I have asked and prayed for the ability to find the joy of the season in even the smallest of things. I have thankfully been able to see many small occurrences that brought a smile. A couple of examples...While sitting in the dreaded Dentist office yesterday morning, I watched a small toddler just learning to walk play with an ornament and peer around chairs to smile at me. And I found a little glimmer last night as my daughter asked if we would still have our tradition on Christmas morning.
I had to ask her which one she was talking about. She went on to describe our Christmas mornings. We go and get the girls from their beds. We cover their little eyes so they can't see the surprises that await them. We snuggle in the bed while Daddy reads Luke 2. Then Daddy goes ahead of us and waits with the camera to capture every smile and delight!
"Yes my darling, we will still do this." And she was excited. She didn't sigh, like in all honesty I might would have done at her age; she was genuinely excited. I am so glad she likes our tradition, and I am so glad we can focus on our Savior before the ripping of presents ensues.
Don't forget to read the true Christmas story at some point during the craziness. Don't just listen to the preacher say it, or Linus say it, or the Narrator of the Cantata say it...read it yourself. Soak in the meaning. Reflect on the importance, the prophesy, the unimaginable sacrifice, and the miraculous events. Make reading the real story a priority in all the fun things that December brings.
Here are some of the new fun things we have done this season...
Donut Snowman...This was an absolute hit in my oldest daughter's class! I wish I could share some of the hilarious pictures of her classmates while we were making these little treats, but I will just share our practice snowman.