I had a hard time getting in the Christmasy spirit this year. I know it doesn't help that with Christmas comes my most dreaded season of cold and snow ;) but i know i was also struggling with how to make Christmas really count. I wanted to instill gratefulness and meaning into my kids' hearts and view of this holiday. I want them to realize how much they have, how much Jesus gave for them and how much of blessing it is to love others...
i love what Jami from "Hello from the Natos" wrote on this topic.
Anyway, i don't feel like i figured anything out this year...but i know it was good to think about and more than anything i realized that as great as it is to live circumspectly at christmas time it is just as important if not more important to do so throughout the year. Listen to this great quote some friends of ours put on their Christmas card:
"Christmas, my child, is love in action...The greatest gift God ever gave was HIS Son, sent to us in human form so that we might know what God the Father is really like! Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas." D.E. Rogers
Here's to loving more, giving more, and being more intentional all year!
part 2 of our family christmas comes tomorrow and then we can happily move onto the new year! Thanks for sticking with me.