Christmastime

We just returned from a week of Christmastime traveling.  Suitcases have been unpacked, five loads of laundry washed (halfway folded), and the house put back into some semblance of order with all the new additions of toys and gifts from loved ones. I’m sitting here gazing at the sparkly lights in shocked amazement  that the “most wonderful time of the year” has already come and gone.  Isn’t this what we’ve planned and anticipated for months?!?

I certainly didn’t accomplish all that was on my list of Christmassy “to-do’s”.  Things like making a gingerbread house (do gingerbread cookies count?) with the littles, creating bright play-doh for my nephew’s gifts, baking an assortment of goodies for neighbors and friends, and other suddenly inconsequential things.

Despite the un-completed list of things that would have certainly kept me busy, but in the end can be set aside, we were able to enjoy some wonderful together moments, all the while remembering the “stuff” isn’t what Christmas is about anyway.

A SURPRISINGLY CUTE, BUT NASTY MOUSE, IN THE NUTCRACKER BALLET DSCN3127

OUR BOLD SECOND GRADER SANG HIS FIRST SOLO AT THE SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CONCERT.  HE GOT TO CHOOSE, AND SANG, “SILENT NIGHT”.  (HE WAS THE ONLY KID, K-8, WILLING TO SING A SOLO!)

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A NASTY COLD SWEPT THROUGH THE WHOLE FAMILY, LEAVING US WITH LOTS OF MOVIE DAYS

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MY SISTER AND HER FAMILY CAME TO VISIT.  SO THANKFUL FOR A SISTER DATE!

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NIGHTS BY THE FIRE WITH WHITE LIGHTS GLOWING AND CINNAMON CANDLES BURNING

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SHARING AN ADVENT STORY WITH THE KIDS

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CELEBRATING MY KID’S GREAT-GRANDMA’S 100TH B-DAY!!

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VISITING MY PARENTS AND SOME FAMILY ON THE WAY TO SAID 100TH BIRTHDAY REUNION

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TRAVELING SOUTH THROUGH SNOW AND SLEET TO STAY A FEW DAYS WITH THE IN-LAWS, ENJOYING FAMILY TOGETHERNESS AND COUSIN PLAY-TIME.

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GROWING THROUGH THE STRUGGLES OF COUSIN PLAY TIME. 🙂

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READING CHRISTMAS LETTERS

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ENJOYING OUR FIRST BIG STORMS WITH 70+ MPH WINDS!!  FUN STUFF!

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ANSWERING THE QUESTION WAY TOO MANY TIMES, “HOW MUCH LONGER ‘TIL CHRISTMAS?”

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CREATING NEW MEMORIES, AND REMINISCING OVER OLD ONES

We remember this Christmas season that we have reason to celebrate because One came to us and for us, as the God-man, Jesus Christ.

“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!  And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”  Luke 2:8-12

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I hope all your Christmas happenings were merry and bright, and that even if you didn’t accomplish everything on your list, you enjoyed the people around you, and understood for the first time, or all over again, what a GIFT we were given in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

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