Saturday morning I announced to my family “today, after we’re done cleaning, we’ll start decorating for Christmas”. What was I thinking? After that it was impossible to get my chores done; the kids in their excitement, asked and pleaded and whined and implored “are you done cleaning yet mom?” I finally gave in and dug into the closet that holds my hat making supplies, craft supplies and Oh yes, the box of Christmas decorations, everyone was excited.
I make no apologies for absolutely and positutely loving this time of year. “And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)
I made this wreath, though it is simple, I'm very fond of it!
In our home Christmas is ALL about Jesus. Period. Because we do not watch television, both the Santa Claus message and the commercialization of Christmas is lost on my kids. They may hear it at school yes, but they know, because we taught them, the real reason for the season is Jesus. I strongly believe that when children’s lives are filled with love and joy and laughter, when they have the stability of family traditions, and their foundation is in the word of God and consistent prayer; they are more likely to succeed in all their adult endeavors – including, and most importantly, their walk with God. I enjoyed these same activities as a child and still do. It’s now my turn, as a mom, to work hard to make this season special for my own children to enjoy.
So this is the beginning of good times. For my kids, decorating our house is a Christmas favorite, but also there’s: enjoying the beautifully rendered Christmas carols about the birth of our savior, loving the smell of freshly baked cookies as the aroma hugs the air, gingerbread house decorating, Christmas card making, gift wrapping, Sunday school Christmas programs, secular school Christmas programs, more family gatherings, more feastings (sigh and smile) and of course the season would not be complete without sharing Christ and his AWESOME GOODNESS with someone.
Not very glamorous, I know! It's made up of mostly ornaments my kids made at home and in school
As we celebrate this Christmas season, please let us pause to look around for someone to bless; someone who may be less fortunate. Let us be true examples of the christian believer and show this world why Jesus really came to earth. Thank you for reading my blog and have a very Merry, Merry Christmas!
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