Love, Wrapped in Swaddling Clothes

Love. In the end, it’s all that matters. God’s love for us. Our love for others.

Two thousand years ago, in the fulness of time, His love became flesh, came to earth, came to us. As you read these familiar verses, I pray you’ll experience the story of His love as if it were newly written, full of miracles and wonders, just for you.

Lord Jesus, may every morning be Christmas morning in our hearts!

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. Luke 2:1-3

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. Luke 2:4-5

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. Luke 2:8-9

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke 2:10-12

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:13-14

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. Luke 2:15-16

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. Luke 2:17-18

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. Luke 2:19-20

This is the Word of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God!

Glorifying and praising God are perfect ways to celebrate this holy season. Gift giving comes a distant third, but it is one of the joys of Christmas.

My gifts for you this year, beloved? Autographed copies of my Christmas collection — A Wreath of Snow, The Pine Tree Parable, and The Women of Christmas — each with a beautiful pendant created by Fifi LeFan of BluebirdSkiesStudio.

Since I featured photos here from our home, I invited you to describe your favorite ornament or Christmas decoration from your home in the comments below. Hundreds of you did just that. On December 21, I chose three winners at random: Chaunda J., Susie D., and Jan P.


Merry Christmas, dear friend. Oh, how He loves you!

Your sister, Liz

P.S. We’ve spent many happy minutes together on Facebook LIVE this year. On Tuesdays@Twelve, we read Embrace Grace and 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart, and on Sundays@Seven, we studied The Women of Christmas. More plans in store for 2021!

363 Responses to Love, Wrapped in Swaddling Clothes

  1. Joy Davis December 18, 2020 at 2:09 pm #

    One of my favorite ornaments for the tree is a spike that we put on the tree first. It gets hung in as close to the trunk as possible – it is a copy of the spike that was nailed into the wrist of our Savior.

    My husband’s family tradition is to hang a pickle ornament ( I don’t get it ) on the inside of the tree and whoever finds it first gets a small token of some kind.

    I prefer the spike!

    • Daryl Dority December 18, 2020 at 7:46 pm #

      One of my favorite Christmas decorations is a beaded Christmas tree that my mother made when I was 22. I am now 69. Mom has been gone since 1991. She beaded all the wires with small seed beads. I helped her pick out all of the miniature ornaments. It has a small tree skirt she made, and a miniature wooden train and other miniature toys under the tree. It is sitting on a wooden base with a glass dome over it. I love sharing this story with my kids and grandkids.

      • Cathy Linquist December 19, 2020 at 7:21 am #

        My favorite ornament … so hard to choose from treasured choices… the handmade ones made by children. The ones that were gifts through the years. The ones that elicit warm memories. Today I will choose a set of glass bells, a Swedish ornament gifted by my mother many years ago.

        • Jonna December 19, 2020 at 8:32 am #

          A favorite is a large white dove that was a part of a flower arrangement at my husband’s funeral December 2019.

          • Connie December 19, 2020 at 2:06 pm #

            My favorite decoration was the garland mu great aunt made from shot needle caps and small plastic toys. Still have a 3ft piece of it left. It was made back in the early 1960s

        • Emily December 19, 2020 at 8:37 am #

          Each ornament we hang on our tree have special meaning, but one of my favorites is my son’s first Christmas ornament with his picture. For so long we didn’t know if we were going to be able to have a baby, going through years of fertility treatments. That ornament reminds me that God answers our prayers and through that journey brought us closer to Him.

      • Beth December 19, 2020 at 7:26 am #

        One of my favorite ornaments is a gift I received last year. It is a small carving in olive wood, of Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus. It came from the Holy land.

        • K.Ellen Hagan December 21, 2020 at 11:02 am #

          I have a tree with all sentimental ornaments. Those given from students, those given from choir director from previous Cantatas. The most precious thing about this tree is the 12 Days of Christmas tree skirt which my mother embroidered in 1966. She passed away in 1998.

      • Margaret December 19, 2020 at 7:30 am #

        I have a little toy top that was my daddy’s when he was growing up in the 1930’s my mother turned it into an ornament in the 1950’s when they got married. It still is making people happy. My Grandchildren love trying to find it on my tree when they come to visit.

        • Noelle December 19, 2020 at 8:30 am #

          My new tree topper is my favorite its a silver star the beams out snowflakes

      • Nancy Sajban December 19, 2020 at 8:55 am #

        My favorite decoration is my tree because it holds memories of Christmases past. We have ornaments that tell of Jesus’birth as well as those made by my daughters in years past.

      • Karen Swinney December 19, 2020 at 9:03 am #

        I have a manger scene that was my mothers. It has all the figures. The figures are ceramic. Baby Jesus is so perfect. There are lambs, cows, pigs and dogs. The wise men have camels. There is a creche that Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus sit inside. I also have an angel that stands behind the manger. I have told my oldest granddaugter, who puts it under the tree each year, that she will get it someday. Liz Thanks for all you give to me. I pray that you and your family have a Merry Christmas and that we all have a Happy New Year.

      • Mary December 19, 2020 at 2:14 pm #

        I couldn’t comment directly, the link is missing…

        What an amazing give away Liz 💜 and on my birthday no less!
        I would love your books for Christmas

        My favorite Christmas Decoration is a statue of Santa kneeling in prayer next to the babe in the manger. I loved it my whole life and always gazed upon it when visiting my Grams. Now it is even more special to me because Grams gave it to me the year my daughter was born (15 years ago)! And Grams went home to Jesus 2 years ago on Dec 28 just after her 90th birthday.

        My favorite Christmas tradition is youth my babies (8 and 15 now)! When they come home from their dad’s on Christmas Eve we have cake and celebrate Jesus with a birthday cake, candles and my kids sing ‘Happy Birthday Jesus’ 💜 I will forever cherish this tradition!

        Merry Christmas!

    • Brenda Percise December 19, 2020 at 7:52 am #

      My mom passed away this year. My most favorite ornaments on the tree are the beautiful handmade ornaments that she made years ago. When I look at them I know she is celebrating Christmas with us. I love Christmas ornaments. Each one is a special piece that tells our life story. So many precious memories decorate our tree.

    • Nancy Broadstone December 19, 2020 at 7:54 am #

      I love my beautiful angel tree topper- you don’t see those used much anymore but it is so fitting with the Christmas story- celebrating our Jesus🎄❤️

    • Lisa December 19, 2020 at 8:34 am #

      One of my favorites that has come with me from my childhood, is a set of clear plastic ball ornaments circled in red velvet ribbon to hang.Inside each ball, is a “book page” with bright colors telling the Night Before Christmas. My 30+ yr olds still look for these on the tree.

    • Meghan Gossett December 19, 2020 at 9:23 am #

      My favorite Christmas ornament on my tree is one I got this past summer on vacation. It’s a scene of Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem made out of wood from Israel! ❤

    • Alicia McKeough December 19, 2020 at 9:36 am #

      My favorite ornaments are a handful of Depression era glass balls that belonged to my grandparents. Some have broken over the years, do the few that remain are treated like rare gems now. I can remember thinking they were ugly and boring when I was s child. I would beg my mother to leave them off of the tree. Now, they have a place of honor.

    • Laura Midgett December 19, 2020 at 10:14 am #

      I have a cheap wooden manger scene that I have had for years. It is 3D effect set up. But I love it because of what it stands for. Thanks for sharing your Bible teaching.🥰

    • Kathy Brooks December 19, 2020 at 10:27 am #

      My favorite Christmas tree ornament is a small felt dove for Bethlehem. It was on a trip to the Holy Land my husband and I were able to take with our precious daughter and son in law in 2019.

    • Raeanne December 19, 2020 at 11:04 am #

      My favorite Christmas ornaments are the ones commemorating my children’s first Christmas. They truly make Christmas magical!

    • Wendy Wilkinson December 19, 2020 at 11:17 am #

      My Mom Mom’s Christmas teapot and two cups/saucers (she made) sit on my baker’s rack. For now, this Christmas, my favorite things to display as decorations. I also bought a tree from Dollar Tree. I love it. My daughter, college student, not coming home for holidays. I did not want to haul everything out for myself. I love these little things I have. Thanks for opportunity to win these great prizes. You are so generous, kind, sharing and your leadership in studies is really good. I always learn something. Take care.

      • Ellen December 20, 2020 at 1:15 am #

        My favorite Christmas ornament is a needlepoint of scarecrow from the wizard of oz. My other Christmas favorite is when my grandma made homemade nativity for me and my cousin’s

    • Chaunda Jensen December 19, 2020 at 11:18 am #

      I love so many Christmas decorations in my home but my favorite is an ornament of a snowman that my mom and I made when I was 4 years old. We were at our family’s cabin in the mountains and we spent a day making snowman ornaments to give away. I still remember it like it was yesterday!

    • Susan Harris December 19, 2020 at 11:18 am #

      My favorite ornament is an angel I made in Kindergarten, 45 years ago! She’s pipe cleaner and faded, very faded, pink crepe paper and a hand-drawn card stock face. Each year, I lovingly unwrap her from her tissue paper nest to hang in my tree. I’m dreading the day she completely falls apart!

    • Paula December 19, 2020 at 12:27 pm #

      Oh your home looks so inviting but my favorite picture is of the handmade ornament of a child’s hand. Why? Well in this year of Covid I have often turned to Proverbs 17 in my Bible where I have traced the little hands of on my grandchildren on to the pages – there I could soak in memories and then pray for each child while touching the tracing. Here is where in the boarder I also recorded that it is written that many generations to them have prayed for them. They like me to show them this page often. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your home.

    • Connie Welch December 19, 2020 at 12:33 pm #

      My favorite ornament is one my son made in kindergarten 1979. He drew himself on fabric & his teacher sewed it. Very precious to me. Also two more his brother & sister made. Isn’t Christmas without them.

    • Linda December 19, 2020 at 1:23 pm #

      One of my favorite ornaments is a ceramic cross painted by a young girl some 40 years ago and given to me at Easter. I hang it right on the front of my tree to remind me that although we celebrate the birth of baby Jesus, He grew to be sacrificed on a cross that I might be born again and have eternal life. Every year as I hang it up, I thank Him for loving me enough to give His life for me.

    • Mila Martin December 19, 2020 at 2:04 pm #

      Amen Sweet Sister 🙏 for you all. Merry Christmas. Thankful 2020 is coming to an end. May God bless you with a Joyous New Year.

    • Deb Smith December 19, 2020 at 3:38 pm #

      The Moravian Star holds so much signifigance for someone growing up in the Lehigh Valley. Brings back memories from Center Moravian in dowtown Bethlehem as well as our decorations at home

    • Lori Murray December 19, 2020 at 10:54 pm #

      My favorite thing on the tree is the lights. I love getting up in the morning and turning on just the Christmas lights and sipping my coffee and spending time with the light of the world. Just as the little lights shine together and light up a dark room we as believers in Christ can join together to be a light for others to see Him in this dark world.

    • Allie December 20, 2020 at 2:09 am #

      My favorite Christmas decoration is of Santa kneeling at the manger where Baby Jesus lay!

    • Vickie December 20, 2020 at 10:25 am #

      My favorite Christmas decoration is a little China Santa Claus that sits beneath our tree each year. It holds the memories from each Christmas of my entire life. The year my parents adopted me, the Santa was a give-away at the local bank. My dad brought it home and placed it under the tree. Each year we carefully wrapped it and put it away until the next year.
      The year our sweet daughter, our firstborn, arrived, my mother passed it along to us, and it now sits beneath our tree each year. Someday (maybe in the next year or two), I’ll pass it along to the parents of our first grandchild and on it will go.

    • Becky Brinks December 20, 2020 at 9:02 pm #

      Merry Christmas! One of my favorite ornaments is a snowflake made of glass beads, given to me by my mom. She made one for each of my sisters and I, choosing beads specific to our tastes, and gave them to us one year for Christmas. I love handmade treasures, and am so appreciative of the time and effort that goes into them!

    • Donna December 21, 2020 at 8:58 am #

      One of my favorite would be: wooden angel made from olive tree from Israel.
      It reminds you of the beautiful land of Jesus

  2. Blanche Hake December 18, 2020 at 2:15 pm #

    My favorite Christmas ornaments are the toothpick stables made by my own children and the children that I taught. We then put the child’s photo inside it. Everyone had one to take home My Jewish children made Stars of David with their pictures. I still have several that were made 50 years ago.

    • Betty Nice December 18, 2020 at 3:33 pm #

      My favorite ornament was one that my late father-in-law made many years ago. He had a kidney disease and was needing dialysis three days a week for quite a few years. He got very tired but decided to make some beaded ornaments. He passed away in 1980 shortly after we moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona.

      • Chrissy Drew December 19, 2020 at 11:40 am #

        My favorite ornament is a little star. My youngest son (now 45 with a family of his own) loved this star. It’d be the last ornament placed upon the tree. Now, since we don’t spend tree-decorating together as he’s nine hours away, I have set the star above Baby Jesus in my manger. (Wish I coukd post a picture.) It has two special meanings. ❤🛐

      • Ruth Plourde December 20, 2020 at 3:33 pm #

        My favorite ornaments were horse shaped cookies my mother and I baked one year. I was horse crazy and it was special for me the lost in the middle child.

    • Terrie Lawson December 19, 2020 at 7:31 am #

      One of my favorite ornaments is a simple small gourd, hollowed out with a miniature nativity scene placed inside. It’s so very dear because it was a gift I received when on a mission trip to Peru 11 years ago…❤

      • Trina Welker December 19, 2020 at 2:11 pm #

        My favorite ornament once belonged to my maternal grandmother. Every year I would help decorate her tree, and this was one of my favorites (an old fashioned sledding scene). After my grandparents passed away, my mother gave me the ornament and I treasure it. It is the first one to go on my tree each year.

  3. Rochelle Quinn December 18, 2020 at 2:17 pm #

    My favorite it our star topper for our tree it makes me think of The Christmas Star that we will see on the 21st

    • Denise Veal December 19, 2020 at 7:24 am #

      My favorite Christmas ornaments are the homemade ones with my kids pictures on them. So sweet. Liz, your Christmas decorations are beautiful. You are beautiful inside and out. Thank you so much for this giveaway. Merry Christmas precious Liz.

    • Charletta December 19, 2020 at 7:43 am #

      One of my favorite ornaments is an Angel. I was very ill in hospital, had surgery and she is what I saw when I woke up. So thankful for my great husband

  4. LynnJack December 18, 2020 at 2:18 pm #

    I could never express to you how much I have enjoyed your teachings this fall and winter! It has blessed me so much as I am a recent widow and now so limited because of COVID 19 restrictions. I eagerly look forward to each lesson.

    I love to decorate my home with things I have collected for 50 years which give me much joy to remember. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. I would love these books as I have not read any of these. Thank you.

    Lynn Jack
    1083 E Apple Blossom Lane
    Greenfield, IN. 46140

  5. Beth Mead December 18, 2020 at 2:18 pm #

    Thank you Liz for The Pine Tree Parable storybook. I’ve taught school for over 30 years and one of my traditions has been to read your book outloud to my students. So today I read it with my 5th grade class. I wish you could have seen there faces and the child like love in their hearts for Jesus. It’s difficult to read this precious little book and not cry. So once again my voice cracked and I had to take a moment to just think on the things of the Lord! Thank you Liz for writing and publishing this little treasure that has now become a tradition in many of our homes and classrooms too. Lord bless you and Merry Christmas.

