My son. He tried to put up a brave front, he really did. He grinned for the camera when he opened his presents. He thought he was getting odds and ends type camping kind of stuff. I’d been telling him that Christmas would be small, that we’d do the best we could with what we had, and he cowboy’d up. Then I had him open one smallish gift that I insisted not be opened until close to last. He ripped off the paper and tears sprung to his eyes. He yelled, he “woo’d,” he fist-pumped, and he hugged us, saying it was the best Christmas ever. He got the game he really, really, really wanted for the game system.
Best Christmas ever. Now that’s what parents love to hear. 🙂
And my daughter got the Barbie she wanted so bad that she almost cried when she pointed them out to me a couple of months ago at the store, thinking they’d all be gone by whenever we might be able to get it. She spent a good portion of Christmas day playing in the sink, watching Barbie’s hair change color.
It was a wonderful Christmas. 🙂
The only down side was Darc getting sick, and then the foot of snow that got dumped on the area, which meant the car needed to be scraped off, and he wouldn’t let me do it. Now his chivalry has caused him to feel even worse, I think, but I’m hoping it’s that low point of sickness that comes just before it starts to break. I’ve kept him supplied with hot tea with honey by the gallon, and lots of homemade chicken stew. Hopefully he’ll wake up Monday morning feeling better.
It has been a great weekend.
So how was yours?
(an oldie but a goodie :) )
Lee, A seven-year-old boy, was asked to say thanks for the Christmas dinner. The family members bowed their heads in expectation. Lee began his prayer, thanking God for his Mommy, Daddy, brothers, sister, Grandma, and all his aunts and uncles. Then he began to thank God for the food.
He gave thanks for the turkey, the stuffing, the Christmas pudding, even the cranberry sauce. Then Lee paused, and everyone waited … and waited. After a long silence, the young fellow looked up at his mother and asked, "If I thank God for the Brussels sprouts, won’t He know that I’m lying?"
It is my most heartfelt wish that each and every one of you know the joy of the season, that your hearts are full. If I could hug you all, I would. I hope your Christmas is wonderful and full of light and happiness.
Have a blessed Christmas!
In a totally selfish vein, today I am thankful for being able to get my kids Christmas presents.
This may not sound like that big a deal to you, but for me, it is. You see, this is the 1st time in 4 years that we’ve been able to get our kids a decent Christmas. The last few years have been rough ones for us, and we don’t talk much about that because we don’t want to come across as whiners or complainers. That was our lot and we tried to cowboy up and do the best we could with what we had, even with silly sock-ants.
And by the Grace of God and the skin of our teeth, this year might have been yet another one where my kids didn’t have much, if anything, under the tree. I know Christmas isn’t all about the gifts. Boy howdy, I know that, as do my kids. At the same time, when you’re 8, or 4, or 6 – a Christmas tree without presents is indeed a hard thing to handle. It’s also a hard thing for parents to handle too, knowing their kids aren’t going to get the toys and things they want.
So, this year, I am thankful that I’m able to get my kids presents. Yes, there are lots of kids out there who won’t have much under the tree this year – for all you know, they might be your neighbors and just too proud to reveal their circumstances. Thank goodness there are things like churches, charities, and Toys for Tots.
I am also, most especially, thankful for the true gift of Christmas. For unto us is born this day, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. The real reason for the season, no matter what you want to call it. 🙂
Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
A Blessed Christmas to you all.