Friday, December 24, 2010
Earlier this month it seemed like Christmas Eve would never get here, that we had all the time in the world to get ready. Now, suddenly it seems, it's here. I'm glad, though - I'm ready for it, and the kids need the anticipation to reach its fulfillment and end. The presents are all bought and wrapped, the baking is done, we'll be going to church tonight for a candlelight service, and tomorrow is THE BIG DAY. How fun, how special, and how many memories I have of Christmases past.
I remember our son's first Christmas. He was about 10 weeks old, and we put him under the tree and took pictures of him with some little Winnie the Pooh stuffed baby toys we had given him. Our best Christmas gift, he was such a cute little boy. The stuffed Piglet became his best bedtime buddy for a long time; our son called him "Piggit!"
Our daughter would still like to believe in Santa, just a little. I'm willing to play along, and let her have that Christmas magic for one more year. There's no harm in it, and she's having fun. On the last day of school this week her class had a pajama party and brought their favorite stuffed animals, and watched "The Polar Express." They had hot chocolate and candy canes, and the teacher gave each child a jingle bell on a ribbon as a keepsake. What a fun memory!
Merry Christmas, friends! May you have a beautiful, blessed holiday. May Jesus' love be with you tonight, tomorrow, and all year long.