chalkboard wall. december. merry.

Yes. I still love my chalkboard wall. Though, it does make for one more thing to add to that never ending list. Does anyone else feel like December just crept up on them? What happened? I feel like we gobbled it up and then headed right into Christmas. Are you with me?

Deep breath. December. I seriously HEART this month. I am not sure I could have said the same thing a few years ago when our kiddos had no idea what was going on. But, I admit, that I love all the festivities, traditions and smiles that appear when December arrives. My heart melts watching the little ones. For me, this month marks a chance to cherish my family and make memories and {hopefully} traditions that my lil’ loveys will carry on to their own families someday.

And, it a chance for us to reflect on our year. Our blessings. And, the real meaning of Christmas. Yet again, my chalkboard wall will hopefully instill some values and a little less greediness in my cutie-patooties. A girl can try.


A place where I’m hoping we will remember and reflect on the {real} meaning of Christmas… 


The theme for this month? The birth of our savior and how Christ really fits into Christmas.

This time of year it is so easy to get swept away in the hustle and bustle of the season. The presents. The decorations. The feeling of needing more. And, maybe just a little more. My hope for our family is that we wrap up the Christmas season with a better understanding of just how blessed we are and how our savior was born for us. I’m hoping my little munchkins will not only soak up every minute of the holiday festivities, but also recognize the {real} meaning of Christmas. Thus, my December wall serves as a reminder to continually talk, share and reflect on what Christmas is all about.

1. Oh Holy Night. I love this song. Seriously love. And, the meaning behind it. Do you think it would be overboard if I made my kids repeat it every time we walked out to the car? I only kid. I don’t want them to think I am too crazy.

Now, if you know me well, you know I can’t remember song lyrics to save my life. I’m surprised I can get through ‘happy birthday’ on my own. It’s a {gene} thing. My dad can’t remember song lyrics either. If you listen carefully to the two of us you will either hear us {a} humming to our own beat or {b} making up our own lyrics. I am embarrassed to admit, but my other half {who has a crazy knack for memorizing after hearing something once} noticed that I wrote the wrong lyrics on the board. Do you hear that? I can’t even read the lyrics correctly. I swear I was copying off the computer. Now, wouldn’t that have been ridiculously embarrassing if I had posted a picture of the WRONG lyrics? Thank you for saving the day, honey.


2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Isn’t everything better with our red-nosed friend? I thought it was only fitting that he made a guest appearance on our December board. Cute, huh? I actually bought three of these lil’ cuties to hang around the house. I found them at the local craft store for less than $12. Add a red pompom and you have good ole’ Rudolph. I am kind of smitten with our newest addition.


3. Oh deer. Countdown to Christmas. I am not exaggerating when I say this. My 4 year old seriously asks every day when Christmas is. In fact, he might ask multiple times a day. When I tell him “later” he replies with “when is later?”. So, I am putting them to work. The two boys take turns counting down the days with colored chalk. Not only is it too, too cute, but I am hoping it will be an easy way to remember just how long we have to wait until the big day. Oh, and I had to throw in a “deer” somewhere. I love the play on words, though I should have written, “oh, reindeer.” But, the effort it would have taken to erase made me get over it quickly.



May your December be merry and bright. And hoping that you, too, take a little break from the hustle and bustle and find some time to make memories with your family.

try. enjoy. share.

Letter J  XO


{If you missed it, learn how you can make your own {DIY Chalkboard and Magnetic Wall}. Take a quick peek {here} to find out just how easy it is to transform an empty space into something that will make you smile.}

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6 Responses to chalkboard wall. december. merry.

  1. Janelle December 6, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    O Holy Night is my favorite too. Since I can’t carry a tune to save my life I secretly envision myself belting out the lyrics. If only I could.

  2. Erin December 16, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    What craft store did you find the Rudolph at? It is all so darling!

    • lulu & linen December 16, 2013 at 8:05 am #

      I found it at a store called Beverly’s, which is a local craft store near us. I added the pom pom nose to turn him into Rudolph. I hope you find sonera near you!

      • Erin December 17, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

        No Beverly’s around here. :0( I did find out that Michael’s used to carry them. Maybe I’ll get lucky and they will again.


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