So amongst all the Christmas cheer, we want to make sure we ingrain in the kids the true story of Christmas, and how important it is to our family. Elise is very excited about Jesus' birthday, and she told me she was going to "make him a list for Santa" to make sure Jesus gets some good gifts. Luke has enjoyed our nativity scene. He loves pulling his chair up to my buffet, and pointing to "baby Jesus." He and Elise have done some roll playing - for some reason Luke always had to be baby Jesus and Elise is Mary. I've played the role of Joseph at times.....when they ask me :) We plan to make cupcakes on Christmas Eve to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus! Now I know, at 2 and 3 years old, once Christmas morning hits, it will all be about the presents....BUT I also know that year after year they will understand more, and appreciate more fully, what a beautiful season of God's love this is.
I have to admit, this is the first year in a very long time that I feel organized and ready! I believe this has to do with #1, the kids being a little older, and #2, the wonderful reminders, prayer services, and people we are surrounded by who help us to remember not to stress....but to enjoy.....the Season of Jesus' birth :)
Merry Christmas everyone!!