    • Raquel G. December 18, 2020 at 2:43 pm #

      I enjoy decorating with Victorian ornaments that I’ve bought over the years and with photos of my family in sparkly rhinestones.
      Liz, may you and family have a joyous, fun and happy Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Prosperous New Year! 🤗

    • Linda Kelley December 19, 2020 at 6:27 am #

      My favorite decoration is a Christmas tree made by my, now in her forties, daughter when she was five. It is about 1 1/2″ tall. Fingerprinted in beautiful volors and so precious to me. I covered it in contact paper and it has held up well all these years, as well as the loving memories.

      • Debra Sawinski December 20, 2020 at 8:17 am #

        For many years, our tree was decorated with a star on top. I wanted an angel like the one my Mom and Dad always put on the tree growing up. Theirs was very old and I knew I wouldn’t find one just like that one. But I still wanted an angel. So one day, I prayed I would find an angel and went shopping. I kept praying I would find just the right one. I had almost given up when I saw it. It was perfect and so pretty but more money then I could pay. But imagine my excitement when I found out it was fifty percent off! When I look at the angel now, I am reminded of the angel from growing up, answered prayers and how God cares for us even in the small things. Christmas helps us remember God’s great love for us.

  6. Gayle Dyer December 18, 2020 at 2:23 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decorations are two nativity scenes. One is from Bethlehem. My oldest daughter spent 3 months in Israel going to school. She brought it back for me. The other is from Uganda. My youngest daughter went to Uganda twice helping missionary friends that run an orphanage. I love them because they remind me of the true meaning of Christmas and because my daughters gave them to me. I’m grateful they both love the Lord!

  7. Jo Ann Miller December 18, 2020 at 2:24 pm #

    My favorite ornament is one created by my older sister. It’s a grape vine wreath with a baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes with a silver star on top. Homemade is always my favorite.

  8. Lisa Donelson December 18, 2020 at 2:26 pm #

    My Mom was a very dear lady. She crocheted from the time she was a young girl. I have a box of crocheted angels and small bells that always go on my Christmas tree. Her angels went all over the United States, and some even went to some missionary friends of mine in India one year. Mom went to be with Jesus in 2007, but I feel her love every time I look at those beautiful angels. Thanks, Liz, for all your encouragement!

  9. Beth Scripter December 18, 2020 at 2:27 pm #

    This year I made a quilt with a Christmas tree design on it. HOW fun to use the beautiful Christmas fabric. It is hanging in our home. It is quilted in RED lights!!

  10. Arleen Jacobson December 18, 2020 at 2:29 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decoration is the hand carved olive wood manger scene from Bethlehem that was purchased on a trip to the Holy Land. It sits on a table in my entryway for all to see.

  11. Deb Fine' December 18, 2020 at 2:29 pm #

    Liz, you have been such a blessing to me this year. I was able to be at most of your online studies for Embrace Grace and Women of Christmas. Was also able to see you here in Springfield for Fresh Ground Faith. You are such a special person; one who leaves you with a feeling like you have been hugged and understood even though you don’t know me. Continue what you are doing. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

  12. Jean December 18, 2020 at 2:31 pm #

    My favorite ornament is a book, that’s antiqued, with a picture of the nativity on it. It sits on a book stand. I purchased it from a craft fair the year my husband and I married. It’s graced our living room for 42 years. Merry Christmas to all!

  13. Kathleen Kane December 18, 2020 at 2:31 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decoration is a very old Santa sleigh with Santa sitting in the sleigh that my mother had when she was a little girl. The sleigh has a reindeer pulling the sleigh. Mom place a piece of cotton on Santa’s lap to keep him warm. It is wrapped very carefully and every year we stop and open that ornament and talk about our mom who passed away four years ago at 82 and her mom who lived to 99. It is gently placed on the branch of our tree in a prominent place fir all to see. It is so old now and just priceless to our family.

  14. Monica Natzel December 18, 2020 at 2:31 pm #

    Our favorite ornament is a ceramic of Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus. It keeps our focus on what Christmas is really all about.
    God’s blessings on you.❤🎄

  15. Kathryn Thompson December 18, 2020 at 2:39 pm #

    My favorite ornaments are the ones that were made by my mom. She taught us about Jesus from childhood and always had us make homemade ones each year. She has dementia and does not know us anymore except that we visit her. So I treasure these ornaments. And I will pass them on down to my grandchildren. Thank you Liz for all your teachings and I pray that you and your family have a blessed Christmas and New Year.

  16. Marilynn in NM December 18, 2020 at 2:40 pm #

    our family uses the ornaments and nativity sets from family members who have gone before us…. and a needlepoint countdown aka advent calendar made by late father. This way they are remembered in a very special way and memories made long ago are kept alive! In corporate the old and add the new…. three generations! Blessings to all!!

  17. Elsie December 18, 2020 at 2:41 pm #

    My beautiful large angel – she has on a beautiful blue velveteen dress with white fur around it; translucent plastic wings with white fur wrapped on them and blinking lights on them. She is around 2 or 3 feet tall and she is on my bar close to an electrical outlet. My mother had it who is now in heaven and it was past onto me. Reminds me that my mom is heaven and angels are with us.

  18. Linda Johnson December 18, 2020 at 2:41 pm #

    My kids are all grown up and some have left our home to establish their own. My favorite Christmas ornaments are those that they made with their little hands in preschool and elementary school, some of which showcase their photographs at that time in their little life.
    When hung on the tree, it is a reminder that Jesus embraced these littles when He hung on the tree at Calvary.
    While they really dislike the spotlight that I cast on these ornaments (they’re usually front and center), I am reminded that these were my greatest presents around the tree and that The Lord Himself is Present in their lives.

  19. Joan Harris December 18, 2020 at 2:42 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decorations are ornaments that I put on my tree that I have collected as souvenirs – Mickey Mouse from Disneyworld, Santa and Mrs. Claus from Las Vegas, decorated sand dollar from Ocracoke, NC – and the list goes on. I love remembering good times with family and friends as I decorate my tree.

  20. Donna Brockman December 18, 2020 at 2:42 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decoration is a gift I gave then received back again. I spent an entire year creating a ceramic nativity set for my mother, adding additional animals to the traditional figures, and gave it to her for Christmas in 1978. Being a minister’s wife, it got a lot of use in their chapel. In fact one year an accidental fall broke the angel into several pieces. She glued them back together and continued to use it. When she passed away in 1994, she returned the nativity to me. I have used it every Christmas since. It is very precious to me, not because I made it but because my mother treasured it.

  21. Diane Waynick December 18, 2020 at 2:43 pm #

    Decorating for Christmas is always such a joy for me. My husband and I have two trees in our house. One tree is elegant and covered with white lights and ornaments of silver, gold, and crystal. The other tree, which is my favorite, is what I call my “memory tree.” It’s such a gift each year to unwrap the memories that the colorful ornaments represent. Many of the ornaments are hand made. Some were given to us by friends or family members who are now with the Lord. So each year as I put up this tree, I give thanks for the people that God has placed in my life and the memories that we shared. Each one a precious gift to me and my family.

  22. Judy Miller December 18, 2020 at 2:45 pm #

    One of my favorite ornaments is a little wooden nativity scene. I don’t remember where it came from. I didn’t buy it nor was it a gift someone gave me. I was in a box mixed in with several other leftover or rejected little wooden ornaments. It is old by the looks of it. It is very simple and unassuming, not flashy or fancy just plain and rather childlike in it’s making, but to me it has a sweetness about it that reminds me of our Savior.

  23. Ann December 18, 2020 at 2:46 pm #

    I am downsizing in the size of the tree, so that means also downsizing in the ornaments adorning the tree. I have one of both my sons when they were in school inside a “frame” of a colored teddy bear. This week, I also purchased an ornament the man made with a scroll saw of the nativity. I love nativity ornaments. 1-my sister (who is no longer on this earth) loved them and so I started collecting more of them, and 2- it is a precious reminder that my God sent his son as a babe to die for my sins. He knew me, yet he loved me!

  24. nettie Hensley December 18, 2020 at 2:50 pm #

    My favorit ornament is and envelope with a letter to Jesus
    saying I love you.
    from my little nephew and niece.
    it is silver.

  25. Dawn December 18, 2020 at 2:57 pm #

    This year our Christmas tree is different. More elegant. We did a gold ribbon ( thanks to my daughter) instead of garland. Gold, red, green ornaments. I also put in red with gold trim poinsettias. Gold star on top. This is different. Of course there are decorations all through out the house. Lots of Snoopys.

    • Tammy Wilshire December 19, 2020 at 1:09 pm #

      Our tree is comprised of both store bought and homemade ornaments. My favorites are the ones that we have from my husband and my childhoods that our parents lovingly kept and gave us after we were married. But my absolute favorite is an adorable little snowman out daughter made in kindergarten 17 years ago. These are the memories I cherish at Christmas.

  26. Sandy December 18, 2020 at 2:59 pm #

    I have a very ugly old Santa made out of wax that was my Grrandmother’s . I am 70 years old so you can understand why I say old. But every time I hang it on my tree I think of all the good memories I have of that dear lady.

  27. Drema December 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm #

    My most treasured ornaments are “Small Needle Point Pillows and a Santa Pillow”, that my oldest daughter made me in October of 1993!
    Also, a small Creche, with animals and everything she gave a short while later. I put them on and under my little tree every year! [3 to 4 in figurines painted in super detail. It’s like the night of His birth comes alive when studying it..and the ornaments bring her expression of love close to me afresh.

    • Linda Spiel December 19, 2020 at 6:40 pm #

      When I was 6 years old, my mom was diagnosed with MS. She became debilitated very quickly and at a young age of 30, she was confined to a nursing home. My parents were divorced, so I moved from Maryland to Chicago, to live with my dad. While in the nursing home, as part of her occupational therapy, my mom made me an ornament and had it sent to me. A month later, my mom passed. The ornament is the only thing I have from her and I cherish it with all my heart.

  28. Emily Porter December 18, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

    I love our little nativity scene carved out of olive wood, brought back from a life-changing visit to Israel and Jordan where my husband and I spent a summer taking graduate courses in historical geography!

  29. Marla Clark December 18, 2020 at 3:09 pm #

    Fifty five years ago, my mother hand crafted the Wizard of Oz ornaments. Now that I am in the “winter” of my life, and my large tree is a thing of the past, the special ornaments are displayed on a red ribbon in my favorite room, reminding me of my mom and the love and caring put into this wonderful gift. Special blessings are these precious memories of the days of yore.

    • Marilyn Fielding December 19, 2020 at 1:11 pm #

      Because of you Liz and “The Women of Christmas” online Bible study I have love in my heart again for Christmas. I discarded all of my Christmas ornaments years ago including ornaments handed down over the years. Sorrow and immense hurt no longer live in my heart. Joy lives in my heart now. So this year I am starting fresh with Christmas! Your upbeat loving personality in presenting the Word of God is what my soul needed. Merry Christmas!

  30. Lynda Hardesty December 18, 2020 at 3:09 pm #

    Friends, several years ago gave us a pyramid they bought in Germany. Our 3 granddaughters look forward to setting it up, lighting the candles and watching the native figures go around. The wonder in their eyes is still there from the first time they watched it. Then they can set the village up on the dining room table and wash stand. They gave joy in their excitement.

  31. Gail Mercer December 18, 2020 at 3:10 pm #

    When I was growing up my mother belonged to Tri Kappa sorority which supported charity and education. Every year they had a Christmas bazaar and my mother made snowmen. They were styrofoam balls glued together and she knitted outfits including hats for them. I helped myself to quite a few of the ones I liked best (she made a wide variety) over the years and they are my favorite decoration all these many years later. I could never part with them!

  32. Mary Nossett December 18, 2020 at 3:10 pm #

    The first decoration I put into place each year is is the Fontanini Nativity inherited from a dear, senior lady in one of our former churches before her passing. We fell in love with the 12-inch tall characters at first sight: shepherds, sheep, towns people, kings, camels, angels, Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus . We were mesmerized by the love story of Christ coming as the babe in the manger to save us all from our sins. It sits in the place of honor on the living room floor where my grandsons can get face-to-face with the characters and see up close the reason we celebrate Christmas, “Immanuel, God with us!”

  33. Barbara Clark December 18, 2020 at 3:11 pm #

    Every year our daughter gives us a photo ornament with a picture of our four grandchildren. I hang this ornament on a hook on our kitchen window sill, so that I can see it all year. At Christmas, we put it on the tree.
    We also get a calendar with pictures of our grandkids for each month. It gives us the highlights of their lives for the year. Both gifts are a true treasure.

  34. Lea Deisher December 18, 2020 at 3:12 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decoration is a picture that a friend painted for me years ago. It was a plain brown shopping bag that she used to carry a gift. The painting on the bag was too pretty to toss. It was a snowy scene of a mill with the word Noel. I framed it and it sits on my book case every year. I love to loose myself in the scene just thinking how peaceful and still it would be.

  35. Amy Holland December 18, 2020 at 3:12 pm #

    Mt favorite “ornament” is the angel on top of our tree. My grandmother, whom we were very close to, passed away almost 2 years ago. I was blessed to inherit her angel tree topper. She crocheted it years ago and always placed it on the top of her tree. It is so special to me! Every time I look at it, I smile and think of all of the fun memories our family has of our dear Grandma!

  36. Faith Simpson December 18, 2020 at 3:21 pm #

    I have angels and sheep all over my house all year long, because I collect both. My FAVORITE angel comes out to grace the entry table just at Christmas. She is definitely a “Christmas” angel, and I found her in an unlikely place: the grocery store!! Angels show up most often in unlikely places.

  37. Sandy Schneekloth December 18, 2020 at 3:22 pm #

    One of my very favorite Christmas decoration is a manger, made by my dad who is no longer living, and the nativity my mom made for me. It was given to me the first Christmas that I lived away from home, on my own, and was teaching in a town about 3 hours from my parents’ home. Now, that my dad is no longer living, this nativity, which is the whole reason for the season, is even more special knowing he made this for me!

  38. Carol Jones December 18, 2020 at 3:23 pm #

    I love, love, love the way you have used the photos. I am so glad you let us know that these are your special treasures from your very own home. Do you also take the pictures? My favorite Christmas thing is a nativity that was my mom’s. She bought it in 1953 after my brother was born at St Joesph’s Hospital in Louiville, KY. At that time good Baptists did not have “images” as Catholics did. When Mom was in the hospital birthing my brother she recognized the significance of the nativity and realized being Baptist did not exempt her from having one of her own. She purchased a nativity at that time and then allowed us children to play with it. Today this nativity with earless donkey and hornless cow is my special treasure. AND Lizzy! What an absolutely stunning picture of you !!!!

  39. Doris Acker December 18, 2020 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi, Liz! I just went and looked at our tree-so many favorite ornaments. So many favorite decorations around the house, too! I guess I have to say my favorite is the Nativity scene which we bought at a Sears store when our son was about 9 years old when we lived in Pennsylvania. I have added a shepherd and some sheep from a set that was my Dad’s when I was little and I think they were his parents! So the sheep, shepherd and also a camel I think could be nearly one hundred years old. One of the sheep is missing a leg. We split up my Dad’s set when he passes away and I got the shepherd and the animals. Along with a Candlelight service on Christmas Eve those are my Christmas favorites.

  40. Sharon White December 18, 2020 at 3:27 pm #

    Not sure what to click in for the contest but my favourite ornament(s) are our first Christmas as husband & wife. It is or an large bobble, old design- purple and silver entwine the bobble. It says, First Christmas 1984. Other favorite ornaments are angels, some gifted to me by friends and ones I have bought. My angel collection started when a school friend was murdered. Her mother erected an angel by her grave site. I now collect angels in her memory but for all children and friends who have passed away. Also, the angel brought good news to Mary and the angels glorified God in the highest. Have a Merry Christmas! And, a blessed New Year.

