It’s the Most Wonderful Night of the Year!

Our family has a wonderful tradition. Instead of buying a gift ¬†for every person in the family, we draw names and make a homemade gift for the lucky recipient. We then choose a special night where the gifts are unveiled. Since Kade and Taylor are leaving for Hawaii this week to be with her family over the holidays (we will be joining them on the 26th), this “most wonderful night of the year” happened last Sunday night at my parents house.

Let me just say that is was truly magical. We laughed. We cried. We basked in the love that we feel for each other.

Taylor and I had each other. I made her a 50-year Christmas scrapbook. The idea behind it is to take a holiday photo of her and Kade’s family every year and watch how they they change and grow in numbers over the years. I also downloaded some free, cool Becky Higgins quotes that I put in Christmas frames. Taylor made me three wire necklace “charms” that can be interchangeable on the beautiful silver chain I’m wearing


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Kade made his dad a “pillow desk” for his laptop computer. Steve loves it and uses it constantly.


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Sage made Kade a pencil/pen/Sharpie holder. Black beans inside the container hold all the writing tools in place.


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Steve made Brecken a “sunburst” frame with his favorite quote from the movie “Dan in Real Life.” It features an adorable photo of them when she was a little girl.


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Stefyn made Sage an idea binder of cools ways to style hair. The outside boasts an original poem written by Stefyn.


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The funniest gift of the night was Collin’s present to Stefyn:


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He sculpted a monkey head out of clay since Stefyn’s favorite animal is a monkey.

The present that made us all cry was Brecken’s gift to Collin. She wrote original lyrics dedicated to Collin to the song “Butterfly Fly Away.” She framed the lyrics and had Collin silently read them while she sang the song to him. All of us in the room were crying. It was so heartfelt and adorable.


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Maybe you’ve already had your “most wonderful night of the year.” Maybe it’s right around the corner. Whatever time it may be, remember to enjoy all the magical moments and to find joy in the journey.

Love, Lisa

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11 Responses to “It’s the Most Wonderful Night of the Year!”

  1. kat-in-texas says:

    Love your family traditions, Lisa! You always make such cool, thoughtful homemade gifts to give each other!! So sweet!!

    I can’t wait for our Christmas Eve get-together at my parents house this year. My whole family will be in town and it’s all about loving, lots of laughing (and eating) and giving. We wouldn’t have it any other way!!!

    Hope y’all have a wonderful trip to Hawaii this year!! Take lots of pics.

    p.s. Now we need to hear Brecken’s song (sung by Brecken)!!!

  2. Jeanne Ann says:

    What a memory maker! I love giving and receiving handmade gifts for the love that goes into each is more precious than anything that can be bought. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. Wendy Orme says:

    What a wonderful tradition! So fun to see how creative you all are. Merry Christmas!

  4. Carol says:

    Ever so lovely. Great creative hearts, minds and souls at work out there in Utah!! Enjoy your Holidays and travel safely. :):)

  5. Sheryl Pyle says:

    What a beautiful idea. I love your family ideas too. What a great scrapbook for Taylor to cherish. You guys are all so clever. Merry Christmas.

  6. Lisa W. says:

    What a nice idea, I love this!!! I enjoyed seeing all the homemade gifts. I know whenever I receive a gift like that it’s like a treasure. Happy Holidays Lisa to you and your family!!!

  7. Sunnie Tiderman says:

    Sorry to bother you. I was wondering if you could help me. I ordered a photobook through Lisa Bearnson/Ziblio in October and have never recieved it. I have tried to contact them at but have never gotten any response.
    Please let me know what I can do.

    Sunnie Tiderman Order #29353

  8. Melanie says:

    I always love hearing how this came out. You are such a cute, fun family. These memories matter most. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  9. Trecca says:

    I wanted to thank you for the homemade Christmas idea! This is our families third year of making the homemade gift and it’s our favorite part of Christmas! We all are scrambling in December to finish our gift even clear up to christmas eve.

  10. SandraA says:

    Love this! The love you share is obvious in the very thoughtful gifts everyone made.

  11. Leslie says:

    Sage is very creative

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