Merry Christmas! {plus My Favorite Christmastime Posts}

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2015


Merry Christmas!

We sent out our Christmas cards last week — so I figured it was safe to share them on the blog now 🙂

We actually just took this picture a few weeks ago — right by the swingset in our backyard! It was a random warm, sunny, December day, so I quickly put a few benches and decorations on the fence. Then I called my sister (who lives down the road) and she came and used my phone to snap a few pictures. Simon was just waking up from his nap and not happy to be getting his picture taken — but 4 out of 5 smiles isn’t bad.

I was thrilled with the cards we printed from (the calendars look great too, but I can’t share those on the blog yet!)

I also took advantage of the free address printing option Minted was offering this year, so I didn’t even have to address any of my cards! Score!

The back of the card says:

Nora (4 Years)

Nora started 3-school this fall, and is in the children’s choir at church.

She loves riding her bike, playing dress-up, singing, dancing, doing crafts, playing doctor, and baking with mom.

She recently celebrated her 4th birthday with a Cinderella party.

Simon (21 months)

Simon is full of energy — he runs, jumps, and climbs on everything!

He loves riding on his scooter, swinging, playing with trucks, pretending to cook, and trying to keep up with his big sister.

Simon will turn 2 in March.

James (5 months)

James joined our family almost 2 weeks “late” on July 14.

He is rolling, cooing, grabbing his feet, and trying really hard to crawl.

He is such a happy baby and well-l0ved by his older siblings!


Our Christmas Cards from Previous Years:

2014 Christmas Card + Baby Announcement

2013 Thanksgiving Card

2012 Christmas Card

2011 Christmas/New Year’s Card + Nora’s Birth Announcement

2010 Christmas Card + We Moved Announcement (plus, all previous year’s cards)


My Favorite Christmastime Posts from the Archives:

Since I’ll be taking a little blogging break  until the New Year, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Christmastime posts from the archives — in case you’re looking for some Christmas inspiration!

This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas posts — I wrote it on Christmas Eve right after we had moved into our farmhouse. It’s a play on the “Twas The Night Before Christmas” poem!

Here’s a bunch of creative ideas to repurpose old holiday cards.

A humorous plea to all those well-meaning relatives who insist on buying our kids boatloads of toys every year!

10 Tips to Simplify Holiday Entertaining

A word of encouragement to those of you who might not be having a simple or stress-free holiday season.

A practical post on how I get cash back for all my holiday online shopping.


Clutter-Free Gift Series:

Over the past 5+ years, I’ve written countless posts on clutter-free gift giving. If you’re still looking for a gift for someone on your list, I’m positive one of my clutter-free ideas will work.

Here’s a link to ALL my posts about clutter-free gifts.

A few more ideas:

Creative ways to give cash.

Creative ways to give gift cards.

Creative ways to give food gifts.

Creative ways to give acts of service gifts.

Creative ways to give experience gifts.


My Favorite Holiday Recipes:

In case you’re still looking for the perfect recipe, I’ve shared a few of my favorite holiday dishes below.

And if you’re attending a potluck-style party, here are a few of my tips for bringing a dish to pass.


Merry Christmas!

We’ll see you back here after the New Year!

Love, the Dekkers

christmas 2015

christmas 2014

christmas 2012

christmas 2011

christmas 2010

Christmas 2009

Christmas 2008

christmas 2007

christmas 2006


Filed under: FamilyHolidays

Leave a comment


  1. Emily


    Merry Christmas Andrea!! Very fun to look back at all your Christmas photos. We were up in Grandville last week purchasing a vehicle, made me think of you. 🙂 Hope your family enjoyed a wonderful, joy filled holiday season!! 🙂


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Emily! We had a nice Christmas — I hope you did too.

    Also, I hope you are enjoying your new vehicle! How fun!


  2. Deni


    Merry Christmas to the Dekkers! Thanks for all you do to make my life better!!!


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Deni!!


  3. Kelly K


    Love your card – especially the BACK! Will have to file that template away for next year. Merry Christmas – I so love your blog!


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Kelly! It was the perfect template for us with 3 kids this year!


  4. JJ


    Merry Christmas! Love your card!


  5. Deborah


    I loved this years Christmas card, front and back! How did you know what size on the “To” on the addressed envelope? I like the way the whole thing looks! Of course the past Christmas cards look great too, your one of the few who can carry short and long hair and look great! Blessings!

    Merry Christmas!


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Deborah — I really liked how the cards turned out too!

    The “TO” for the addressed envelope was all done by Minted — so I didn’t have to choose anything there. I just gave them my addresses and they did the rest 🙂


  6. Kristen @ Joyfully Thriving


    Another lovely Christmas card, Andrea! It’s amazing to see how quickly one’s family can change from year to year. Enjoy the break with your family (I’m doing the same) and a very Merry Christmas to you!


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Kristen! Enjoy your break!


  7. Debby


    Merry Christmas to your family Andrea. Enjoy your time off. Looking forward to another great year of great posts.


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Debby!