I remember what it felt like to be a kid on Christmas.
I remember the anticipation that built up and built up and built up until I felt like I might burst...the excitement of getting presents for others and wrapping them and imagining the reactions the recipients would have as they opened them...the wondering about what was in the gifts with my name on them...the fun of going to sleep with a Christmas candle in the window of my bedroom...the love of all things Christmas-related: the music, the decorations, the food...the feeling that this--oh, THIS!--was the pinnacle of the year!
And so, because I remember those emotions so vividly, even though I did get up to shush David and Tobin about 5:50 a.m. on Christmas morning when their exuberance got a little too noisy, I delight in seeing the intense joy of my children as Christmas Day approaches and dawns. It is a wonderful time.
As usual, I took an abundance of pictures; but I've managed to narrow it down to a few. Well...cough, cough...maybe more than a few. ;-) But you only get one chance to celebrate the Christmas of 2015, right? I'll try to keep my comments about the pictures to a minimum, but you know how that goes. ;-)
Happy, eager children...
a Q & A a Day journal.
A Ninjago LEGO flying ninja for Tobin...
we had played it with friends, Shav had been wanting a set of our own; and now he has it. And we have played it many times since Christmas Day--earlier this evening, for example, as we awaited the new year. :)
Thank You, God, for the gift of Jesus.
Before I end this post about Christmas, I want to add two things in the interest of "keepin' it real." First, although I truly enjoyed Christmas, I felt like my joy was filtered through a haze of fatigue. With being up in the night with Benjamin, I have stayed continually tired--no surprise there--but sometimes I have felt foggy and a bit disconnected. Because of that, perhaps I didn't feel the emotions as intensely as I have sometimes. I'm expecting next year will be different without a baby to nurse in the night (and yes, I'm sure I'll miss those night cuddles).
Second, I LOVE to give gifts to my children; and I enjoy thinking about what they would especially like. My process of getting Christmas gifts for them happens long before Christmas; in fact, all throughout the year, when I find things they would appreciate, I get them and tuck them away. This year, I did a poor job of that; and with Benjamin's birth, I didn't put much effort into gift-getting until fairly close to Christmas. It was a little of a scramble to get gifts for everyone (but I did get them wrapped well before Christmas Eve, so hooray for that!) ;-), and I hope to do better in this area next year.
With those things confessed, my heart is clear, my photos are shared, my words are captured, and I'm ready to wrap up Christmas so I can turn my attention to the next big thing.
A brand new year!! :)