We’ve had a busy few weeks around here preparing and celebrating Christmas. I won’t say that every moment has been picture perfect, or that we’ve been all smiles and joy. But we’ve had fun.
Best of all, on Christmas evening, we began to receive this beautiful gift.
Snow on Christmas…in Georgia. What more could I ask for?
This year, more so than ever, we have been reminded that Christmas is not about money, gifts and commercialism. Don’t misunderstand me. Santa Claus did come and visit our boys and brought some pretty nice gifts. Gifts purchased on a budget and with a plan. But that’s not what I’m talking about.
Our family (not just us but our extended family) really pulled together this year to have a family Christmas. Efforts were made that surpassed all others to be together, to share the celebration of Christ’s birth and to shower each other with love. This year, we were all reminded of how important our family is. Not gifts. Not wrapping paper. Not stuff. Just our family.
And for that, I am grateful.
I needed that reminder this year. Though we’ve always tried to keep things simple and to remind our boys of the reason we celebrate Christmas, this year, I found myself wanting to do more, buy more, be more…worldly distractions were trying to work their way into our Christmas. I’m thankful that my heart saw God’s reflection in the gift of family, of a washing of white on our landscape to remind us that we are washed clean with Christ and with time…just time with my babies and my husband. Tiny feet kicked their way through Christmas inside me, constantly reminding me of Mary and making me wonder what she thought and felt as the time of Jesus’ birth approached. Another blessing. Another focusing on what’s really important.
Now, I’m left with those memories. And pondering. Praying and pondering what my Word for 2011 should be. Wondering what I want my focus to be as our family continues to grow. Last year, I chose Respond as my word. And I feel like I’ve made changes to my responses to a lot of things.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you found time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
May our Father in Heaven bless you during the upcoming year,
(And oh yes, there will be more Christmas and snow pictures soon. No worries. I’d be a complete failure as a Georgian if I didn’t take a million pictures of the snow.)