Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry CHRISTmas!

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Christmas has always been my favorite time of year! As a child, it was all about the presents. Heck, as an adult it's usually about the presents. I love to give & receive them. My love language is gifts. It's how I show love & how love is shown to me. It doesn't have been expensive - I just need to know that you thought of me.

Over the past few years, we've really learned to put the emphasis on the true meaning of Christmas - birth of a baby sent to save the world. We've worked Santa into our Christmas traditions, but continue to teach our children the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas Eve, Craig reads Luke's account of the Christmas story. This year, we've added a birthday party for Jesus & left a Happy Birthday Jesus cupcake for Santa.

As always, this year we started out nice & early. Not our choice. The kids could no longer contain themselves & HAD to get up. So, it began at 5:45 am!! Craig started a fire & took the dog out for a quick walk before the kids could check out the tree.

We usually start with the stockings... which proved to be successful this year. No socks or oranges! Candy, candy & more candy! Then it was on to the tree. Wrapping paper flying, squeals of delight as treasures were unwrapped. Telescopes, stereos, Wii games, DS games, MP3 players, Legos, books, & more filled the dining room along with the sheer joy of the morning. Clothing items were openly welcomed!

Breakfast cooked & served by a wonderful 11-year old girl, cooked to perfection! Scrambled eggs A mom could get used to that!

Everyone off in their own direction to unpacked their goodies. Justin in his room quickly assembling Legos, Chelsea plugged in to her DS to design the latest fashions.

It's now 7:40 in the morning. All gifts are unwrapped, boxes are opened & garbage gathered. I think I'll wrap up in my Snuggie, settle in front of the fire & take an early nap.

Merry Christmas!

1 comment:

Criss T said...

Our tradition: I place the stockings in the kids bedroom after they are asleep. They can go through their stockings as soon as they are awake, but they need to stay in their room and cannot wake up mom and dad! Over the years I've learned to balance candy, food for sustenance (a banana or granola bar), and something fun to play with to last a while.

It's less effective the older they get, but still keeps them at bay for a while. :)

BTW - Our kids have never believed in Santa, but we always emphasized that some kids do and that's okay - don't tell them! It's our secret! lol