My Favorite Christmas Memory

Merry Christmas, Cottage Friends!

Can you believe there are only 8 more days until Christmas Day? Whoa! How did that happen?

I'm delighted to share that Cheryl at Homespun Devotions invited me to participate in her blog series "Your Favorite Christmas Memories."

If you're familiar with Homespun Devotions, then you know what a sweetheart Cheryl is. She truly is a woman who lives out her faith with grace and love. 

If you'd like to read my story,  here's the link: "A Rocky Mountain Christmas." 

You'll also discover wonderful Christmas stories from other writers when you visit Homespun Devotions, including Cheryl's "Christmas from the Dumpster." It's a beautiful memory from her childhood.

Once again, I'm keeping Christmas decorating simple in our home. A little faux tree sits on our side table.

My homemade Christmas pillows nestle on the loveseat, and my first stab at quilting -- a little sampler from 2014 -- peeks out of the side table shelf.

And then there's our annual Christmas tradition a red poinsettia . It sits on the dining table on top of the Swedish weaving tablecloth I blogged about here

The poinsettia really deserves to be in a pretty basket, but yours truly just hasn't had time to tend to that. We're super busy at Pier 1 right now and the last thing I want to do when I have a free day is go shopping. This homebody just wants to relax at home (between laundry and housecleaning). 

I hope you're enjoying some downtime during this busy season. For Dennis and myself it comes down to keeping our focus on Jesus, whose birth we celebrate.

"So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'
"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”




  1. Everything looks lovely, Nancy. Merry Christmas!

  2. Oh, sweet friend! Your words were such a dear blessing to me right now! Thank you ever so much for this encouragement and boost to my spirits, and may the dear Lord bless you for sharing your beautiful story with us. I am so grateful for you! Much love and many blessings to you!

  3. Merry Christmas to you and Dennis. May you enjoy every moment of this holiday season. It truly is a beautiful time to reflect and enjoy the beautiful memories and the new memories to be made. Merry Sweet Christmas. May the new year bring you Joy, love and lots of good health and happiness.

  4. I know you've been crazy busy at work. There are two places I always go during the Christmas season: one, is the Galleria to watch the ice skaters and the second is Pier 1 to see there exquisite decorations and pillows - always pillows - they just call my name!

  5. Dear Nancy ~ Thanks for the link to your lovely Christmas memory post. I've enjoyed seeing photos in this post of your sweet new home. May you and Dennis have a wonderful Christmas ~ FlowerLady

  6. Merry Christmas Nancy,
    I enjoyed your memories and the tour of your home all decorated.
    Happy 2020 and much love to you,

  7. Merry Christmas Nancy, to both you and Dennis. All of your posts about Pier 1 peaked my curiosity and I ended up there quite a bit this holiday season. I didn't spend a lot but I got a few treasures that make me smile. Happy wishes for a Happy New Year. Hugs!

  8. I really enjoyed your story Nancy, I can just imagine how wonderful it was to share such a special evening with the people who came to the inn! Truly that kind of fellowship is so very heartwarming! Love your simple Christmas decor, sweet touches that fill the heart with goodness. May you and Dennis have a blessed Christmas in Texas :)

  9. What a wonderful memory you have stored away... to bring out each Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing it. I went and read Cheryl's story also - I totally believe that it did happen.. as my parents had to do somewhat the same thing for their 3 girls, back in the early 1950's when they maybe had $2.00 to their name. Your home looks lovely and oh so light and easy to the eye. My home is way too cluttered.. and I long for a cleaner, and simpler look.. and especially during Christmas season, I feel like I just have too much and want to share with others. I hope you are well and happy in your Texas haven.. it sounds like it! Marilyn

  10. Merry Christmas Nancy. Your home looks lovely x

  11. Your house looks absolutely lovely Nancy!! Merry Christmas!!!

    1. Thank you, Angela. And a very Merry Christmas to you!

  12. Your holiday decor is so nice. Everything is special. Hope your Christmas was wonderful.

  13. Your Colorado Christmas story is the real stuff, Nancy. I think that every year after Christmas I study on how to make Christmas simpler, more real, more true. It was easy when our children were young at home, grew harder as school activities grew busier. And it has changed once again since they left home and again as they all had children of their own. Now I watch them search for ways to control the chaos of life and keep it simple for their children. I think for myself that one year I will leave everything packed up and buy flowering plants and let that be it. I contemplate it but am not quite ready for it yet!

    I am fascinated by how different your style has been at each of the three homes you've made for yourselves since I've known you. And I wonder if you have evolved naturally in this or have studied on it, made conscious decisions. You're not really what I think of as a minimalist and yet you have pared down to just the right items. It's fascinating!

    Wish I were close to your Pier 1. I would come see you!

  14. Your home looks lovely, Nancy, and I hope you had a lovely Christmas to go with it. I'm so glad you're blogging again this year, I missed you!!! Heading over to read your memories and leaving you with a big, strong hug.


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