  41. Lois Michael December 18, 2020 at 3:28 pm #

    My favorite things are the handmade ornaments I have crafted each year for my children, grandchildren and now my great grands. I’ve always included extras every year so when I’m gone, there will be many who have a piece of my heart and love.
    I love looking at others decorations, in particular, nativity scenes. They are so unique.

  42. Kathryn Colvin December 18, 2020 at 3:30 pm #

    Two of my favorite ornaments were made by my children while still in preschool. One is a paper plate angel with glitter galore (groan!) and her picture as the face. The other is a piece of notebook paper scribbled on with marker, then squished into a ball, and a hook by which to hang it. I marvel each year at their outward simplicity and inward beauty, each created with love, and given with joy. How could I ever let them go?

  43. Denise McPheron December 18, 2020 at 3:37 pm #

    I have three favorite ornaments. My three children have an ornament that was given to them by their grandma on their first Christmas. She has since passed away. Every Christmas when I put them up I think of my kids first Christmas and their grandma who celebrates Christmas in heaven.

  44. Diana Azzuolo December 18, 2020 at 3:37 pm #

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a plain smaller wooden shaped heart that has the words “Merry Christmas”, on the front. My mom bought it at a local Christmas market, hand made; But the best part is what is on the back, “love mom and dad”. The reason this is so precious to me, this was given to me, signed by my mom the last Christmas she was here on earth, 2003. She was diagnosed with brain cancer April 2004 and home with Jesus Dec. 5th 2004.

  45. Dorsee Kemp December 18, 2020 at 3:41 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decoration is our tree topper. It’s an angel,surrounded by clouds and lights. What makes it so special is that it adorned our tree every year when I was a child. I found it in a box of old decorations last year and couldn’t believe it still worked.It reminds me of God’s faithfulness throughout my life and His gift of Jesus.

  46. Ruth Wenzel December 18, 2020 at 3:41 pm #

    I have some very special ornaments from my adult children. They are the swarovsky crystal stars. But my most sentimental this year is the “Forever Loved” ornament which includes a picture of the second greatest gift God gave me, the love of my life. First His Son, secondly, my husband of 38 years. He entered the hospital 5 years ago mid-December and passed away in February. God carried both of us the whole way.
    Five years ago and God still is with me on this journey to heaven!

  47. Kay December 18, 2020 at 3:47 pm #

    Hi Liz, so hard to say which is my Favorite! I collect nativity scenes, beautiful ines fun ones and the mes. Some from other countries. But I also have a very old musical figurine of Santa kneeling by baby Jesus in a manger. It has been in our family for many years and it is special that when the kids/grands are little I can give them perspective of who Jesus is and that He is the reason we celebrate not Santa, Santa celebrates Jesus as well =)kay

    • Kay December 18, 2020 at 3:49 pm #

      Kay here apparently my spell check went haywire lol

  48. Kathy Ekema December 18, 2020 at 3:49 pm #

    My very special ornament is displayed year-round as our Christmas tree is up year-round. It is one that my daughter’s 3rd grade teacher made me back in 1986 that was hand cross stitched and framed. It is the nativity scene. It was given to me as a Christmas gift for my helping out in her classroom and helping grade papers every Tuesday night. Every time I see it it reminds me of her and the good relationship we had. The teacher and I are still friends and keep in touch mainly through Facebook.

  49. Tawn December 18, 2020 at 3:50 pm #

    My favorite ornaments are those that our kids made when they were little. They bring back so many special memories of those precious years! We also have an old Nativity scene that we got at Cracker Barrel. When you turn it on, a deep voice recites Luke 2! The funny thing is that it’s a kinda scary voice. Our kids memorized the chapter with the help of this decoration, but they still make fun of that scary voice! Oh, the memories! Beautiful post with Luke 2 entertwined with your photos. Thank you! Merry Christmas!

    • Tarrie Hofman December 19, 2020 at 9:51 am #

      My favorite ornament is the one we got at a show, it is a Christmas tree with the names of all our children……that was a time to be cherished and our family was all together.

  50. Denise McNally December 18, 2020 at 3:58 pm #

    Thank you, Liz, for the Women of Christmas study! It was what I needed to prepare my heart for this Christmas season! Two years ago we downsized, and that included Christmas stuff. I only kept the most meaningful ornaments. Last year we went south for the winter so did not use any of the Christmas decor. This year, however, we are home! It is difficult to select one ornament, as these are ALL my favorites! However, I am kind of partial to the two ornaments that have pictures of our children and grands! Merry Christmas to you and all of the wonderful readers out there!

  51. Lesli Pool December 18, 2020 at 3:59 pm #

    My favorite ornament is one I just received. It is a glass angel with a silver skirt. My dad passed away in August this year but he picked this ornament out for me after Christmas last year. My mom just gave it to me. This year is so hard anyway but I know my dad is looking over me with his protective instincts. Best angel.

  52. Ann December 18, 2020 at 4:05 pm #

    I have a set of 5 tiny wooden angels, about 1-1/2 inches tall, each holding a different musical instrument. One holds a violin, one a harp, one holds a songbook, etc. They were my parents’ before they came to me, and I would spend long minutes when I was a child looking at them rearranging them around a tiny plastic creche’. They represented Christmas to me every bit as much as the tinsel Christmas tree (which I also now have). I still enjoy arranging them on the mantel every Christmas.

  53. Karen Jones December 18, 2020 at 4:06 pm #

    May I say, your photos tied in with scripture are always perfect. As I change tree themes from year to year, there isn’t a specific favorite ornament so much. However, I began collecting nativities about 38 years ago. Some I’ve purchased, and many have been gifted to me. I simply love displaying them all about our home. I do have a cherished favorite one of those. To commentate my one visit to Israel, I purchased a hand carved olive wood nativity there that I used one carry-on to get it back home because I didn’t trust the shipping process….. it has great meaning to me.

  54. Maureen Hager December 18, 2020 at 4:21 pm #

    My favorite ornaments are from the Real Woolly collection. I love the joyous faces of the sheep as they look into the manager.

  55. December 18, 2020 at 4:21 pm #

    My favorite decoration is something a dear friend made for me. It’s an advent ring with 25 candle holes. One for each day. My husband and I read from an advent book written by John Pipper. We lite the candles and read. Then we blow them out and spend a few minutes in prayer.

  56. Judy December 18, 2020 at 4:25 pm #

    My favorite ornament this year on my tree is my beautiful angel ornament that my secret sister gave me. It is crystal like and she lights up .I have so enjoyed your Tuesday @12 and your Friday mornings .

  57. Marty December 18, 2020 at 4:27 pm #

    One thing I love to put up at Christmas is a clock that plays a different Christmas carol at the top of each hour.

  58. Theresa Weaver December 18, 2020 at 4:29 pm #

    My favorite ornaments this year on our Christmas Tree, are the wood cookies cut from our backyard trees. Each thinly sliced 3 inches round, then I wrote one word with black sharpie on each : like BEHOLD, PEACE, JESUS, BRIGHT, PRAY, ect. On the back side I drew a winter scene or covered it with festive fabric.
    Love it, homemade and from our yard, and I give them away because well the tree gave us so many!!
    Comfort and Joy

  59. Megan December 18, 2020 at 4:34 pm #

    I have two ornaments I really love. The first is actually our tree topper which is an angel holding a light. The second is a wooden plaque ornament that has a photo of Mary holding baby Jesus, and she is looking down at Him with such love. I enjoy seeing that one on the tree. Thank you so much for the chance to win. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  60. Jan Prideaux December 18, 2020 at 4:35 pm #

    Hi Liz, Thanks so much for your beautiful and encouraging words, books, and studies. You are indeed a blessing to so many and I’m grateful. My most treasured is a simple multicolor yarn ornament that was knotted around a cardboard circle that my son, Kristian made when he was five. It has survived many, many years, including small, tree-climbing kitties, a move or two, and all that comes with it. I treasure this precious creation that Kristian’s then-tiny hands made just for me. Today he is a man that is steadfast in his faith and confident in his Savior. Praising God for guiding Kristian every step of the way, and for His Love, Faithfulness, and Perfect Plan for us. Like Mary, even today I ponder these things in my heart.

  61. Tamela Layman December 18, 2020 at 4:37 pm #

    I collected Hallmark ornaments for my three boys over the years. ( now grown in their 20s)- jack n the boxes, snow angels, trains, I collect ornaments when we travel- ( Love my beach ornaments). I have ornaments on my tree that I put on my tree when I was four (unbreakable), glass ornaments from loved ones who’ve passed, an angel topper, an elf hiding in the branches, homemade ornaments from my grown boys from preschool, and ornaments given to me as a gift. They are all my favorites.

    I set the tree up and we all take turns adding ornaments. They are all my favorites. So many memories.

  62. Karen Taylor December 18, 2020 at 4:41 pm #

    I have a beautiful ceramic Nativity set that my sister hand painted for me several years ago. Then my dad made a barn to display it in. It is my most cherished Christmas decoration. Merry Christmas Liz.

  63. Carol December 18, 2020 at 4:42 pm #

    I have so many favorites! I love telling the stories of each one as we decorate the tree. If I had to pick a single favorite, though. It would be the family of owls I had made for us the year that my oldest daughter graduated hs, middle daughter started college, and another started high school. It’s also the year that our youngest daughter (SURPRISE!) was born. It’s personalized with all 4 girls names, plus mom and dad.

  64. Dian Jones December 18, 2020 at 4:42 pm #

    My husband purchased a ceramic nativity scene for me. It is placed in a space under my tv for all to see. Since my husband celebrates Christmas with Jesus for the past 3 years, the nativity scene means alot to orur family.

  65. Mona Johnston December 18, 2020 at 4:42 pm #

    I have many favorite ornaments on my tree but if I have to pick one it would be the heart embroidered with Sarah Elizabeth Huston 4/21/1997. A reminder of my stillborn daughter made from a piece of her blanket.

  66. Paula Shreckhise December 18, 2020 at 5:01 pm #

    I collect angels, so my favorite is a three inch doll that is dresses as an angel. Also this year at out craft sale at Church, I got a white stone nativity, it is just Maty Joseph and baby Jesus in a block.

  67. Sarah December 18, 2020 at 5:09 pm #

    I have a doormat with snowmen on. When you step on it, the snowmen light up and it plays “Jingle Bells”. This is my favourite ornament because it makes people smile when they come to visit.

  68. Marcia December 18, 2020 at 5:10 pm #

    My favorite decorations include lanterns and candles. The soft glow adds warmth to our home and always reminds that Jesus is the light of the world.

  69. Debbie Henry December 18, 2020 at 5:11 pm #

    My favorite and most meaningful ornament is a dated Christopher Radko ornament that my husband gave me in 2014. It was the Christmas after my mother passed away as a result of a car accident. My mother collected Christopher Radko ornaments and I liked them but never purchased one because they are rather expensive. My husband knew I was interested in Christopher Radko’s but was not aware my mother collected them. Such a special memorial to my mother now.

  70. Cheryl Barth December 18, 2020 at 5:12 pm #

    Hi Liz,
    Probably one of my favorite Christmas decorations would be the nativity set we put out each year. It was the set we put out every year when I was growing up. Now we put it out every year with a lamb resting patiently in the manger til Christmas Eve. Each year one of our children had the privilege of removing the lamb and putting baby Jesus in. As they grew up and had children we added them to the group, and they(adults) and grandchildren wait their turn.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  71. Becky! December 18, 2020 at 5:35 pm #

    My favorite ornaments are 4 precious angel ones that my mother gave me many years ago. I have collected angels of all kinds for many, many years but these ornaments are my favorite. They are very simple and made of cardboard-like material but I love them! She was a definite angel on this earth! Merry Christmas to you!

  72. Sandy Kozol December 18, 2020 at 5:37 pm #

    My sentimental ornaments are those crocheted by my grandmother, long gone. She created skates, both ice and roller types and a little kewpie doll that has a crocheted dress. We put them on the tree each year.

  73. Karen Sargent December 18, 2020 at 5:38 pm #

    Hi Liz. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I really enjoy getting your emails. They are always inspiring and I usually share them with my Mother by reading them to her. She is 86 and her eye sight isn’t quite as good as it use to be. Anyway my favorite decoration at Christmas is something my mother made when she was 13 years old. She created 3 wisemen out of paper mache that stand about 8 or 9 inches tall. They mean so much to me. Thank you again for all that you do. Blessings Karen Sargent.

  74. Elizabeth Edwards December 18, 2020 at 5:43 pm #

    My favorite ornament is the angel tree topper made from crocheted lace dollies from my husband’s grandmother. My mother-in-law had one made for each of us and I love putting the angel on top of the tree and remembering family.

  75. Veronica December 18, 2020 at 5:48 pm #

    I enjoy seeing your name as I go into my email. May you have a special Merry Christmas. Thank you for bringing the word of God to us.

  76. Ami December 18, 2020 at 6:03 pm #

    Hello, Liz! I hope you’re having a wonderful Holiday season! It’s very hard to pick one favorite Christmas decoration as I am a very big (sometimes ridiculous lol) sentimentalist and a good portion of my decorations hold some form of sentimental value. So I will pick just TWO! 😀 The little light up village I inherited from my mom after she passed away almost 4 years ago. It has a wonderful, cozy glow and I love it. And also the 3 canvas paintings I made with my son’s precious little feet and hands when he was 1 and then also last year when he was 4- a Christmas tree, a Rudolf and “Mistletoes”. 🙂 Thank you for your wonderfully encouraging e-mails! <3

  77. Gay Martin December 18, 2020 at 6:04 pm #

    My most loved Christmas ornament is a crown of thorns from the Holy Land…..we put it on top of our ‘Jesus tree’ which has ornaments all pertaining to Jesus, with His names (Messiah, etc.)k k The crown of thorns is a reminder that He was born to die for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead and is soon to return as KING OF KINGS!

  78. Carrie Padgett December 18, 2020 at 6:06 pm #

    Merry Christmas, dear Lizzie!
    I have a collection of angels that I love. Some are figurines that sit on my bookshelves and some are ornaments on the tree. They always make me smile.

  79. Susan Lee December 18, 2020 at 6:11 pm #

    My favorite ornament is a glass ornament given to me by Hospice in honor of my husband who was in hospice. He went to meet Jesus in 2015. Hospice care allowed him to be at home and was a tremendous help to me.

    Merry Christmas and best wishes for good health to you!

  80. Debbie December 18, 2020 at 6:12 pm #

    I have a picture frame that looks like a sled-red metal and wooden slats. It has a picture of my kids w/Santa when they were about 2 and 5. They’re now 32 and 35! I love setting that out every Christmas:)

  81. Donita Godwin December 18, 2020 at 6:34 pm #

    My favorite ornament is a rusty star with the baby Jesus in the manager and the Christmas star painted in the background. The words on the rusty star say, ” Wisemen still seek Him.” It couldn’t be more true today then over 2020 years ago.

    Merry Christmas, Liz and family,
    from one very thankful friend who has so enjoyed all the effort you have made during this crazy season of distent.


  82. Laura Jones December 18, 2020 at 7:03 pm #

    For our first Christmas as newlyweds 34 years ago, my husband gave me the small Precious Moments Nativity Scene. It has been missing a lamb for years, and the Wise Men had to undergo the Super Glue Surgical Reattachment of their heads after an encounter with a 3-year old son of ours. But each year it is in a focal point of our home to remind us that He was the best gift ever – and he accepts us with our missing pieces and broken parts!

    Don’t you need to come back to Pagosa Springs, Colorado?!

  83. Susan Hawkins December 18, 2020 at 7:11 pm #

    My favorite decoration this year is the hand-painted porcelain Nativity set I found at a local thrift shop. I have always wanted a nativity set that wasn’t “cutesy,” although there is nothing wrong with cutesy. This year I just thought wistfully that it would be nice if I could find one I could afford. And there it was, my Christmas gift from God. Unexpected. He even hears the silent wistful thoughts. Beyond the Nativity, I have just put up a tree with white lights, and a lighted village underneath. It is simple and peaceful. Perfect, especially with a fragrant candle burning.

