{2015 Christmas Photo Challenge // Recap 3}

I have had so much fun joining in with Stephanie for her 2015 Christmas Photo Challenge // #2015ChristmasMoments. I am pretty sure this is the first monthly photo challenge that I have actually completed. I am sad that this season is almost over and that this is the final recap.
A photo posted by >>> Crystal <<< (@hallaroundtexas) on

A photo posted by >>> Crystal <<< (@hallaroundtexas) on

A photo posted by >>> Crystal <<< (@hallaroundtexas) on

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!!!

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{Merry Christmas}

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

{Christmas Bucketlist Recap // Bethlehem Revisited // Breakfast with Santa}

Christmas time truly is the best time. I don't like that it flies by at the speed of lightning, but I try to enjoy and savor every last minute of the season. We have so many Christmas traditions to fit into such a short month. We recently checked off another couple of things from our 2015 Christmas bucketlist.

The 2nd weekend in December we went to Bethlehem Revisited. I love that this is becoming one of our Christmas traditions. Bethlehem Revisited is an amazing event that our town puts on the first two weekends in December each year. It's like taking a step back into old world Bethlehem {2000 years ago} on the night that Jesus Christ was born. It's such a moving experience and I love to share it with my sweet family. The live nativity is so beautiful and touching and gives you all the feels.

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We also went to breakfast with Santa @ the church {on the 12th}. It's such a fun morning! There is all kinds of breakfast foods, crafts and of course pictures with Santa!! Each kid brings a gift to donate for Christmas. This year Mason made magic reindeer food, a placemat for Santa's cookies, a mug, and a snowglobe. We had the best time!!

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Another item we have checked off is watching the reindeer cam. I have it downloaded on my phone, but Mason's awesome teacher also played it for them several times. It just so happened that Santa was going to be feeding the reindeer during our Christmas party!! The kids loved it.

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{Christmas Bucketlist Recap // Deckin' the Halls and Trimmin' the tree}

I keep on and keep on forgetting to post about this! I mean, it was one of the first things we did this Christmas season. I posted about our 'decked out halls' for the Christmas home tour linkup, but have a few more pictures to share to share.

We bought a real tree this year. We normally do, but last year I got impatient and put up my artificial tree. I regretted it big time. There is just nothing like having a real Christmas tree. I love walking into the door and smelling it and I love how no two real trees are exactly the same. We had it on our bucketlist to go to the tree farm, but sadly we're not going to make it. The Saturday we had planned for it rained buckets and was so cold. The next Saturday was the same. So, we went the day after Thanksgiving to Home Depot and bought a tree. And? I am 100% happy with it. It's beautiful, smells divine and it's held up pretty dang well.

We immediately changed into Christmas pajamas, turned up the Christmas tunes and started decorating our tree once we got home! It's one of my favorite things to do as a family.

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{Guys Behind The Blog // December Edition}

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1. What's on your Christmas list this year?
 I would like a fishing kayak, but they are expensive.  Maybe a new knife or something I can use.

2. Did you believe is Santa as a child? Do you have any funny Santa stories? 
Yes I believed in Santa, still do. It has changed from him giving to him building, but it is still fun.

3. What is a Christmas tradition you hope to pass on someday?
Waking up Christmas morning and seeing the goods (presents) and going to Mom and Dads and spending the day opening gifts, eating and watching Christmas Story.

4.  Do you open presents on Christmas morning or a different time? 
We have about a 3 day Christmas with both sides of the family but Santa gifts are Christmas morning.

{To elaborate a little...we normally do Christmas with Nate's Grandparents the weekend before Christmas. On Christmas Eve we hang out at home and then go to parent's house to eat and hang out. We used to spend Christmas Eve with my family, but after my brother got divorced we changed it to work around when he would get his boys. This year for Christmas Eve we are going to a candlelight service and then supper with Nate's family. Christmas morning we will wake up to Santa and gifts at our house. We'll hang out a bit here just the three of us before we truck on over to Nate's parents house for Santa and gifts over there. On Saturday the 26th we are all gathering at my Aunt's house for Christmas with my mom's side of the family. We are doing a sandwich/soup/salad/whatever type of potluck and then a chinese gift exchange. We are spending Christmas with my family on the 1st this year.}

5.  What is your favorite Christmas song?  Movie?
I am not a fan of any Christmas songs but I do like the Elf and Polar express.

For our other Guys Behind The Blog Posts:

April // May // June // July // August // September // October // November

{2015 Christmas Pajama Party // Christmas 2015 Photo Challenge // Recap #2}

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If there's one thing we love around here it's pajamas. Especially when they are fun and festive Christmas pajamas!! I love to see all of the different Christmas pajamas my mama friends find for their littles each year.

Mason's first pair for this season were bought by Nate's mom for our Polar Express trip back in November. She sent me a picture of these and I couldn't say yes quick enough. Because 1.) buffalo plaid and 2.) a deer with a scarf? Yes please!! I found the matching slippers by accident while grocery shopping one day! Score!

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I found these while grocery shopping at Walmart. For less than $6 bucks I couldn't pass them up. They were adorable and I loved the striped pants. Unfortunately, though, these shrunk after our first wash and now the shirt is too small for Mason. But, he can wear the pants the rest of this season!
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And our elf Max brought Mason this third pair to wear for Breakfast with Santa.

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And, these are still a favorite of ours from last year. I'm so happy they still fit. I loved these last year!

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{Books we are reading this Christmas season}

Between book swaps, Scholastic book fairs {those are my favorite) and Amazon we have acquired quite the Christmas book collection! These are some of our favorites this season...

What are your favorite Christmas books? Any that we must have for a five year old?

{Bits of Cheer}

If you follow me on Instagram then you know it's been all about Christmas lately! But, I love it. #sorrynotsorry!! For this week's bits of cheer I wanted to share with you some of my latest IG posts.

A photo posted by >>> Crystal <<< (@hallaroundtexas) on

A photo posted by >>> Crystal <<< (@hallaroundtexas) on

A photo posted by >>> Crystal <<< (@hallaroundtexas) on

A photo posted by >>> Crystal <<< (@hallaroundtexas) on

A photo posted by >>> Crystal <<< (@hallaroundtexas) on

{Christmas Home Tour}

Christmas Home Tour

I am so, so excited about this link-up. I love getting to peek inside the homes of my favorite bloggers, but even more so when they're decorated for the best time of the year! And, can I just say that I have taken about a hundred pictures for this one post? Only because I can't quit moving all of my decorations around and re-arranging things!! ha. So, here is what my house currently looks like...but you can bet that it will change again {and again} in the next couple of weeks!! Does anyone else do this?

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