The gifts have been opened, the pictures have been taken, the Christmas meal has been eaten, and the Christmas story has once again been read.
As our family enjoys a cold rainy day indoors, we relish in the pleasures of just being together on this very special day. When I think of all the hours we spent shopping for gifts, decorating the tree, hanging up lights, wrapping presents, attending holiday events, baking cookies, volunteering at church, celebrating with friends, and watching Christmas specials on t.v., it’s hard to believe that all those preparations have culminated just for today.
I never did get our Christmas cards ordered and mailed out this year. We did get the family photos taken last week though. Right after a snow storm passed though our area. I’m thinking a Happy New Year’s card would be nice for family and friends to receive from us. Our boys have changed so much these past 12 months that many of our relatives wouldn’t even recognize them if they passed them on the street… hence the reason to send out cards.
Keith bought Brody and Carson air soft guns this year. Since they can’t go outside to play (it is still raining), Keith has decided to set up a bull’s eye target in the center of our fireplace so they can do some practice shooting. (I’m not kidding). I have little yellow pellets all of the floor. Some body’s gonna be picking them up this evening and it’s not going to be me.
Carson just came in holding his forehead. He tried to hit the fireplace target with his gun but the pellet missed and hit one of the ceramic logs instead. It ricoshed back and hit him between the eyes. I’m thankful that he didn’t take one out. I seem to remember seeing safety googles in the packaging but for the life of me I can’t undestand why no one is wearing them.
I bought Keith an air soft gun too so he could play along with the boys. He is such a big kid at heart. He’s already used up all his pellets so I’m sure we’ll be making a run to Wal-Mart tomorrow for more.
I just love Christmas time and it really has nothing to do with the presents. To me Christmas is all about spending time with my family, making special memories, and celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
This morning I woke up extra early so I could enjoy our beautiful Christmas tree while I sipped a cup of warm coffee and read through the Christmas story in Luke 2. As I sat all snuggled up in my favorite blanket, I thought about Mary and how she lacked the comforts and basic necessities that first Christmas night as she held her new born son in her arms. Humble beginnings, miraculous moments, and eternal results.
As night falls and everyone gets ready for bed, we plan to watch the Nativity movie together. I can’t imagine a better way to end our special Christmas day. We have so much to be thankful for.