  84. Bonnie Oelschlager December 18, 2020 at 7:12 pm #

    My son made a kind of sorry looking snowman out of clay in second grade. He just turned 50 and I still have it and it is my favorite.

  85. Sharon Marks December 18, 2020 at 7:19 pm #

    My favorite ornaments are my boys first Christmas ornaments. I still remember so vividly holding each one of them at Christmas and wondering if how I felt was how Mary felt. It was truly the first time I related to Mary on an emotional level. My boys are 36, 33 and 30 and I still love to put their ornaments up each year, along with my grandchildren’s first Christmas ornaments. Treasures for sure!

  86. Sharon Houchin December 18, 2020 at 7:21 pm #

    My Christmas tree is my favorite decoration. I have a card sent for myfirst Christmas by grandparents long gone. It is topped with an angel like my family had. There are ornaments my Mom and I made ( she will be 93). A pic. Of my Day in his navy. Many ornaments made by our 5 children. Then the grandbabies, 20 of them. Gifts made with love for Memaw and Papaw. I love them all. There is not much that sparkles with these homemade gifts, but I tear up as I put them up. The tree has a beautiful red Chenille ribbon that wraps around the tree from our very first Christmas as newlyweds. Cost $12.00 dollars which was a for fortune, because he was in college and I made $2.50 an hr. It is the most beautiful tree, because it speaks how much love our family has and how good our Lord has been to us! Blessings

  87. Zella Musick December 18, 2020 at 7:24 pm #

    My favorite decorations are the Nativity sets I have gotten and been given through the years.

  88. Jessica Alvarado December 18, 2020 at 8:07 pm #

    My favorite ornament is a handmade angel from when my daughter was three years old. She’ll be 11 tomorrow! Its a cone cup with the width on the bottom to look like an angel’s robe. The daycare traced her hands to use as wings. Then they glued a piece of round white paper plate on the top for the head. To finish it they pasted a head shot of her on the round piece. My description probably doesn’t do it justice lol. But hand made my kids are always the best! ❤️

  89. Jan Battistini December 18, 2020 at 8:10 pm #

    Dear Liz,

    Thanks for your heart-warming messages throughout the year, which always arrive at a time when I need them. Through the years, I have collected may precious ornaments, but the ones that bring me great pleasure are the Chrismons, the ornaments of religious symbols. My favorite is the Chi Rho, which is the oldest known monogram for Christ.
    My parents’ Sunday School class always had an Advent workshop making these ornaments. I have treasured these, knowing they were made by my parents who are now in their Heavenly home. The ornaments have a special significance because they were made in the church when my husband and I were married 56 years ago. May the spirit of peace and joy reign in our hearts as we look forward to a year of promise and hope.

  90. Debbie December 18, 2020 at 8:15 pm #

    One of my favorite ornaments, besides the ones my children and grandchildren have made, is an angel made from a flower on Hawaii that we got there while celebrating our 25th anniversary. She looks pretty good considering she is about to celebrate her 25th also.

  91. December 18, 2020 at 8:16 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decorations are my 4 chair covers that have santa Claus faces on them. oe year my family wanted to have some fun so we put them over our heads and danced around, it was a great laugh for the day.

  92. Nyla Kay Wilkerson December 18, 2020 at 8:26 pm #

    One of my favorite Christmas ornaments is a big ball with the 3 Magi and Star. It says “Wise Men Still Seek Him.” So very timeless and true.

    Merry Christmas!
    Nyla Kay
    Nyla Kay Wilkerson

  93. Mary Howell December 18, 2020 at 8:34 pm #

    My favorite Christmas ornaments were hand-carved by my mother, who was one of the original carvers at the John C. Campbell Folk School at Brasstown, NC. She carved angels and children in various poses – praying, playing a musical instrument, caroling, sledding, hanging a stocking, etc.
    She is now in heaven, but each year I enjoy unwrapping these treasured creations.

  94. Ruth Hiebert December 18, 2020 at 8:37 pm #

    My very favorite ornament is not that old. My granddaughter made it for me about 10 years ago. It is a jar lid, with a picture of her and her Grandpa. Her Grandpa, my hubby passed away 10 years ago. This ornament is so very special because of the memories it holds.

  95. Leslie Wilkinson December 18, 2020 at 8:38 pm #

    My most favorite Christmas ornament says “Merry Christmas From Heaven” it was given to me by my sister-in-law in memory of my brother after he passed away from cancer in 2004. It is always the very first ornament I put on the tree.

    Merry Christmas! I have greatly enjoyed your bible studies and they have caused me to ponder my walk and the Word, thank you for your insight! What a beautiful blessing you have been!!

  96. Veronica Garcia December 18, 2020 at 8:41 pm #

    Dear Liz, My favorite Christmas ornament is very simple. It’s the Precious Moments Figurine of Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus. I cherish it so very much because I bought in in 1986 when my husband and I celebrated our 1st Christmas in Bristol, TN. About 2000 miles away from our home and family in Tucson, AZ. Merry Christmas Liz!!! Thank you for sharing your personal and beautiful ornaments with us!

  97. December 18, 2020 at 8:48 pm #

    I have a Precious Moments Nativity set and I found a wooden open barn to put them in and it just means so much to me. I have had it for a lot of years and it still brings me joy when I bring it out each year. We need all the joy we can find this year. I’m so glad that Jesus never changes. We are so blessed that He loves us so much.

    Merry Christmas, dear Liz. May the love of our dear Savior bring you a joyful Christmas season.

  98. Larissa Schuller December 18, 2020 at 9:01 pm #

    Liz, Since this year has been a bit difficult I haven’t really felt in the Christmas mood, but I was determined to get an angel topper for our Christmas tree and I did and she sure is beautiful. White dress with silver accents and she lights up, but she’s not on top of my tree this year. Which is kind of weird since that is really what I wanted but my boys also found another topper that kind of wraps up the year for us. It is a deer head with antlers. The face is red and black plaid, fur around the neck, six points on each antler, and a spring to squeeze the tree top into. This is my favorite topper this year. My husband loves the outdoors, as do I but been hard to enjoy this year due to work schedules and distance learning for our boys. The topper also goes with our wolf decor. God Bless you Liz. Thank you.

  99. Vicki Warner December 18, 2020 at 9:05 pm #

    My favorite Christmas ornament is an “old timey looking nail” given to me from our ladies Bible Study leaders years ago. There is a poem that goes with it. It’s called the Christmas Nail.

  100. Jina Shawback December 18, 2020 at 9:07 pm #

    My favorite is a baby Jesus in a manger that my kids made in Sunday School. Baby Jesus is a peanut and the manger is a toilet paper roll!

  101. Eliza Wittig December 18, 2020 at 9:09 pm #

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a baby bump my husband got me last year, while I was pregnant.

  102. Helen December 18, 2020 at 9:12 pm #

    Mine is a crystal ornament from Mayo Clinic. The ornament symbolizes two miracles when I look at it. First the miracle of the birth of our Savior and the 2nd the miracle of a young life saved. My son was dating a lovely young girl who was diagnosed with cancer. During the surgery they found another unexpected hidden tumor. It was a miracle they found it. She is now 50 and still cancer free! PTL!!

  103. Evelyn P. December 18, 2020 at 9:12 pm #

    One of my favorite Christmas ornaments is one from 2001. My sister and I went to Radio City Music Hall. She paid for our tickets to the Christmas Spectacular show with the Rockettes as Christmas gift. It was fabulous! I remember how sobering it was to look at the New York City skyline and not see the World Trade Center towers. I bought both of us an Ornament as a momento from the show. There was one scene where the Rockettes were dressed like toy soldiers. When one of them got “shot” they fell like dominoes into one another. The ornament I purchased for us was that scene. It always brings bittersweet memories when I see it.

  104. Una Ireland December 18, 2020 at 9:28 pm #

    I have a Santa kneeling by the manger which I really like.

  105. Sandra December 18, 2020 at 9:42 pm #

    Years ago when Hallmark began offering mini ornaments, I began a tree specifically for them. The majority of the little ornaments are inspirational. The tree topper is a glass angel. Each year as my grandchildren & I decorate it, Scriptures in Matthew & Luke are read & discussed.

  106. Arlene December 18, 2020 at 9:44 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decoration is my manger scene given to me by my younger sister.
    Thank you Liz for the Three Women of Christmas Facebook Live. It was so timely and perfectly suited and needed at this time. Also have enjoyed 31 versus to write on my heart Facebook live. I have prayed to learn more of His word and he sent me you.
    Merry Christmas! Arlene

  107. Julie December 18, 2020 at 9:45 pm #

    My favorite ornament this year,is my snowflake. I found at a thrift store.

  108. P. A. Whitney December 18, 2020 at 9:47 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decoration is a paper angel with green hair our son colored in preschool. I covered her in contact paper and we have placed the angel on the top of our tree every year since. Our son is now 32 years old!

  109. Elaine December 18, 2020 at 9:56 pm #

    Merry Christmas Liz. May God continue to bless you and keep you well. My favorite decoration is a glass cross with a beautiful red ribbon tied around it. My words are not adequate. Its stunning.

  110. Louann Lozowski December 18, 2020 at 9:57 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decorations are the homemade ones from both of my kids as they grew up. Every year, as I decorate the tree, I am taken back in my mind and smile from ear to ear pondering over my pleasurable memories. One by one with each ornament that I place I remember, as best I can with each passing year, the joy on their precious faces when they would give them to me. Both grown now, I cherish the memories each and every Christmas season more and more.

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom and knowledge with us Liz. May you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

  111. Alana Morgan December 18, 2020 at 10:24 pm #

    My favorite for sentimental reasons is my tree topper we refer to as ‘fang angel’…she was created by my son Matthew when he was about 6 or 7…a pretty angel with a body from gold foil paper, white paper wings and a white paper circle for a head…when the children were told to draw a face on the angel, well he felt she needed fangs! My Matthew is 46 now and I still have fang angel and bring her out every year!

  112. Carol Maldonado December 18, 2020 at 10:29 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decorations is my manger scene my friend gave to me. I light candles beside it and it just seemed to glow.

    Merry Christmas.

  113. Jean Higginbotham December 18, 2020 at 10:40 pm #

    My favorite ornament on my tree. is the gold lighthouse I bought 3 Christmases ago after my husband of 56 years passed away. He grew up on the coast of Georgia at St. Simons Island. He loved the lighthouse there. The ornament has Swavroski crystals that glimmer with the multicolored lights. It is the first ornament I put on the tree. I miss him so much. I know he is well and at home with Jesus.

  114. Linda McFarland December 18, 2020 at 10:40 pm #

    Your decorations are so pretty. Would love to know what your favorite decoration is. Mine is a ceramic nativity my mom made. It is very special and elegant. She is 93 and in the throes of dementia and doesn’t remember she made it but it is precious to me and so is she. Merry Christmas and thanks for the opportunity to win!

  115. Laura Gaunnac December 18, 2020 at 10:58 pm #

    One of my favorite Christmas decorations is not something I hang on the tree, but an advent calendar. It is a vintage paper one made in WEST Germany, obviously before the Berlin Wall came down and the two Germanys were united again in 1989. I was given one like this each year when I was a little girl, and so I was very pleased to find them again on Etsy this year! Just like a child–I am one in my heart–l look forward each day to opening the little window and seeing the tiny picture that is revealed. I have it standing on a window sill so the opened windows look like stained glass during the daytime because of the light behind them.

  116. Nancy Zaorski December 18, 2020 at 11:00 pm #

    Hi Liz,
    I love being with you on Tuesdays and Sundays. Still working on my memorizing.
    My favorite Christmas ornament is the ultrasound picture ornament of my granddaughter that was given to my husband and myself 17 years ago. It is placed every year at the top of our tree, right under our angel .It is our treasure as she is .
    A blessed Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for your ministry! You really do make a difference!
    Gratefully, Nancy

  117. Lucinda Maxwell December 18, 2020 at 11:22 pm #

    My favorite decoration has always been a lighted

    star. It seems to draw my attention to the brightness

    of the light the original star had to have been on

    that special night and still is today.

  118. Karen Cate December 18, 2020 at 11:46 pm #

    Matthew 2:10 When they (the Wise Men) saw the star they were filled with JOY! Then they found the young child, Jesus, and they worshipped Him and gave Him gifts~

    My favorite ornaments are STARS made of anything-wood, metal, felt, crocheted, yarn, etc. Stars are now the only ornaments on our tree. Last year, I began the tradition of mailing each of our grandchildren a star from our collection, along with a scripture verse, in hopes they will have quite a few by the time they decorate their own trees one day!
    “wise men still seek Christ” right?

  119. December 19, 2020 at 12:55 am #

    Dear Liz,
    Merry Christmas to you and your Kin! My favorite Christmas decor is my Stable which was made for me 50 years ago by my Father in Law. It is large and very humble. It is a copy of the one he built for them 50 years before mine. They were newly married and living way up in Northern Wisconsin. They were poor so for their first Christmas Nels made this crèche for Mildred. They found Jesus, Mary and Joseph, put hay on the floor and put a light in the back. He cut a star in the front so it shown over their heads. They managed to add the rest of the visitors over the years. I put the stable up first and take down last every year. I take a quiet time to myself to reflect of the blessings I have had from this beautiful baby who changed the our lives.
    I will send you a picture if you would like. Stay safe and stay as beautiful as you are.
    With Love,
    Hope Hansen

  120. Paula Moulds December 19, 2020 at 2:16 am #

    I got married the weekend after Thanksgiving in 1973. For our first Christmas as a married couple, I handmade some felt ornaments for our little tree. They remind me of our special love that year and our Lord who brought us together! Peace and Christmas Blessings!

  121. Lauren Flanagan December 19, 2020 at 2:29 am #

    My favorite ornament is a homemade icicle (made out of tinfoil I think) from my grandmother’s Christmas tree. It’s still in pretty good shape. I used to gaze at it in her tree and somehow I was privileged to take it home to my own tree. Now she is in Heaven, but I have a little piece of her each year.
    Merry Christmas!
    Lauren Flanagan
    5352 Ambassador Ln W #206, Arlington, TN 38002

  122. Kim Kennedy Skinner December 19, 2020 at 3:03 am #

    Rather than my favorite ornament, I am sharing my favorite simple Christmas decoration. It’s a small nativity scene I purchased at Ten Thousand Villages handmade by someone in a small African village. I wanted a nativity scene that was not “white people” as I believe the people involved in this Bible story had dark skin. This nativity scene is crocheted figures and includes the angel, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, 3 wise men, and a shepherd. It’s unbreakable, so my grandkids can play with it.

  123. Penni Rogers December 19, 2020 at 3:30 am #

    My son made an ornament when he was in school. I love this ornament. Each year his daughter looks for it on the tree as and always smiles when she finds it, saying, “that’s the one daddy made.”

  124. Carol December 19, 2020 at 4:46 am #

    We lived in Germany for 6 1/2 years. So 36 years ago we purchased a Christmas pyramid. It has 4 arms that holds 4 candles. In the center is a band of angels. It is made of blond wood and very simple. Over the years I have been able to purchase more angels, a piano, and last of all an organ. I now have a bigger angel band. It reminds me of the time we lived there. Our children were elementary age — a perfect age. It allowed a lot of family time. TV was minimal. We played games and spent a lot of time outside. This is why this ornament means so much to me.

  125. Winifred Miller December 19, 2020 at 5:40 am #

    Dear Liz!
    I am so excited!!
    I’m reading this email with these glorious images and I just can’t contain myself. You see I am a nanny and my little charge who just turned 2 is so thrilled with reading and Christmas and baby Jesus. She love to read board books especially lift-flaps independently.

