We’re just three days away from Christmas and I **think** I am ready. My baking was done a while ago, the presents are all bought with all but one wrapped (**note for the shopping list – pick up wrapping paper), and I believe I have all the food I need.
Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year. I have always loved the magic of the season coupled with the beautiful story of Christ’s birth. Each year, as we move through the advent season, I am reminded just how much God loves us. I recently purchased the e-book version of the Jesus Storybook Bible and as Elijah and I listed to a story last night, I was struck by the simplicity of the story.
“And there in the stable amongst the chickens and the donkeys and the cows, in the quiet of the night, God gave the world his wonderful gift. The baby that would change the world was born. His baby Son . . . You see God was like a new daddy – he couldn’t keep the good news to himself. He’d been waiting all these long years for this moment and now he wanted to tell everyone . . . He’s here! He’s come! Go and see him. My little boy.”
I’ve always known Jesus was God’s son, but to think of Him as I think of my own boys, as God’s little boy, was striking to me.
The last year, particularly the last eight months since Ezra was born, have been a bit of whirlwind. I can’t believe my baby boy is already eight months! We’ve already had lots of fun with him this Christmas season, him and his bigger brother.
Elijah loves all things Christmas. The other night as I was tucking him into bed, we had the following conversation:
Elijah: Mommy! I talked to Santa!
Mommy: You did!? What did you say to him? Did he say hi?
Elijah: *pause* He said, “Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho.”
Many giggles followed and as I left his room I could hear him continue “Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho.”
I love this age. The magic of Christmas is very real for Elijah but he still doesn’t fully comprehend it. He loves our tree (and when the needles fall off he is very quick to let me know…Uh oh! Mommy, the tree broken, the tree fall down!”), he loves all the imagery of Santa, and all the sparkly things. He has not however connected that Santa will bring him presents wrapped up with sparkly bows and place them under his Christmas tree.
See. All the magic. None of the consumerism.
Our family wishes you a blessed Christmas season and an amazing start to 2017. I look forward to continuing to interact with you all.
For now, enjoy some beautiful holiday photos of our little family.