As I have said before here on the blog, I relish the days between Christmas Day and Epiphany/Three Kings Day/Twelfth Night/January 6th because that, my friends, is THE CHRISTMAS SEASON! If we listen to the radio or watch the ads on television, they tell us that the Christmas season began way back around Halloween, and now it is all over.
Well, GOOD NEWS! It's only the third day! So if you didn't quite get all your Christmas cards mailed out, like me, then you are IN LUCK! You've got NINE more days! Wheeeeeee!
I promised last week that I would show you a bit of our first Christmas in Texas. One thing I didn't see coming as Christmas approached was that we would all feel such a strong sense of loss in not celebrating Christmas in Boston, in the ways to which we had become accustomed over the last 16 years. It took all my fortitude to find and set up the Advent wreath. Not be sound overly dramatic, but it was through tears that I searched the boxes in the garage, asking God to help me find what I needed and to give me grace to set it all up. The children wondered how in the world it could possibly be Christmas if it wasn't even remotely cold out? On that note, does any one have some Christmas-y shorts and flip-flops I could borrow?
I tried to explain to the children that the meaning of Christmas does not depend on the weather. In fact, as my dear friend in New Zealand reminded me (hi, Carol Anne!), Christmas is a SUMMER holiday for half of the world! John and I didn't grow up with picturesque New England Christmases. Our children have been spoiled by living their entire lives in a place that to me, while I was growing up, was ONLY IN BOOKS! It's so hard to change, isn't it?
But Lucy said the sweetest thing on Christmas Eve. She said, "God gave me a thought! He told me that even though it doesn't look like Christmas, it still feels like Christmas!" I love this for two reasons. One, God speaks to her heart and she listens. Two, God gave her comfort and reassurance that even though her world has been turned upside down, CHRISTMAS STILL COMES. God with us. Alleluia.
|The wreath is made from dried chile peppers.|
|Christmas morning mantle and one very excited little girl!|
|This is the kitty that adopted us a few days before Christmas. His name is Navidad. He is super cute.|
|Crockpot full of traditional Christmas Eve soup.|
|Christmas morning feast may be my favorite meal of the year! Cinnamon rolls, bacon, spiced winter fruit, vanilla pear mimosas, coffee...|
|Cousins came over that night and they tried out Just Dance 4! Very fun.|
|Christmas dinner made my John, complete with Christmas crackers and paper crowns.|
I do hope, dear friends, that you had a blessed Christmas Day, celebrating the Incarnation of God! We are spending the next several days of Christmas with my parents, and I hope that we will do some more Christmas baking and go on some good hikes.
Tell me in the comments what you're looking forward to in the remaining days of Christmas!