    Reading your emailed I clearly see a child 5 page lift flaps with these picture on the page and below each one is the nativity scene.

    Oh Liz…. please ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and make this into a Children’s book.. little hands will love the image, the brightness and both parents and child will be blessed with this wonderful story.

    (I am going to print this to take in just for my little one…. can’t wait for yours)

  126. Kristin Richards December 19, 2020 at 6:14 am #

    My favorite Christmas ornament is one I got as a child. My late Aunt Sandy gave it to me. If I remember correctly it was a McDonald’s promotional. It’s a clear plastic ornament that catches the lights on the tree. On it is etched Ebeneezer Scrooge holding Tiny Tim. The famous quote from the book “God bless us everyone” is under the picture. I remember I was about 4 and I saw it on her tree and she told me I could have it. I was so excited! 46 years later its still one of my favorites!

  127. Joan Monson December 19, 2020 at 6:19 am #

    My favorite ornaments are those that came from my mom’s and dad’s collections. They both passed away in 2008, 40 days apart. So those ornaments hold a special place in my heart. When my youngest dropped one that was my dad’s, I cried. And then felt bad for crying because it made my son feel bad.

  128. Donna pottinger December 19, 2020 at 6:19 am #

    There are so many Christmas decorations that I cherish, seems year to year ‘ my favorite things’ change. Now that I’m in the winter season of my life, it’s the vintage, the nostalgic that tug at my heart…glass blown ornaments…my children’s( now grown men) handprints, a rough hewn Nativity, gifted by my sister…so much decor that I pursued for the sake of the trendy look…now its cleaning out my heart…discarding the painful, prideful memories…and keeping one singular light…love…I’m so ready to enter the rest that the Hebrew writer speaks of…

  129. Irma December 19, 2020 at 6:21 am #

    Liz, thank you for sharing photos of your home with us. My most special ornaments are my grandkids first Christmas ornaments. I have one for each grandchild on my tree. Wishing many blessings this Christmas and a healthy and joyful New Year.

  130. Sue December 19, 2020 at 6:24 am #

    My favorite ornament is our tree topper that my first-born son made in kindergarten. It is smashed and wrinkled, but it means so much. We put it on the tree every year. And, every year, my son wants me to throw it away. But, it was our first tree topper, how can we throw that out. My son is now 39 years old. We have had it on our tree for 35 years.

  131. Monica Vardeman December 19, 2020 at 6:25 am #

    Memories. Those are my favorite ornaments. The paint stir stick reindeer that my second oldest made when she was in the first grade, 23 years ago. The crystal ornaments my daddy found at a yard sale 17 years ago, and just new I would love, and he was right. The handprint tree my youngest made in kindergarten 10 years ago. The cedar circle snowmen we made with the kids on a snowy Saturday 7 years ago. Now the more recent, ribbon bows that, if undone, show how tall my grandbabies were that year. And of course, the year ornaments, that are picked specifically due to something that happened in our lives that year. This year we have two, a photo frame with my newest granddaughter born in 2020, and a weenie dog, for our new pet. Memories, those are my favorite ornaments.

  132. Julia Parlett December 19, 2020 at 6:35 am #

    My favorite decorations are my Christmas village and my Advent Calendar. These represent the traditions of Christmas. In the village, I have a “skating rink” that I have had for years. My grandsons played with the skaters and now my great-granddaughter does! My Advent Calendar is a cloth one where characters from the Christmas story are added each day and again, my grandsons used to add them and now my great-granddaughter does.

  133. Jessica Herr December 19, 2020 at 6:47 am #

    My favorite ornament is the one I picked up in Bermuda. It is a ball that has pink sand in it and shells. Going to Bermuda was a dream of mine and this ornament reminds me of all the fun I had.
    Merry Christmas

  134. Latricia Fitzwater December 19, 2020 at 6:49 am #

    My favorite is a birds nest with bird, made by my dear Mom. Miss her so much especially at Christmas.

  135. Carla McKinney December 19, 2020 at 6:56 am #

    My favorite ornament is a ceramic dove made by my mother decades ago. My tree is filled with ornaments that were gifts from family and former students, but this symbol of peace always sits on the same spot on the tree so that I can easily see it. My mother is 83 and I treasure each day with her.

  136. Jean Priest December 19, 2020 at 6:58 am #

    My favorite ornament is a felt one of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz which was hand stitched by my grandmother . It has yarn hair and buttons on the dress, and of course the red sequin shoes. She made these when she was in her 60’s and passed in 2002 at the age of 104.

  137. Kathy December 19, 2020 at 6:59 am #

    My most precious ornament is the angel at the top. My son,27, made it around age 5. His face is the face of the angel. Precious!

  138. Sarah Kirst December 19, 2020 at 7:05 am #

    Most years for the past 20 years we set up a Putz in our home. It depicts the birth of Jesus in lights, music and scripture from the prophecy of Isaiah to the flight into Egypt. We’ve had many people come to see it. It’s really a lovely way to share the Christmas story. My favorite guests are the children who ooh and ahh over the lights as they watch and love to see baby Jesus in the manger. They like to play with the sheep too. Our Putz is on the floor on a raised platform so to see it well, you have to be on your knees before the Savior.

  139. Barbara Bailey December 19, 2020 at 7:05 am #

    My favorite ornament is one my mother made well over 30 years ago. She was an amazing knitter and crochet-er (is that a word?!?). This ornament is an all white crocheted Angel about 3 inches tall. It has no face but you just sense the sweetness about her. There is a tiny row of red stitching around the hem of her dress and sleeves with added lace on both. And there is a tiny appliqué of holly at the bodice.
    My mother passed away 31 years ago in January. This ornament has always been my favorite because my mother made it with love in every stitch and I feel her with me when I place that one in the tree each year.

  140. Jane Sharp December 19, 2020 at 7:05 am #

    My favorite ornaments are the ones my daughter made in Sunday School as a child… the Popsicle cross that is falling apart…. the ones with her picture… the ones with memories attached! Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing your pictures!

  141. Deb Collins December 19, 2020 at 7:14 am #

    My favorite decor is the nativity. I have them in every room of my house. I have the first one that is just Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus made from red clay that was the first I bought after I got married. 42 years later it still is a blessing to me. My nativity ornament is the first to go on the tree prominently in the middle at eye level to draw your eyes to Jesus.

  142. Ronda December 19, 2020 at 7:16 am #

    Morning Liz

    My favorite ornament on my tree is not a traditional ornament but its the Angel that sits atop my tree. I have been praying for her to survive one more Christmas every year…remembered buying her and how pretty she was…. we have tossed her around for many years but somehow she has survived……maybe divine intervention….. but she completes the tree and reminds me to shine brightly thru the season and coming year. LOve to you Liz and your ministry have really enjoyed Sundays @ 7pm and First things Friday. Merry Christmas and Thank You for all you do to spread the love of Jesus.

  143. Janet Gravitt December 19, 2020 at 7:17 am #

    It hard to pick just one or even two, but I’ve always loved putting out something I made about 50 years ago. It’s a candle made from a washcloth and a bar of soap. I made it at church and it reminds me of my loving childhood where my parents always took us to church. I remember the love I felt there and makes me grateful again for God giving me a safe and secure earthly home while growing up. Now I look forward to seeing my parents and people from that church in my eternal home some day.

  144. Lisa December 19, 2020 at 7:17 am #

    I took the joy of Christmas this year and made my theme nativity and angels . Yes, a few Santas and snowmen are thrown in, but my major theme are nativities and baby Jesus. I even have a Star of Bethlehem as my tree topper. Thank you Liz, for sharing this wonderful blog this morning.

  145. Doris Land December 19, 2020 at 7:18 am #

    My favorite Christmas ornaments are the ones my children made in elementary school. My children are all grown up and have families of their own but I kept a few of these special gifts for myself. I put them on so carefully because they are getting old and tattered like myself but they are still special. These ornaments remind me of past Christmas and the joy and laughter we shared.

    I want to also thank you Liz for your Tuesday study and the Sunday Christmas Bible study they have helped me put joy in my Christmas this year. I can’t wait until your new book comes out. Love and God bless you and your family.

  146. Ginger Tallent December 19, 2020 at 7:26 am #

    I have several decorations that say “Joy”. It’s kind of my Christmas theme I guess. Also, I have ceramic Christmas trees that I love. My grandmother had them and one of the ones I have is 50 years old. Merry Christmas! 🎄

  147. Barb Peters December 19, 2020 at 7:28 am #

    My favorite decorations is some plastic deer that my Mom has put out every year since I was a child. They used to be her Moms,my Grandmas. They are old and looking worn but the memories they bring are priceless and being tears and lots of joy to me every year.

  148. Tammy Kindig December 19, 2020 at 7:29 am #

    I have a collection of ornaments that represent the life of Christ…the baby in the manger, basket with fish, a hammer and the cross

  149. Clarissa Hart December 19, 2020 at 7:30 am #

    My favorite decoration is my Willow Tree nativity scene. It is beautiful and took several years to collect all of the pieces. This is something I hope to pass down.

  150. Karen Leifheit December 19, 2020 at 7:35 am #

    It’s difficult to choose one because each and every one hold a memory. Every year my husband smiles at how long it takes me to hang them as I reminisce. I do believe that I linger the longest on the bells my children made in first grade ( they are now 38 and 36), and marvel at the years since! My eyes become tearful as I just write these words!! God bless you all and have a very Merry Christmas!!

  151. Marsha Numerich December 19, 2020 at 7:35 am #

    My favorite ornament is very simple, yet very moving. It sits on my mantle at Christmas but in my heart all year.
    It is Santa kneeling next to baby Jesus in a manger. I believe the Santa in us comes out as we compassionately give His Story to others.

  152. Susie Daggett December 19, 2020 at 7:44 am #

    My favorite ornaments are the one my kids made when they were little.

  153. Catherine Simmons December 19, 2020 at 7:46 am #

    My favorite decorations are my Nativities. I have several and they stay out all year. One of my favorites is very simple – a donkey, cow and sheep standing by the manger. This year I was gifted 4 different wood cut out ornaments (each different) that depict the Nativity. Merry Christmas

  154. Sabrina Covey December 19, 2020 at 7:47 am #

    My favorite ornaments are the homemade one from kids and grandkids!!

  155. Beth December 19, 2020 at 7:48 am #

    A few years ago I had an idea to create a “friend and family” tree. I have a 3 1/2 ft. tree that I decorate with bejeweled photo frames filled with pictures of friends, family, pets (and loved ones that have passed on). It is silver and gold (make new friends but keep the old). Every year I buy a few more frames and add some to my tree. Each time I look at it, I remember how blessed I am to have so many loved ones that have adorned my life. It is especially meaningful in 2020 when I have not been able to see many of these people that formed my life. It is so special and is my favorite decoration. and I may even have to get a larger tree soon!

  156. Kerri December 19, 2020 at 7:54 am #

    I have so many ornaments that I love on my tree, but I especially love the handmade ones from the kids over the years. This year I received some vintage ornaments that belonged to my mother in law and they are quite special. Merry Christmas!!

  157. Karen Ingle December 19, 2020 at 7:55 am #

    My favorite ornaments are a set of 4 that were passed down to our family by my mother-in-law. It is a child version of Mary and Joseph kneeling and facing baby Jesus in the manger and a star . It’s 4 separate pieces that always get hung right in the center of our tree! It’s such a beautiful reminder of the true reason for the season in the midst of all the wonderful chaos of Christmas. And such a sweet reminder of my mother-in-law.

  158. Janice Elrod December 19, 2020 at 7:55 am #

    I didn’t know it would be my last Christmas with my mother. She had recovered so well from her double mastectomy and then her gall bladder surgery. We went on a shopping spree in Nashville, TN. A beautiful Christmas bell caught my eye in one of the shops. It has the manger scene with Mary, Jospeh and baby Jesus on it. My mother bought it for me. I returned home to NC after Christmas and in early January received the news that her cancer had returned. She met Jesus in May 1986. Oh, that bell is so precious to me! It is a reminder not only of my Savior’s birth but also of a loving mother whom I will get to be reunited with one day. Thanks, Liz, for prompting me to remember this special moment.

  159. Dianna Ufert December 19, 2020 at 7:57 am #

    My favorite decoration is my nativity I got from Thailand. It was hand carved from teakwood from a special needs adult that lived in a home. It’s very simple. This year my Bible study group did the book women of Christmas. It made me re-think Christmas. I display my nativity on a self but I moved the wise men as they are still to come. Merry Christmas

  160. Barbara Justiss December 19, 2020 at 8:03 am #

    My favorite ones now are the ones we have gotten since my husband passed away in December 2016. As I place each one on the tree I remember our 50 years together.

  161. Anita Manning December 19, 2020 at 8:03 am #

    My favorite ornament is a hooked shaped Santa a second grade student gave me many years ago. It’s very unique. I’ve never seen anything like it. Each ornament I place on the tree brings back special memories. Whether it’s the giver, the vacation we enjoyed, or where we lived when it was purchased. Merry Christmas!!

  162. Linda Wilson December 19, 2020 at 8:07 am #

    I have several ornaments that my kids made in school. They are all grown up now but blessed me with two of the best kids and I love looking at them and thanking Him for each stages of their lives when I look at them. I also collect nativity scenes and I have lots of them but they aren’t ornaments. I keep them out all year though because to me the birth of Jesus is not just a once a year occurrence!! Merry Christmas!!

  163. Cleta Weaver December 19, 2020 at 8:07 am #

    My favorite ornament is a mobile I hang from the light fixture in my family room. It is one my daughter made for me in school when she was probably 6 years old. Needless to say, it wasn’t cut around perfectly and the construction paper is fading some. But she made it herself and it means ” Christmas” to me. It is around 45 years old now, so it is holding up well. Memories to this 71 year old great-grandma.

  164. Cheryl Smith December 19, 2020 at 8:09 am #

    I have collected so many ornaments over the years, some as gifts, others that I’ve bought. There is our first Christmas ornament that has hung on our tree for 38 years, Longaberger pewter angel ornaments that my former employer’s late wife gave me. Snowmen, angels, my daughters’ Baby’s 1st Christmas, memorial ornaments for father and in-laws. Each is special, and the tree wouldn’t be same without it, but I think the most special to me are the box of 12 old Shiny Brite glass ornaments that were on our childhood tree. Oh, the memories…

  165. Jill Martin December 19, 2020 at 8:09 am #

    My favorite Christmas ornaments are the ones that remind me of all my many blessings: the Baby’s First Christmas ornament for me (blessing of life), the first year together ornament (blessing of marriage), and the Baby’s First Christmas ornaments for my 3 girls (blessings of children and family).

  166. Autumn December 19, 2020 at 8:11 am #

    How to pick just one. The ornaments on our tree are a hodge podge of homemade by my 3 kids, ornaments given as gifts and bought ones. My favorites to put up our a glass ball with Mary and baby Jesus (there is only one left out of a set of 4), my firts Christmas together and all the school made ones from my kids that have their pictures in them.

    Merry Christmas Liz!

  167. Christy Ball December 19, 2020 at 8:14 am #

    Thank you for sharing!! What a blessing this morning!!

    So hard to choose my favorite! Our family love overseas for a few years. I would select an ornament from each place we traveled. One of my favorites is an olive wood nativity. Our ornaments tell a story! This one, however, is the heart of our story!

  168. Dawn Heeren December 19, 2020 at 8:21 am #

    I love reading your books. My favorite ornament is a ceramic white dove that my grandparents gave to my husband and I for our 1st Christmas ( it was their 50th) at will now be our 34th Christmas, my grandparents are gone but memories remain.

