Tuesday, December 8, 2009

One of My Most Treasured Gifts

Three years ago, Rachelle and I were both looking for a meaningful gift to make for our parents and in-laws for Christmas. Do you ever have a hard time finding such a gift year after year? We do. It was also the year we both had our last babies and wanted to preserve that precious time in print.

One December afternoon, we gathered all our children (combined that is 11 kids -- that takes some gathering!), donned them in Jerusalem-type clothing (Rachelle gave those to me one year for Christmas. Those deserve a separate post) and went about to capture the scenes of the Nativity.
And it came to pass...in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, everyone to his own city. Luke 2:1,3

We decided to make a 20-page book of the Nativity Story to give to them for Christmas.
A First Christmas. A True Story. The Whitlock Family

In the end, it has become one of our most treasured gifts to ourselves and our children. I love looking at it all year and so do my children. We just followed the Christmas story in the King James version of the Bible and took pictures accordingly. Here is a glimpse into some of the pages. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Luke 2:8

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:10-14
(Can you see personalities in those "angels" singing?)

And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph and the babe lying in a manger. Luke 2:15-16
(I love the angel with his plaid shorts. If we did it perfect, we would never get it done, right? Progress, not perfection.)

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19
Since Rachelle has all boys, my daughter was her model too. We just turned her around and did a side view so you could tell it was "Mary" but not who was portraying her.

Remember the true meaning of Christmas. Whitlock Family 2006
This was so worth the time and energy it took to make it. We are still reaping the rewards. Everyone who received it, loved it. We made ours in Shutterfly. Rachelle set it all up and "shared" it with me online and then I put in my own pictures. We printed up as many copies as we needed. I printed one for each child to have in their memory box for the future, printed one for my parents, in-laws and our adopted grandma, and one to have open in our house.

This would be fun to do yearly or with all the cousins or whatever combination you come up with to do. Now, go and create.


  1. I was so moved when Rachelle presented me a copy, that it brought tears. What a treasure it is.

  2. I remember your mother showing me this when you gave it to her. She loved it.

  3. What a sweet gift idea. How fun to be able to read it every year.

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