Christmas is in full swing in our home!! And has been for a week or two now! I really do love christmas. Maybe it's the way I was raised. My Mom loves christmas!!! I remember doing craft fairs, and hunting for the perfect gift for my siblings. When we were really little my parents did a 'Mom and Pop shop' in one of the rooms in the house and dressed up silly and put themselves into character. I think my Mom was 'Milly' but that could be faulty memory. They had all kinds of goodies for us to choose from, and usually some candie dots for ourselves, you know the ones that were rainbow colored on that roll of waxy paper. Well we loved it! It gave us a real sense of the spirit of christmas, to give to others.
I think that one year I thought I was being such a sneeky 7-8 yr old. I went through the consumers catalogue and put a 'code' next to each gift I was going to purchase for the members of my family. Unfortunately everyone else goes through the catalogue too, and my 'code' was their initials. Oops! I was young!
Well I love christmas! I love to focus on our Savior's birth. I love to have the kids act out the traditional and sometimes chaotic and funny nativity. I love to see my kids eyes light up when we drive by a house with lights and they exclaim " it's christmas!" likes it's in everyone of those little LED bulbs. The best is the tree displays over the past couple of weeks in the stores. My kids are soooo excited about this season with me, we haven't even really gotten into the gift part of it to much. Oh and 'Baby Jesus' should be proudly displayed at my Mom's front door here soon for all the kids to swoon over!
I am so excited to see what they pick for each other this year. I am so excited for them to go through their old toys and decide what to give to children who don't have so much. I was explaining this concept to Evan, that other kids don't always have christmas. He was SO sad for them.
So here is to christmas! Dancing to christmas tunes, yelling jingle bells, making chocolates with family, finding ways to serve others, my Mom's amazing fruit tea on the stove 24/7 and being with family, all the while focusing on the true spirit of christmas, and remembering baby Jesus.
I hope that the wonder of christmas is filling your home soon! We are in heaven!
P.S. I'm making official stockings for my kids this year, finally, so keep posted for those!