  169. Lisa December 19, 2020 at 8:22 am #

    I have many favorites. Those crafted by my mom who is now gone. One made by my daughter after 9/11. Special times memorialized in an ornament. The one I gaze at the most is a porcelain ornament of Santa kneeling (and praying) in front of Jesus laying in his manger. It reinforces what we have taught our kids all their lives. Santa is real (St. Nick), but he did it for Jesus.

  170. Becky Ryder December 19, 2020 at 8:22 am #

    I had a ceramic Christmas tree that my mom had made. I loved that tree because she was no longer with me. The tree got broken. Years later, I had the opportunity to make one of those ceramic trees. This has become my favorite decoration because, although my mom didn’t actually make this one, it still reminds me of her.

  171. Debbie Snyder December 19, 2020 at 8:24 am #

    I have a new favorite decoration! I was shopping at a cute little shop in Fawn Grove, PA yesterday and found the cutest little black-faced sheep taper holders! They are adorable!!! Of course, all of my ornaments and decorations are very special to me! Merry Christmas, Liz and everyone!!

  172. Denise Carroll December 19, 2020 at 8:25 am #

    Thank you for all you do Liz, to keep us encouraged! My favorite ornaments at the ones made of my kids school pictures from the 80’s and 90’s. Now I gift my brands with a photo ornament with a picture of them from something we did together that year so they,I’m have those memories to see when they’re grown.

  173. Marsha Cloud December 19, 2020 at 8:26 am #

    We always had pretty decorations all over the house , and now I do the same. I think my favorite is just all the lights. With the Christmas lights from the tree being the only light on in the room it takes on a whole new beauty and peace to me. It’s very comforting being in the light.

    Thank you for all your post in 2020, it was treasured.

  174. Lisa December 19, 2020 at 8:27 am #

    My favorite is a nativity that was my grandmother’s. We set it up together every Christmas. It is a treasure.

  175. Marsha Leighty December 19, 2020 at 8:27 am #

    My favorite ornament you posted is of the 3 cardinals, because they remind me of family members who have passed but come back to show us they are okay and to say ‘hi’. You see, I lost my mom 10 years ago and my niece 2 years ago. Whenever the cardinals appear, I know they are a sign that both my mom and my niece have made their way to Jesus, are in His loving arms, and just waiting for me to join them when God calls me to His wonderful mansion in Heaven. Please know how very much I enjoy and appreciate your Bible studies. You are so kind, so compassionate, and the light of Christ is shown through you. Please don’t stop doing these studies.

  176. Nikki December 19, 2020 at 8:30 am #

    I have two actually. One is a red bird with rhinestones & feathers that always has a special place at the top of my tree. The other is an elf (before there was elf on the shelf) probably from the 60s. Both hung on my grandmas tree when I was growing up. Each time I hang them I’m reminded of that time in my life. My grandparents had a big influence on me. I’m thankful that I had them and they showed me what it was like to live in a “normal” healthy Christian home.

  177. Kristie Jo Stormer December 19, 2020 at 8:35 am #

    My favorite ornament is one my father made me. He was a machinist and made it at work. It’s the perfect Santa face cut out in metal. Very sentimental!

    • Mary Mauk December 19, 2020 at 12:33 pm #

      Kristie Jo, I’d love to see that ornament someday.

  178. Sandy Hedlund December 19, 2020 at 8:42 am #

    My favorite decorations are the angels I have collected over the years. They are a reminder that Jesus is coming. They sing His praises and bring the “good news”.

  179. Donita December 19, 2020 at 8:44 am #

    My favorite ornaments are the photo ornaments of my grandchildren. I try to take a picture each year that depicts seeing Christmas through their eyes. They love finding their ornament on their tree, and I love the memories.

  180. Christi Johnson December 19, 2020 at 8:46 am #

    My favorite Christmas decoration is a church that my Grandmother had since I was a child. It’s not expensive it’s made out of hard plastic with a little light inside and it plays silent night. The church brings back all my childhood memories. my precious Grandmother is with Jesus now. She was 103 1/2 when the Lord took her home. Merry Christmas Liz! Thank you so much for your faithful service to our Lord. He has blessed me through you so many times!

  181. Julie Unger December 19, 2020 at 8:50 am #

    My favourite decoration is our ceramic nativity display. The kids know nothing else goes up before the nativity is set out; my youngest hauled it up from storage on her own this year in anticipation of decorating the tree. My oldest likes to “mess with Mama”and move baby Jesus to various locations throughout advent. I may not have offered tidings of comfort and joy when I found him precariously perched atop the camel. Interestingly the holy infant has been laying snugly in his manger ever since. All is calm, all is bright 😉

  182. Valerie Wheeler December 19, 2020 at 8:50 am #

    My new favorite decoration is an ornament given to me by a student this year. It is a simple painting of the nativity. It’s simplicity reminds me that all we need is Jesus 🎄♥️

    • Nancy December 19, 2020 at 9:26 am #

      I love the gold angels that adorn my tree and other places in my home.

      The childhood memories that are called up by the 18 inch tall Santa that my Daddy displayed in the storefront window of his family owned hardware store every Christmas season. As a child I loved being able to sleep with him on Christmas Eve. (Funny my own children thought he had a weird face. )

      Now that my children live in other places than where I reside, the memories of them as children, as I hang their needlepointed stockings with their names on them in the traditional order on the mantle.

      P.S. my ladies Bible study so enjoyed your book Women of Christmas.

  183. Virginia Null December 19, 2020 at 8:52 am #

    Since I have been married, we usually travelled to my in-laws (until their deaths) for Christmas. Therefore, we never had a big Christmas tree. We live on top of a mountain and my grandkids always wanted a tree. So, we would go into the woods and get a “Charlie Brown” tree. I would decorate it with ornaments that they made. Also, I was a Spanish teacher for years and each year my cousin would get me the “Spanish” Hallmark ornament. Even though I have a little four foot tree, I still have those ornaments showing the love of family.

  184. Cindy S December 19, 2020 at 8:52 am #

    My favorite ornaments are my white snowflakes that my grandma tatted (kind of like knitting) from white thread. She passed away 35 years ago when I was in 2nd grade. I love hanging them on my tree every year! ❤️

  185. Neva December 19, 2020 at 8:54 am #

    My favorite decorations are my two nativity sets. One set is handmade from tiny clay pots. It’s very rustic . And the other one is a Princess House crystal set. They both are beautiful in their own way.

  186. Carol Krise December 19, 2020 at 8:54 am #

    My favorite Christmas ornaments are 2 ornaments from my grandmother that were her mother’s and my little mouse family that my mom bought us starting the year we got married. We have a Dad and Mom mouse and one for each child. y mouse family means so much more to me this year because it’ll probably be the last Christmas I get to spend with my Mom.

  187. Mary Jo Oliver December 19, 2020 at 8:54 am #

    Merry Christmas Liz! I have collected so many ornaments over the years, from family and friends. Many belonged to my Mom. Some are homemade. Some have my darling grandchildren’s faces on them. All are favorites. One standing out today is an Angel my daughter made when she was a Girl Scout. I always display it with my Nativity collection.

  188. Nicole December 19, 2020 at 8:55 am #

    My favorite ornament is an elf that my grandma had- there were several others but I only kept one. With Elf on the Shelf being so popular, I pulled my grandma’s elf out and out her on the tree. Every year the two “get together” and “talk.” I always take a picture and post it to FB. My sister, who lives in Michigan has stated she looks forward to that picture every year! It’s a great reminder of my grandma and how selfless and humble she was.

  189. Paula Lotz December 19, 2020 at 8:55 am #

    I given all my kid ornaments to my grown children for their own trees, so I’ve enjoyed doing themed tress the last several years. My current favorite is a set of woodland owls tucked among the branches. 🦉

  190. Sandi December 19, 2020 at 8:56 am #

    I have some collections of ornaments that I like and bring smiles as they are put on the tree. One being depictions of the Nativity and the second, more secular, snowmen. As mentioned in a previous comment, I also have a nail spike ornament that goes on the tree each year as a reminder of the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus.

  191. Janice Underwood December 19, 2020 at 8:57 am #

    My favorite ornament for the last 7 years is a picture of my first husband who passed away in 2014 from pancreatic cancer. I put it at eye level so all the grandkids can see it when they come for Christmas Eve and remember their Grandpa. I am sure it will bring up some fun story to tell about him and remind me that he lives on in them.

    I have been blessed to marry a widower in 2019 and last year I added a picture ornament of his first wife who also passed away from cancer.

    We have been greatly blessed and seeing these ornaments reminds me of God’s goodness to us in our past, present, and future.

  192. Viola December 19, 2020 at 8:58 am #

    A few years ago we cruised the Greek islands. It was one of our best trips. On that trip I got a little ornament from Santorini. A building with white walls and blue roof. In February we went to the Holy Land with our church, it was a trip of a lifetime. I bought a nativity scene ornament made of live wood. I love both these ornaments.

  193. Melinda Walden December 19, 2020 at 8:59 am #

    I have many favorites from over the years but the one that always get the most care is the one that I have after my husband died in 2015. It is a willow tree ornament of the little girl with her hands over her heart. I already had to full size figurine and it is by the picture of my husband that I have on the mantle. It is very special to me.

  194. Michelle Wells December 19, 2020 at 9:00 am #

    Every year I love putting up my tree and sitting by it every day while I do my morning devotions. Several decorations have come to me that were on my childhood tree. They are plastic and several are very cheap looking and maybe even a little broken, but these are my favorites. I continue to learn to cherish the memories not the stuff

  195. Patricia Ivie December 19, 2020 at 9:01 am #

    Oh Liz, your photos are so beautiful. They speak comfort and beauty.
    My favorite ornaments are two: a needlework by my son made in art class which looks like a stained glass window and a ceramic pink heart from my daughter with her wedding picture inside. They make me smile and they speak love!

    • Gaillyn December 19, 2020 at 9:27 am #

      My favorite Christmas decor is my tree filled with the ornaments made by my mom for my boys, ornaments made by my sons through the years, and now ornaments made by my grandchildren. Love them all! Merry Christmas.

  196. Heather Hanson December 19, 2020 at 9:03 am #

    I love all the nativity ornaments we have received over the years most…but I also the ornament someone made for my husband and I from our wedding decor, for our first Christmas.

  197. Heather December 19, 2020 at 9:04 am #

    Hard to pick just one. My mother passed away suddenly six years ago. After her death, someone gave me an ornament with her picture on it. Christmas time is when I miss her the most.

    When I put the ornament with her pretty face on it, it brings back all the beautiful Christmas memories she made with me. Being a mom now I realize all the sacrifices she made to make my Christmas special.

  198. Kathy December 19, 2020 at 9:05 am #

    My favorite ornaments are the glass blown ones I get every year. The cost goes to support ‘Women at Risk’ and a close second are all the pewter ones I own.

  199. Rebecca December 19, 2020 at 9:08 am #

    My favorite ornaments are the ones created by my children. I have new ones from each year with photos or handprints and I will never tire of looking back at their very first ornaments with their tiny handprints. It always reminds me to enjoy each blessed moment with my children because they grow so quickly!

  200. Debra December 19, 2020 at 9:14 am #

    My favorite ornament is (well two matching) a gold baby with three circles hanging from each one. The baby has the name of my child and the circles have the date of birth. I remember the day they were born and think of baby Jesus and the day He was born. Babies are miracles!

  201. Terilynn Knezek December 19, 2020 at 9:20 am #

    My favorite ornament is so hard as there are so many full of memories, ones the kids made, some we bought as we travel, some represent things we love to do and so many given to us. We have a small sailor man my husband has had since before he knew me. He was in the Navy in Vietnam so it is one precious to all of us.

  202. Ava December 19, 2020 at 9:21 am #

    My favorite ornament is a handmade tiny stocking that was sent to me when I was deployed in the Persian Gulf War. It was sent from a student as part of a classroom project. It reflects so much to me about love for our country and love for humanity. It also reminds me of how God gets us through the tough times and brings a peace that passes all understanding. Merry Christmas!

  203. Brenda Sherf December 19, 2020 at 9:23 am #

    My favorite decoration this year is a fresh wreath on my dining room wall. We always have a fake tree these days, so having something fresh and smelling like Christmas has really brightened this crazy 2020 time! Your decorations are beautiful!

  204. Lynn December 19, 2020 at 9:25 am #

    My favorite docoration is one of those old ceramic xhristmas trees with the plastic lights. Very nostalgic for me. A reminder of family now gone.

  205. Anita Goulart December 19, 2020 at 9:26 am #

    Merry Christmas Liz! I must say that my favorite ornament is not one, but many! My favorites are the ones that have been handmade by my children throughout the years! I especially love the ones with their pictures on them from their pre-school years! They bring back such sweet memories and my children hate it when I tease them and say, Ahhh look how cute you were!

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I look forward to what new you have planned for 2021!

  206. Gaillyn December 19, 2020 at 9:37 am #

    My favorite Christmas decor is my tree filled with ornaments made by my mom for my boys, ornaments made by my sons through the years, and now ornaments made by my grandchildren. Love them all! Merry Christmas.

  207. Jaime Underwood December 19, 2020 at 9:39 am #

    I love all the ornaments we put on the tree from over the years we’ve collected them together. My favorite the ones the kids made or are on

  208. Lori Justus December 19, 2020 at 9:39 am #

    My favorite Christmas piece, is the handmade Nativity scene gifted to me by my brother-in-law many years ago. Each of my children and now my grandchildren have marveled at the figurines of the Holy family, the animals and the kings taking care to gently move them within the scene. A handmade cardboard star “shines” above it all, pointing us all to the precious gift given of Christ Jesus.

  209. Traci Petersen December 19, 2020 at 9:40 am #

    When I was a little girl, we had an ornament that played “Silent Night.” It played in the same key as the golden angelI could wind up and play. I would wind up the angel and pull down the ornament and try to get them to play at the same rate. Typically, it was a round of “Silent Night,” which was just fine with me! Merry Christmas, Ms. Liz! Blessings to you!

  210. Christina Hall December 19, 2020 at 9:41 am #

    My favorite ornaments are the ones beautifully created by my aunt over the years. She is mentally challenged – high functioning – and can create some the most beautiful beaded ornaments. It all began with some angels of clear beads then on my wedding day she gave me a dozen bells. I have 12 fabulous & intricate Star of David ornaments all in clear beads.
    When I look at these ornaments I am reminded that we are all chosen for a special purpose and we are all given a special gift! My aunt is a gift!

  211. Angel McGee December 19, 2020 at 9:42 am #

    My favorite Christmas ornament is from a former supervisor who has retired. She wasn’t very kind to me or the rest of her staff. Told me point blank that she hated Christians, but every year she’d mange these beautiful handmade ornaments. The ornament that is my favorite is one she had to purchase because time didn’t allow her to be creative. It is an angel in a long red robe, holding a golden harp. Her wings are made of a very delicate gold wire and extend above her head down to her feet. Her eyes are closed as if she is focused on worshiping the Lord she plays for.

  212. Sharon December 19, 2020 at 9:51 am #

    I have some ornaments that were my Grandmothers that I put out every year. They bring such joy of good times at her house with all the family around. It is a bell and a two cherubs kidding each other.

  213. Linda December 19, 2020 at 9:53 am #

    Thirty nine years ago my four year old spent his first Christmas with Jesus. I purchased a beautiful nativity set as my gift to him. Each year it is put out in love and remembering the four Christmas we celebrated with him. Thinking how he is rejoicing in heaven with our Lord. Waiting for the day we will celebrate with him.

  214. Sherry Palla December 19, 2020 at 10:01 am #

    It’s my tiny manger scene made of wood, ornament, which I received from my dear grandma Nana. Wish I could send a photo of it! She lived to be 96! Her favorite hymn was “Children of the Heavenly Father” , which we sang at her funeral, back in 2004.

