Over the years we've created our own traditions.
On our Christmas eve we gather around Michael who reads us the love story of Christ's birth from Matthew.
After the kids are asleep Michael and I get to work prepping stockings, putting out last minute presents, and setting the breakfast birthday (breakfast birthday parties are a tradition in our house, and we make sure Jesus, who is so much a part of our family gets his party too).
As is tradition after they rise they wait for me to be ready at the end of the hall with the video camera in hand. This is the only day they do not complain about me and my camera; they gift me with allowing me to capture ALL the memories my mama heart wants.
They open their stockings. Always happy for a few little treats and a fresh set of day-of-the-week undies.
After breakfast we tear into the presents. The past few years the kids have chosen to use their own money to purchase gifts for each other. These are the gifts they are begging to share and open first. And that, well, that is my favorite present.
Peace was my word for 2013.
For each of us a thoughtful gift means so much more than an expensive one.
This thoughtful gift was the one I was most excited to give this year was to Josie. We cleared a kitchen drawer, filled it with new cooking supplies, and wrapped it up for our cook.
After presents we typically go to church. This is always the Sunday that there has been a Christmas cantata or a focused time of Christmas worship. It's exactly what my Spirit craves this season. However, this year we needed to wrap our Christmas up early because family from Australia and Maui were visiting! We mixed things up a bit, and went Wednesday (listen to a delicious rendition of Away in a Manger from our church, The Well, here).
The kids requested foods I would NEVER make for this year's Christmas feast-
BBQ spare ribs and homemade Mac n' Cheese. Guess who added the salad and broccoli to the mix?
"and I can't afford it but it's mine." And the reason we experience such wealth; such fullness of life, is because of the Savior Jesus, who was born for us that first Christmas.
Live in Peace,