how we do it: cut out letters- freehand in all different sizes make it especially charming, i think. get long strands of bakers twine (any thin string will do, i just have an absurd amount of bakers twine). using scotch tape, tape the letters to the string, folding each piece of tape from the front of letter, over the string and to the back of the letter. secure string of words to walls. done.

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Reader Comments (71)

WOW. Holy freaking awesome batman! This looks like something straight out of an Anthropologie store! Love it love it love it! I came across your blog a while ago, and am always inspired when I read it, so I thought i'd actually leave a note this time! I love that you do so many handmade and meaningful things with your kids.i am constantly inspired! Also, I love that you are raising your kids in the city! After centuries of people moving to the suburbs to raise a family, it's refreshing to see families that cherish the joy that comes from living next to people that aren't exactly like you! i plan to live in a city when i have children, and some people just don't get it.

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDevin Joesting

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMãe da Rita

It is very beautiful. Good work.

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLori

That is SO cool!

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

hee-hee, the picture makes it say "come let pus adore him". awesome.

December 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranna

Wow these are lovely and have spawned many ideas....

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristine B

oh, that is amazing. love it love it love it. merry christmas!!

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

AHA- aNOTHER wonderful use for the CRICUT. Then I wont have to "cut" them out.he he he...yes indeed plans for next christmas and maybe BF's wedding reception......

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternicole

Just perfect! (We went to see The Muppet Christmas Carol last night... now I want to go download the old songs!)

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

I linked to your post.

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervalerie

I love this!! So simple but so awesome. :0) Merry Christmas to you.

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterQueen of Dreamsz

um, awesome!!!! seriously, seriously, genius.

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertrish

i absolutely love this idea...linking to this in my sidebar. too good not to share!

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbright and blithe

this is yet more proof that you two are geniuses!

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

Love the decorations! So great. Love reading your blog too...it makes my day a little bit brighter.

Merry Christmas and may the Lord bless your family richly!

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I saw this a couple days ago and thougt it was cool but confused. then yesterday I finally had time to READ the post and not just look at the pictures and I was amazed.
this is the coolest, the. coolest.

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDamaris

Is there a particular font/typeface you used for the letters? And a size of this font/typeface? :)


December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

This is so creative and lovely! I can't wait to decorate my dorm room with phrases from poetry!!!

December 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

WOW lovely!

December 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDee

tiffany- no font used, we freehanded the letters in sizes varying from line to line. i think its the inconsistencies and variety that make it all especially charming.

thanks everyone- hope you're celebrating was/is magical!

December 26, 2009 | Registered Commenterkatie

my hand is just cramping thinking of all that cutting - wow, but seriously great. Hope you guys had a great christmas! love you lots!

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjeanie

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December 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGrermarooni

This is so lovely. These little glimpses of your home remind me I need to do some more decluttering. Ack!

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I love your Christmas Garland. I might have to be terrible unoriginally and steal this idea for next year.

January 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersiobhan

Amazing! I am going to steal this idea for my school's library and use some famous lines from books. Wow wow wow.

January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

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