  215. Linda Riley December 19, 2020 at 10:01 am #

    I’ve collected many ornaments over the years, but the one that is dearest is an origami (folded paper) replica of one of the earliest space shuttles. My son, who was probably about 10 at the time, found the directions somewhere and folded it. He even included a string to hang it by and embellished it with the name and numbers to look just like the space shuttle. I’m glad he had fun doing it, creating something from very little. I’m glad I stlll have it to remind me of a simpler time. God bless us all.

  216. Tarrie Hofman December 19, 2020 at 10:02 am #

    My favorite ornament is the faces and names of all our children……cherished memories when our family was whole.

  217. June Chapko December 19, 2020 at 10:04 am #

    This year my favorite ornament on the tree is one my friend, Patsy, gave me years ago. It says, “The road to a friend’s house is never long.” Patsy died right before Thanksgiving. I miss her desperately. The ornament reminds me that the road to my friend, Jesus’ house is never long. One day I too will make that journey and enjoy time with Patsy and Jesus for eternity.

  218. Diana Wilson December 19, 2020 at 10:04 am #

    First, I LOVE this picture of you. Best ever.

    I still have 3 of my daughter’s homemade ornaments from kindergarten (she’s 40 now). My favorite is a braided clay wreath painted green with her picture in the middle. Some of my other favorites are from places abroad that I was fortunate to visit. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  219. Gina Castell December 19, 2020 at 10:04 am #

    I have an ornament that’s over 60 years old. It’s background is blue and it is encrypted in silver. It is a picture of the magi going to visit Jesus. Although I’ve been told not to use “old“ ornaments for my newly decorated tree, I have kept this ornament on for the 30 plus years that I have been married. It reminds me of my childhood, when my parents made Christmas so special. And even though we didn’t know Jesus back then, his story was written on our tree. Now it is written on our hearts.

  220. Pam December 19, 2020 at 10:07 am #

    My Mom loved snowmen, and after she passed almost 4 years ago I inherited all her Christmas decor. My tree and home is filled with all her snowmen. In some ways it’s a little sad. But thankful for all the Christmases I had with her. She loved Christmas.

  221. Margie Alabaster December 19, 2020 at 10:17 am #

    My favorite Christmas ornaments are small framed pictures of my grandkids when they were small! They’ve grown up way too quickly but this gives me a visual of the memories I hold in my heart! And then I can’t forget to mention the miniature nativity under a bell jar on my buffet. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Liz! You give us presents all year long with your beautiful smile and teaching!

  222. Vivian December 19, 2020 at 10:17 am #

    We don’t put up a tree, but there is a mantel decoration of a family of 4 Dickens-style carolers that I just adore. Something about the expression on their faces as they sing … the nostalgia of their setting….I know they are singing about our Savior and His love for His own. I even took a picture of it and keep it visible in my book case all year long.

  223. Jill December 19, 2020 at 10:19 am #

    One of my favorite Christmas decorations is of course a nativity. It is one of the larger ceramic nativities, and I could never find a crèche big enough to house it. So, last year I made my own and I love it! We have it on top of our entertainment unit in our living room, and it just brings me joy to look at Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus with the animals, shepherds and wise men.

  224. Par December 19, 2020 at 10:24 am #

    I have a tree topper angel that I have had for 30 years. I bought when when my youngest daughter was six. At that age she “danced to her own music.” This angel never wants to sit straight on the tree so I always said that she was a Trina angel named after my six year old. Still every year I have a hard time to get the angel on straight and think of Trina as a little girl.

  225. Wanda Lawrence December 19, 2020 at 10:32 am #

    My favorite decoration is my mantle. It’s got a greenery swag, decorated lightly with poinsettia and silver glitter balls. In the center is a large manger scene. This is the center of my home so it’s always in view.

  226. Sharon December 19, 2020 at 10:37 am #

    My favorite thing at Christmas time to see and display are my nativities I have collected over the years. A beautiful reminder of how our Savior came to this earth.

  227. Betty Westercamp December 19, 2020 at 10:43 am #

    Liz, I so enjoy your happy attitude. My favorite thing about Christmas is of course the coming of my SAVIOUR. My favorite Christmas tradition in our home, is the Nativity we started the year our first child was born. My husband made a crude stable, and we went to the local 5 and dime and purchased Mary Joseph and the baby. We put it up every year, and added to it as funds permitted. That was 65 years ago, and a grandaughter now displays it in her home. I love traditions that are passed on, and now great grands enjoy it. Thanks for all you do.

  228. mitzi hendrich December 19, 2020 at 10:53 am #

    My favorite ornament is the only one left from my mother’s tree…a small, porcelain bell.

  229. Lacey Craig December 19, 2020 at 10:59 am #

    I love to read the Christmas story laid out like this!! My favorite ornaments are all the ones my kids have made! They are so special.

  230. Wanda Brothers December 19, 2020 at 11:06 am #

    On Christmas Eve for over 32 years my family reads “Santa’s Favorite Story” by Hisako Aoki. In the book Santa shares the story of Jesus’ birth with the animals, assuring them that Christmas is not about Santa. I found a figurine of Santa reading a book to a group of Forest animals. Definitely a favorite.

  231. Melissa Farster December 19, 2020 at 11:07 am #

    My favorite ornament is one I gave to a friend. She had invited a few mutual friends over for a Christmas party. It was around the time ugly sweaters were becoming popular. I found a cute ornament that was a small ugly Christmas sweater on a tiny hanger. I snuck it onto her tree when I first arrived. One of our friends commented on it at some point, and I had to come clean.

  232. Pamela December 19, 2020 at 11:08 am #

    One of my favorite ornaments is a small 3D pine tree decorated for Christmas with a hole through the middle and inside is a cross.

  233. Emmy Kuhl December 19, 2020 at 11:09 am #

    As a lover of Christmas and collector of nativities it is hard to pick. Each one has special meaning as how and when I got it. Those made by others (my mom, my children, best girlfriend. Etc) are the most special. The one that comes to mind today is one my son made as a child at a Christmas fair at our church. A walnut shell with straw and a baby inside with Mary and Joseph around the top. He loved Jesus as a child, however has gone through some dark times and I pray he comes back to Him. This Christmas is a sad one for us as my daughter had her third ectopic pregnancy and they had to remove her tubes. She is not finding the joy this Christmas. But Jesus came for the broken and not for the well and joyous. His mission on earth was to be born, live as a human, teach and perform miracles and die for his broken people. We are that people. Praise God for Christmas and Easter! Thank you for your ministry. It has helped me so many times. You are the hands and feet of Christ! Merry Christmas!

  234. Jennifer Buch December 19, 2020 at 11:17 am #

    I don’t have a favorite ornament but I love the lights so much. In the darkness of the day, the light shines brightly.

  235. Beverly December 19, 2020 at 11:25 am #

    I love the ornaments we have of pictures of our family from each year! I also love a moose head decoration we have!

  236. Laura December 19, 2020 at 11:36 am #

    Thank you for your beautiful blog post, Liz ❤️. One of my favorite ornaments is a handmade one my mom made me, over 40 years ago, when I was young. She stitched my name on it to make it extra special. We did not have much money so my mom made many of our ornaments. It means so much to me, all her love and efforts of selflessness to bring happiness to me and my siblings. I love hanging it on my tree each Christmas time!

  237. Peggy Goodlett December 19, 2020 at 11:38 am #

    On my little tree is a green smocked covered ball. My mother made it many years ago and it hangs with pride on my tree every year. It gives me comfort to know that she made something just for me and I will treasure it and pass along to the next generation in her memory.

  238. Lori Meurs December 19, 2020 at 11:46 am #

    My Old World Santa in his white suit gazing down at the Holy Child is my favorite ornament. I purchased it in Old Town Santa Fe.
    It captures the essence of Christmas.

  239. Linda Scott December 19, 2020 at 11:49 am #

    One of my favorite and most cherished Christmas decorations is an ornament that I hang on my tree every year. It’s pretty and simple, hand made and painted red and green. It was made by my dad on his wood lath from a piece of the trunk of me and My husband’s first Christmas tree in our new home. My dad is no longer with us, so it is even more treasured.

  240. Mary Mauk December 19, 2020 at 11:57 am #

    One of my favorite decorations is a 4 foot miniature ladder with little elves attached to it. Each elve’s hat has the name of one of our children on it. Because the ladder is leaned against the tree, it looks like the elves are busy helping to add the ornaments.

  241. Lauraine Marcus December 19, 2020 at 12:05 pm #

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a nativity scene made out of olive wood from the Holy Land that a friend brought back for me. It not only represents the only reason for Christmas, God’s precious Son, a gift that cannot be rivaled; but also the friendship we have in fellow believers. These two precious gifts bring us the amazing, extravagant, ferocious Love of God! All we need to do is except it and pass it on to our dark, dying world.

  242. Deborah Bullock December 19, 2020 at 12:20 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decoration is definitely our tree. Every year we go to a nearby Christmas tree farm, walk through the rows of all-perfect trees, select one, and watch as it is cut. We load it on top of our red Taurus station wagon, bring it home, and trim it. If I could not have anything else but that tree at Christmas, I would be content. In the early morning, after my husband leaves for work, my black lab and I sit in the living room, with the tree as the only light, and bask in its beauty. The natural beauty of the tree reminds me of the rustic surroundings of our Lord’s birth, and the lights remind me that He was and is the “Light of the World.” Our simple tree brings me so much comfort and joy.

  243. Mary Virginia Taylor December 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm #

    My favorite Christmas ornaments are Chrismon ornaments that my mom and dad cross stitched years ago. The always had them on a tree at church. Now my sister, my son and I have them. If I could figure out how to add a picture I would.

  244. Katherine Marschel December 19, 2020 at 1:03 pm #

    I do not have a favorite ornament. Wish I could say as everyone else that I do but I do not. My joy comes in one more Christmas with my family. One more moment to thank God for all I have. Some years I have not even had a tree or gifts but I have had my health and my kids. Some years I have had more abundance than you can imagine. It all comes and goes with no favorites but enjoyment of each Christmas as it presents itself and grateful blessings for a little more time. So I guess you could say my favorite ornament is time if I had to choose.

  245. Jody Hayton December 19, 2020 at 1:04 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decoration is the beautiful creche my mother left for me. She had always displayed it so proudly each Christmas, and took such pleasure in its beauty. Now I have it on display each Christmas, and enjoy the wonderful memories of her and her love for the Savior who came to Earth for us all.

  246. Dana Turman December 19, 2020 at 1:11 pm #

    My favorite ornament that comes to mind is a plastic Angel painted gold. A very good friend (now gone) gave it to me and it was my first ornament, on my first little tree, in my first apartment after I moved out of my parent’s house. That was about 30 years ago. I still have it.

  247. Lois Rimmey December 19, 2020 at 1:26 pm #

    My favorite decoration this year is the Fisher Price Nativity Set for the grandchildren. We’ve had the privilege of seeing our 9 year old grandson explain its meaning to his 3 (less than 3 weeks away from turning 4) year old sister this year in a way that she understood. She then set it up the way she understood & played with it for a while. This is one of our best memories of the Christmas of 2020.

  248. Linda Beatty December 19, 2020 at 1:26 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decorations are the nativity sets from other countries and cultures. I love them because each culture sees Jesus as itself. The Peruvian one looks like people from Peru, the Kenyan one looks like people from Kenya, and on and on. Jesus is in each one of us, no matter how diverse we are. We are more alike than we are different

  249. Barbara Glunt December 19, 2020 at 1:50 pm #

    My favorite Christmas ornament is only a plain piece of paper folded in half with a letter inside from my granddaughter. In her letter she tells us that the most important gift to give at Christmas is the Gift of Christ. My granddaughters name is Lily (14) and she lives in Thailand. My son and his family moved to Thailand in 2016. They are missionaries living in Chiang Rai. She is giving the Gift of Christ to those who do not know Him.

  250. Aurelia Newton December 19, 2020 at 2:01 pm #

    I’m a pastor’s wife and we have collected nativities since we were married. We have 47 different ones from all over the world. It’s so fun to think about people at Christmas in all the world celebrating Christ’s birth together. I also just read your Women of Christmas. It was delightful.

  251. Brenda Williams December 19, 2020 at 2:07 pm #

    We received a lovely intricately-cut Christmas card with the word JOY vertically on the front, inside it is gold for a hand-written message. It is so precious. I put it on our tree every year.

  252. Shirley Risko December 19, 2020 at 2:13 pm #

    My favorite Nativity is from Germany. My favorite ornaments are the ones that were handmade by my mom and my mother-in-law and the wax soldiers that were my husbands. My favorite lights are the bubble lights that belonged to my mother-in-law.

  253. Marie December 19, 2020 at 2:20 pm #

    Dear sister in Christ,
    I was so happy to see your recent Bible Study email…. it brightened by day… my most prized Christmas blessings are the Ornaments that my children have made over the years… when they were little and Mom was very important in their lives…:-) I know, I’m important still.

    I want you to know how much I appreciate your emails. Thank you for doing that.

    May God bless us all, and keep us save from evil and harm.
    Merry Christmas……. Happy New Year!!

    Love in Him,


  254. Linda December 19, 2020 at 2:41 pm #

    I would find it hard to pick out just one decoration to write about. Since my boys were tiny (now grown men) I’ve purchased or made an ornament every year for each of them. (And I include them for each of the grandchildren now too.) Now they have them to hang on their own trees, and hopefully many happy memories of when they received them.

  255. Beth Silver December 19, 2020 at 2:46 pm #

    I bought Christmas ornaments on my travels to help remember them.
    In Spain I could not afford a certain Nativity set so at that shop so I bought a necklace with Mary, Joseph and Jesus on it to use as an ornament

    • Kim December 20, 2020 at 11:04 am #

      My angels are my favorite ornaments. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  256. Penny Peck December 19, 2020 at 3:15 pm #

    My mom made intricate ornaments out of felt as we had little money. But I never knew until years later that we struggled financially. Her ornaments are still priceless to me. She died at the age of 95 just before Christmas. I was a blessed daughter.

  257. Ellie December 19, 2020 at 3:21 pm #

    A tradition we’ve continued through the years is purchasing an ornament from our travels. Our Christmas tree holds fond memories of the places we’ve visited and the experiences we’ve shared.

  258. December 19, 2020 at 3:23 pm #

    One from my mom which is a gingerbread lady holding a tray of gingerbread cookies and says “daughter” on it. Two years later I got married and found a matching gingerbread man baker. So now they’re a couple and it was the first ornament my hubby and I bought together.

  259. Becki December 19, 2020 at 3:30 pm #

    My children will say that I love all of my ornaments (which is probably true!) but I have to say that my favorite is a small Christmas ball from way back in 1976 that has a little girl hushing a tiny little mouse on one side and the word Noel on the other. I loved and still love putting it on my tree!

  260. December 19, 2020 at 3:31 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Liz. I have two favorite decorations that I enjoy every year. The first is the nativity scene that has been in the family since before I was born. It sits on a television tray between two doorways. It normally has some burlap that it sits on. The detail of the faces are so transforming.

    The second is an ornament. The first Christmas after my husband and I were married, my Mom had an ornament made for us with our names and the year on it. My Mom was not happy with my decision in marrying my husband. It is so special that she would have the ornament made. Over the years, she has changed her mind to know my decision was the best.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  261. Lori Breech December 19, 2020 at 3:51 pm #

    I love all the ornaments on my tree. Each year I try to add new ones that remind me of different events or memories in our lives. When I look at the tree each night I am reminded of the incredibly wonderful life I have . I am so grateful for every moment.

