Christmas Eve, we celebrated by caroling to friends and neighbors and delivering some goodies, while others did the same to us. It was fun. To top off the evening, we read the story of Christ's birth followed by watching a short movie clip called Luke II. We followed up by watching the short Mr. Krueger's Christmas, and then concluded by watching George C. Scott's version of A Christmas Carol. Inspiring! All the while, we gratefully pigged out on hoagie sandwiches and a yummy relish tray and goodies. I kept hearing from my kids, "I LOVE Christmas!" and "This is the only time of year we can pig out on junk food, and it's okay with our parents." They had fun, which makes me smile. Hearing the laughter of my children together is the best gift.
No other season quite brings out the gratitude-filled feelings of the heart. Its special. It's important. Especially to think of all that we have been blessed with this year. I'm ever so grateful to have my husband still with me and to enjoy my family and those I love. It's been good to talk with friends ;), and to receive special Christmas cards that we save and use as Christmas decorations the next year. We hang them with the garland around the top of the ceiling with lights. They are so pretty and remind us of all those who are special to us.
May you all enjoy your loved ones and enjoy this special holiday time reflecting upon what is most important in our lives. And for me, most of all, I am grateful for a Savior who has made it possible for me and others to return to our heavenly home.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!