Thursday, December 24, 2015

On the 7th-2nd day of Christmas

Yes, yes I may be including a few days into one post, but the weekend was full of too many good things, and I was very present in all of them. And when I say weekend, I mean to say Christmas Break, because we are on the brink of Thursday morning here on the West Coast, and we are all in vacation mode. Nonetheless, let us carry on with the 12 Days. 

Day 7: 

"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is to sing loudly for all to hear" 

I recently sang in a guest choir for the Columbia Chorale's Christmas concert and the spirit in that hall was filled with joy, love and peace. Songs about the Savior's birth and this holiday season ring with cheer. Although my group met briefly during November, we made beautiful music. 

Music enlivens the Christmas season. 

Day 6: Family First. 

Family. I realize not all family relationships are perfect, in fact none are. However, the differences and quarks within a family are what make your surname individual. This is a great time of year to refreshen, strengthen and reconsider your relationship with those you call your kin. Let the Christmas season fill your heart with love, acceptance and forgiveness. 

Day 5: Photos for the ages. 

Every year I feel like my mom says, "I wish I would've taken more photos to remember that..." I do love being present in the moment and activity, but try to snap a few more pictures than usual, because it's a great way to remember this year from the next, and keeps those humorous, encouraging andsurreal moments alive for many many years. This photo below was snapped on Sunday and I can't get over Jack and his smile or outfit. It was Christmas Sunday at church for us (we don't have a Christmas Day worship - we celebrate our Christmas program on the Sunday before Christmas instead) and Jack was lookin' his best. I will cherish this photo forever. 

Day 4: Let Christmas be fun. 

I remember thinking before I had Jack, that I wanted to be a fun mom and experience life with my children. I know that experience will come in all shapes, styles and forms, and this year sledding was the form. It's snowed quite a bit around here, and the snow is great for sledding. So... We went sledding and played until Baby Jack had enough. When you play and create these integrated activities with mom/dad/child and others, the spirit of Christmas enhances and strengthen those family ties. 

Day 3: Wish others a Merry Christmas. 

Drop the last syllable of Christmas and we have the word, Christ. The words Merry Christmas highlight and emphasize the joy of this season as his birth, life and ministry are all to add merriment and joy of this season. So generously shout these words to the rooftops. 


DAY 2: Christmas-ing. 

It's one of my favorite things about Christmas, delivering goodies and gifts to dear friends and sometimes families who need a boost during this time of year. We felt the spirit of Christ while making the rounds today. It was lovely. Nothing was too extravagant or crazy, but we felt gratitude for our Savior, for all that we have and for our friends and family nearby.  

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