  262. Sherry Shick December 19, 2020 at 3:53 pm #

    My favorite decoration is a hand painted nativity made by my mother in law. I carefully put each piece in a hand made wooden stable made by my husband’s uncle. They are both decades old .I add straw and there is a light in it.An angel rests on top. The wonder of Christmas comes alive in our home when this is put in place.

  263. Janet Bates December 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm #

    My favorite decoration is an olive wood nativity set that I bought in Israel and packed around Europe on a semester abroad in college.

  264. Anna Yoder December 19, 2020 at 4:10 pm #

    Merry Christmas Liz
    My decoration would be my Christmas tree
    I so enjoy putting it up each year and every ornament holds a special memory, some from my childhood, some from my children and now my grandchildren. These past two years, one of my granddaughters, who’s 10 now, has helped me.
    Have a blessed Christmas everyone

  265. Suzanne C December 19, 2020 at 5:01 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decoration is a snow globe that has a church with a manger scene beside of it. Beautiful when lit up. Looks so real.

  266. Carol T December 19, 2020 at 5:05 pm #

    I treasure a handmade ornament made from an eggshell decorated with pearls on the outside, a little baby on the inside. Someone gave to my mother the year i was born, 1970. Merry Christmas!

  267. Michele L December 19, 2020 at 5:29 pm #

    So many ornaments over so many years. Each is special, many were gifts. But my favorite is still the first I received. My sister gave me a Peanuts gang ornament in 1976. She was about to leave for England where she would be stationed for three years (Air Force in upper Heyford). She passed in 1990. That ornament brings back so many happy memories.

  268. Margaret Miller December 19, 2020 at 6:21 pm #

    My favorite ornament is an oval medallion edged in gold filigree with a painting of a couple in mid-19th century dress. It is inscribed “Your first Christmas together.” It means a lot because it was given to me 22 years ago by one of my step-daughters, about six months after my second marriage (at age 57) to her father. I felt like I was accepted by my new family!

  269. Jan Heyer December 19, 2020 at 6:42 pm #

    I have 3 favorite ornaments. Each one has a hand print from each of my grandchildren. Then the finger print is made into a snow person representing a member of our family. We paint a hat, eyes, nose mouth and a scarf. This is their very first ornament that they make with me. They make one for their tree and one for mine. It’s a tradition that we do every year.

  270. Georgia Gallman December 19, 2020 at 7:43 pm #

    Every Christmas season, one of the first things I do is set out my nativity set. I love placing Mary bowing beside her baby, with Joseph hovering over them protectively and shepherds and wise men standing nearby gazing in adoration at their newborn King. It’s the miracle of Christmas!

  271. Jeannie R. December 19, 2020 at 7:51 pm #

    My favorite (and my son’s) is a little crystal manger scene with Mary, Joseph and the baby Savior. We have had it since my son was a small child, he loves it and always hangs it at the bottom of the tree so we can see it glimmer in the tree lights and so it kind of hangs under the tree and the star. Merry Christmas, Liz and everyone!

  272. Lisa Kraatz December 19, 2020 at 7:57 pm #

    I have 2 favorite ornaments. They are pictures of each of my children with the year they were born. Only I can put them on the tree and they go where I can easily see them from my chair! I know how I felt when they were born. I can’t imagine how Mary felt when Jesus was born. Thank you Lord for loving us that much!

  273. Kathy Lathem December 19, 2020 at 8:48 pm #

    Merry Christmas! My two favorite ornaments are a pine cone & an avocado. The pine cone was painted to look like an owl & made by my 1st Grade teacher in 1972. She wrote it with ITA, which was the reading/spelling curriculum at the time.

    The avocado? Well, I have 4 friends who I met at church & while we’re now at five different churches, we have grown closer over the years, getting together as often as we can. Our favorite dish is stuffed (and fried!) avocado…so we started calling ourselves The Avocados. We have prayed for each other & been thru much together. Every time I look at the avocado ornament I’m reminded of what a rich treasure I’ve been given in friends.

  274. Cathy Baillie December 19, 2020 at 8:50 pm #

    Merry Christmas to all! My favorite ornament is a glass hummingbird which has a festive red bow. I love to watch the birds outside. We have chickadees, wrens, blue jays, gross beaks, and woodpeckers at the feeder every day in the winter. They remind me not to worry because God cares even about these lovely little animals. It brings me great joy to watch them.

  275. Martha Hatcher. December 19, 2020 at 8:55 pm #

    All the ornaments have special meaning, some from my childhood, my children’s handmade ones, gifts from friends or school kids, and those of special occasions. I believe my favorite thing this year is the Advent wreath made with church family. I pick my youngest grandson up from school on Mondays and before he goes home, we share the word for the week and what it means for us. I then let him light the candles and we say a prayer. His mother, my daughter, died three years ago. I know she is smiling down on us when we honor Christ.

  276. Stephanie Ludwig December 19, 2020 at 8:56 pm #

    My favorite is an angel that is painted pink and white. My Grandma bought it for me and I got to paint it when I was young.

  277. Mary Kay Moody December 19, 2020 at 9:29 pm #

    A favorite is our nativity ~ made of bisque to look like a village in old Bethlehem, buildings with stairways to the roofs, water jugs hanging from pegs, straw in the barn. It really helped the kids visualize what life was like when Jesus was born.

  278. Cathey Livezey December 19, 2020 at 9:41 pm #

    My favorite decoration is our nutcracker collection, started by my son, who passed away when his 2 children were small. I now have custody of my 2 grandchildren, and for the past few years we have added to the collection. This year, my grandson and I added 2 new nutcrackers since this is a rough year with my sister recently deceased and my granddaughter in a behavioral facility. But we know we can stand tall and be strong like the nutcrackers because God loves us and He is still in charge!

  279. Mary December 19, 2020 at 9:53 pm #

    It’s hard to pick a favorite, but one year I received a set of small ornaments that represent Christ’s life: a baby in a manger, a bible, a dove, a loaf of bread with a fish on it, a hammer and a cross. I leave them displayed year round.

  280. Dawn Smith December 19, 2020 at 10:51 pm #

    My absolute favorite Christmas decoration is a nativity scene that I got at a church Christmas party several years ago. It not only brings back good fun memories, but displays the true meaning of Christmas.

  281. Lillie Smith December 19, 2020 at 10:54 pm #

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a little red angel that hangs on our tree. My favorite color is red and the angel reminds me that God has an angel watching over me!

  282. Beverly Knauper December 19, 2020 at 11:03 pm #

    With my over-abundance of Christmas ornaments and decorations, I had never thought about a favorite until now. It is a nativity given to my family nearly 70 years ago by my great-aunt. It makes me think of my bold great-aunt and my beloved grandmother (her sister) who had such a wonderful impact on my growing up. Then I remember the loving, nurturing home that my parents created and the magical Christmases of my childhood. Those people are all with God now so the memories bring tears along with the smiles. My sister and I played with the manger occupants when we were children (baby Jesus spent some time resting in the Christmas tree; sometime along the way a bison joined the manger!) so some have glue repairs. I haven’t displayed the nativity since my mother passed away fourteen years ago. I think I wanted to prevent further damage. But after reading your prompt today, I brought it from the basement and it now sits next to my computer, where it encourages me to reflect on the past, present, and future and the countless blessings of my life. Thank you for the reminder and the memories.

  283. Marian Gates December 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm #

    My favorite ornaments are those made by my mother in law, Astrid. She was a very hard working woman with a heart of giving her time/talents to helping others in her volunteering. I treasure the lovely ornaments she made of beads and use them on a mini tree each year. She was a humble Christian lady.

  284. Jennie Zeitler December 20, 2020 at 2:18 am #

    My favorite decoration is the nativity scene my mom had when she died. It is so very beautiful and makes me think of her and Jesus at the same time. She left me a beautiful legacy and I thank God for her.

  285. Wanda December 20, 2020 at 3:04 am #

    My favorite Christmas Decoration is this tree my son made in his sculpture class in college. They had to take 2x4s and make them into something natural. He made a tree and we decorate it with lights.

  286. Sabrina Templin December 20, 2020 at 4:35 am #

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! 😀 One of my favorite ornaments is my crocheted angel tree topper that a friend made for me. It is an off white color and just beautiful to me. I have other favorites also but that one stand out to me atm. 🙂 May you and your family have a blessed holiday season! 😀

  287. Julie B December 20, 2020 at 8:07 am #

    Christmas ornament gift 2019 from my brother, Frankie. It was 3d printed with the words of this Ronald Reagan Christmas quote: “Christmas is a state of mind found throughout the year whenever faith overcomes doubt, hope conquers despair, and love triumphs over hate.” – Ronald Reagan

  288. Rebecca December 20, 2020 at 8:27 am #

    My favorite ornament is a crochet star made by my great grandmother!

  289. Cindy Stillwaggon December 20, 2020 at 8:46 am #

    My favorite Christmas treasure is the nativity that my sister started us on as a wedding present. Each year, we’ve added a new piece with a new meaning. It’s gotten so big that I have it spread out on our dining room table. Guess who cannot use their dining room table for Advent dinners this season? Every Sunday, we set up two portable tables in our kitchen so that we can have our special Advent dinners, which is our new tradition this year. One of our daughters and three of our grandchildren live locally, so our daughter hosts one Sunday, and then we host the next Sunday. Our grandchildren have also taken turns doing a special reading from one of my Christmas devotionals. I love this new tradition! Merry Christmas, Liz.

  290. Marti Grant December 20, 2020 at 9:34 am #

    My favorite ornament is a little wreath made of now-shriveled raisins with a little green yarn bow. My first child (a foundling adopted from South Korea) made it in preschool 1977.

    (He has 5 siblings…3 foreign adopted and 2 biological. He has an earned doctorate in nursing. God gives AMAZING gifts.)

  291. Cris December 20, 2020 at 11:54 am #

    My favorite ornament is over fifty years old. It was the last Christmas gift I received from my grandmother . She was such an influence on my life, and still is even though she has been gone many years. We were separated by a five hour drive, so I did not see her often and savored the time we spend together. She hand made stockings out of felt for all her children and grandchildren . Names were on them in cut out letters , and a few shells for decoration. There was a five dollar bill in each one. Sweet memories Grammie !

  292. Carole December 20, 2020 at 12:14 pm #

    This is an ornament I leave out all year long.
    It is a white, blue lighted, joy nativity sculpture. There is a button when pushed, to play “Joy To The World”. It reminds me of where my joy comes from.

  293. Melissa McGlothlin December 20, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

    My favorite decoration is my husbands old ceramic tree his mother painted in 1976. She hand painted it and its been with him since she passed in 1993. When we got togetger I fell in love with it and it has to be put up every year in a certain spot. We also have a smaller one that is battery operated that the kids use for their presents.

  294. Dina December 20, 2020 at 2:24 pm #

    Our family has a green and gold ornament that hangs on our tree as a reminder of millions who are trafficked or at risk. This ornament is made by survivors to lift them to lives of dignity and love. Beautiful artisans. Beloved and cherished and precious.

  295. kelly December 20, 2020 at 2:32 pm #

    Liz, I always enjoy setting up the nativity. When our kids were little, our tradition was to hide the Baby Jesus somewhere until Christmas morn. The boys would first have to find Him, place Him in the manger, and we all sing happy birthday dear Jesus, before any presents can be opened.

  296. DeLane December 20, 2020 at 4:13 pm #

    My favorite ornament is a snowflake that we got as a wedding gift. We were married right before Christmas 17 years ago.

  297. Beth December 20, 2020 at 4:24 pm #

    Merry Christmas Liz,
    My favorite ornaments are pictures of my grandchildren. Each year since the oldest was a baby, 8 years ago, I have gone to the local craft shop and gotten photo ornaments and put a picture of the newest baby in one. The last 4 years I have also done a group photo of them all. This year thankfully, the families could keep getting together so I have a photo of all 5 together! We are very thankful for our family!
    Thank you Liz for all you do to encourage us in our walk with the Lord!

  298. Debbie December 20, 2020 at 5:53 pm #

    My favorite Christmas decoration is a Nativity set, given to me by my grandmother, that has been in our family for 60+ years. Most of the animals are missing parts of their faces but I still display it each year. Sweet memories.

  299. Annette Eldridge December 20, 2020 at 6:20 pm #

    My favorite ornament is a hand painted nativity set that we picked up on our travels. It makes me smile each time I see it and reminds me that I’m loved.

  300. Susan Watkins December 20, 2020 at 7:12 pm #

    My favorite decorations are our hand sewn and embroidered red felt stockings. All have unique decor, but include sequined trees, a tiny bible, an angel and small antique treasures. The oldest is 63 yrs and the newest needs to be created, once our brand new grandson arrives ( he is a week late already )

  301. Sherry Douglas December 20, 2020 at 7:16 pm #

    Hard to choose…but the ornaments my kids and grandkids have made over the years…and our nativity set we started over 30 years ago

  302. Martha clapp December 20, 2020 at 10:10 pm #

    My favorite ornament is a n egg, blown and painted like Mrs. Santa. My mother painted it in 1947 and I keep it very carefully wrapped and bring it out every year.It reminds me of her love.💕

  303. Judy Holt December 20, 2020 at 10:11 pm #

    Its a felt Christmas tree, that hangs. Their are cut felt pieces of each of our Christmas story characters added each day along with a story. The book its from is called ” The Road to Bethlehem ” I’ve done this with my children, grand children and now great grands. It is my most favorite ornament at Christmas, because it starts at Advent and goes through Christmas.

  304. Emily Sue December 20, 2020 at 10:21 pm #

    Every ornament on our tree tells a story, so they are all my favorites. One that I treasure is a miniature Precious Moments plate that my Nonna gave to me as an adult. I had grown up and moved on, but she remembered how I loved Precious Moments and that little ornament delighted her for the memories it provoked and she wanted me to have it. She has been in Glory for 6 years now, but that ornament delights me for the memories it provokes.

  305. Mary Griffis McClellan December 20, 2020 at 11:08 pm #

    A favorite decoration are 8 fragile glass reindeer that were my mothers sent to her by her brother from Germany in 1939 They are kept in a box with my dads writing in it. Both my parents are deceased. Love all things Christmas. Except for the death of my sister-in-law today from covid. Blessings to you and merry Christmas. 🎄

  306. Louise Amant December 20, 2020 at 11:33 pm #

    My favorite decoration is our nativity scene. My daughter always loved to set it up when she was little and now her daughter sets it up. I love that!🥰

  307. SARAH TAYLOR December 21, 2020 at 1:07 am #

    Hello Liz and Merry Christmas My favorite ornament is a Dove with the name and date of my Loved one it is a memory ornament Thank you for such an amazing giveaway! Blessings To You!

  308. Christina Bollinger December 21, 2020 at 1:43 am #

    Merry Christmas
    My favorite ornament is one my son gave me as a Christmas gift. He is so proud of it and hangs it on the tree every year. He’s 10 now he picked it out when he was 8.

  309. Lynn Janzen December 21, 2020 at 9:35 am #

    My dear Liz, my favourite tree ornament is a felt nativity I made in 1982, the year I received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and every Christmas this nativity adorns the center of our tree and I now get to share the hope we have in the Christ child with my grandchildren. Never more have I felt the need of that Hope we have in Jesus than this year and I am so eternally grateful for his saving grace offering me His hope and joy. Warmest Christmas wishes to you and your family and may God continue to bless you and your ministry in amazing ways in the new year. ❤️❤️🎄🎄

  310. Kay Sutcliffe December 21, 2020 at 7:24 pm #

    Thank you, Liz, for sharing with us. That scripture seems new every year. My favorite ornament was the first one I remember ever receiving: a small angel set inside a milkweed pod with tiny ferns and flowers around it. My great aunt Martha made it for me over 50 year ago.