Monday, December 1, 2008
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
I love Christmas. I love the decorating. I love re-reading the Christmas story. I love watching Christmas specials. I love Christmas music. I love Christmas shopping. I love watching my children open their gifts on Christmas day. I love cooking Christmas Eve dinner. I love spending time with family at Christmas. I love Christmas smells. I love Christmas weather.
My house looks like Christmas, and I love it. If only it would snow...well, I did see it snow on Saturday....from a machine, but Josie-Tatum and Ellie did get to throw snow balls for a minute, before they melted.
Here are some pictures from our Christmas preparations. I'd love to hear from some of you, to learn what you do to keep Christ in the center of your holiday celebrations.
The girls enjoyed making wreaths with gum drops. It was simple and fun!
Blurry picture of the girls with Santa. (I'm learning my new camera's quirks....)
Sweet Story: Josie-Tatum said she would like to ask Santa to help the orphans, but she's not sure if he can do that. Again, tonight she said, "Mama, if you had just one wish, what would it be? Mine would be to help the orphans." Oh, Jesus, to help encourage her heart and compassion.
Tonight was the Annual Christmas Parade in our hometown. Here is a picture of the girls waiting on the parade with my nephew Joshua. First Baptist Church provided free hot chocolate. (I was learning more about my new camera and these pictures are better than the SAnta one.)
This is how Caleb looked after Black Friday. I sent him and Brandon to Wal-Mart just after 4 a.m., while Whit and I headed to Brunswick shopping. I needed a new camera, and needed Caleb to get in line to get a good deal. While I was still driving, Caleb called my cell, "Mama, this is ridiculous. Mama, do you know how crazy it is here?" Later, he called back, "Mama, do you know what they do? Mama, they blow and air horn, and then anything is fair game. Mama, they cut the plastic with box cutters, and if you bring your own knife, you can get in the game." He DID get the good deal on my camera. (After finding the camera that Ellie tucked away, it broke. :( )
The boys said they would choose suicide over another Black Friday at Wal-Mart.