What an amazing Christmas it was this year!!
We've always enjoyed Christmas - for us it is the celebration of our Lord and our Savior. I'm constantly overwhelmed by the thought that my savior came to us as a helpless baby. Now that we have a two-year-old in our house, the thought is even more amazing. I often wonder if Christ talked early, didn't listen to his mommy, and played fun imagination games like "train" using two empty boxes and a ton of little toy "guys." Having a child has taught me SO MUCH about our Savior and my relationship with him. Every day there are lessons to be learned from this little one.
Jayden certainly understood the aspects of Christmas this year. He wanted to read all the Christmas stories we have - Mary and Jesus, The Legend of the Candy Cane, The Legend of the Christmas Tree, and The Night Before Christmas. He understood (from school and us) that Christmas was baby Jesus birthday and wanted to sing "Happy birthday" to Jesus. It was pure delight to watch him comprehend.
Our season was smaller and quieter than in past years, as I'm certain it was for everyone this year. But in the slower pace, and without all the "present" trappings, it was a much more contemplative and peaceful time of year this year. It felt far less crazy and far less stressful. More, I'm absolutely sure, of what God wants for us...peace, generosity of spirit, and love.
There is always a cookie party to start off our Christmas Season, but this year I spent the time enjoying my company instead of taking pictures..so..there are no shots of it this year. It was grand and happy and the perfect start to our season.
Then we attended the Christmas Program at Evangel Christian Academy where Jay goes to school. The little ones sat at their table and sang Jingle Bells and one other "bells" song with little jingle bells strapped to their wrists...it was the cutest thing ever. Our boy is VERY familiar with Jingle Bells, as him and Grandma sing the song multiple times a day during the Holiday Season.
Like most parents in America, we were up late, late, late on Christmas eve. I had to take a picture of our beautiful tree with its surrounding presents. It was so peaceful and so quiet...just a beatiful moment - my special moment.
Another aspect of a child who "gets" Christmas, Jay really understood this year that he was supposed to unwrap the presents. He took great joy in tearing the paper off of his own presents and ours too.
When we got to Grandma and Grandpa's house for Christmas dinner, there was a brand new Jayeden-sized bouncy castle in the play room. He was so excited!!
One of the funnest things he got at Grandmas was a sing-along-book. Its a book with a little music box and microphone attached. Does anyone think he looks like mama here? hee hee!
Grandma and Grandpa K sent a wonderful workbench with tools to Jay. He LOVES this toy...it has so many parts, all ripe for his imagination. We've found him many times turning a piece of this set over and over in his hands trying to figure out what its used for.
It was an amazing season and we are looking very forward to 2009. We see lots of change for us on the horizon and are looking forward to what is to come.
Happy New Year and Peace, ya'll!