I’ve posted a lot about Christmas this year, I know. You’ll have to excuse my excessive Christmas spirit!
This year is so special (notice there are THREE stockings hung!) and it actually feels nippy outside! As opposed to last year’s Christmas season – I remember that it had reached almost 70 degrees one day. Ridic! Next year, we will probably have a WHITE Christmas, since we’re moving to CO. That will be the first time for me since I lived in Canada. I don’t want to think too much about next year and how amazing it will be, though. I really want to stay in the present.
Changing topics here… It can be difficult for me to remember what Christmas is really about, especially without my parents gently prodding me in the right direction when I lived under their roof. Now that I have my own family, I’d really like to be a good, Godly example.
So, this year we made it a point to donate gifts to little boys and girls through the Salvation Army. While I was wrapping each gift for those precious children, I felt a tug on my heartstrings. These sweet kids are God’s children. His beloved. And although I don’t personally know them, Jesus certainly does. I’m telling you, when I started really thinking about these kids, instead of being proud of myself for being selfless, I felt happier than I ever have. I was happy that God was able to use my family to be a light. Not only for the kids, but for their entire families!
Another tradition that my parents brought us up on was going out to senior citizen’s homes the week before Christmas. My mom would make a ton of cookies beforehand and package them with a little note as a reminder of what Christmas is all about. We would sing carols to the ones who didn’t get visitors and leave them with the cookies. Because of this, I have a desire to do the same. And when I learned that my husband was brought up to do exactly the same thing, I fell in love with his family even more! How amazing is it that we were brought up the same way?!
We plan on visiting a senior citizen’s home (we haven’t picked which one yet) in Fayetteville sometime this week. We will package cookies together with a bible verse and hand them out to the people who don’t get a lot of company. I can’t wait to make this our own family tradition. And someday, I know our children will do the same with their families!
And, of course, I had to take a few of my babies hanging out together!