The other day I came across this video series on Youtube about the history of Christmas. It is fascinating to learn how holidays develop in both a cultural and spiritual way. Definitely worth watching in my opinion. If you want to keep watching the segments that follow, scroll over the videos at the bottom of the youtube viewer and you will see parts 1/5, 2/5, 3/5, etc.
Although the house is not decorated to the degree I had hoped for (thanks pregnancy fatigue), I still feel comforted by the small amount of holiday spirit. Here is Mary awaiting her Christmas gift (we will pretend now that that video pointed out Jesus was probably not born in the winter months):
Wise men making their trek around the chocolate forest:
Wrapping paper waiting for a purpose:
Every house needs some holiday kitsch:
A California "near the beach" Christmas: