"Do not be anxious about anything but in everything through prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Blessings

As I write this there are 6 days until Christmas. Most everything has been bought and checked off the list. The house is decorated and ready for family to arrive. I look forward to spending time with Charlie's family and mine. There will be a lot of scurrying around as we make time for each of them. Our girls will come in and leave at different times but we will a couple of days to share as "family".  It is so precious. Our little Anna is so enjoying the "Santa" side of Christmas this year. She is still not so sure about getting all cuddly with him. She has enjoyed decorating the tree this year and somewhat undecorating it as she takes ornaments off to show you how pretty they are. Oh my, Christmas through the eyes of a child! Do you remember it?

I don't know that I had one Christmas being any more special than another or one gift that was the "most" special ever. What I do remember about Christmas as a child was the the excitement of all the things we did. We always went together as a family to pick out the "perfect" tree. Then, we decorated it and always put tinsel on it. We liked doing all of that except putting the tinsel on the tree. My mother wanted you to put on one piece at at time because she said it would look so much prettier. We would get tired and just get a handful of it and kinda throw it up on the tree. Needless to say my mother didn't like that. I remember helping her scrunch up all those fruits and nuts to make several fruit cakes. They were good and I didn't learn to appreciate all the work that goes into one until much later. We were allowed to open one gift on Christmas eve and it was always a new pair of pajamas. I miss my mother this time of year. She always made Christmas very, very special. She taught me lots of things that I brought into mine and Charlie's Christmas traditions. I still have my daddy and I am so very thankful for him holding us all together.

As you read this, maybe you will reflect on those things that were special to you as you grew up. And if you don't have special memories from your childhood, I pray that this Christmas you might start making memories and let them begin first with the reason that we celebrate this time of year. It is all about love - the love God has for us and the most precious gift that He has ever given us.

Blessings to you and yours this Christmas. Sharing some photos of Christmas decorations.
Our tree with the lights on.

Special Ornaments
Our Mantel


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