A Very Merry Christmas

Did you have a merry Christmas? I hope so! We recently returned from a ten-hour trip to Pennsylvania where we celebrated Christmas with the rest of my family and had a ton of fun. We arrived late Thursday, ate dinner with our Grandma, and enjoyed lots of cuddles.

The next morning, my younger cousins came over. They are so sweet and adorable. It was my first time to meet my baby cousin, Danny. Later, my older cousins joined us for dinner. About half an hour after they arrived, Ethan, one of my older cousins, invited us to explore the woods at the end of my grandma’s yard. We excitedly agreed and decided to play survival! What do you need first? A shelter, of course. My sister helped collect sticks to place over a fallen, y-shaped tree trunk. We hated coming inside for dinner! Afterwards, we rummaged around in Grandma’s basement only to discover two longbows. My cousin took one home (with Grandma’s permission), and my brother kept the other. Saturday, we placed bark on top of the twigs and branches, to protect against rain. Next, I found a long stick and cleared all the wet leaves out from under the shelter. While I did this, the boys created arrows out of sticks for their longbows.

Then it was Sunday, Christmas day! Before heading off to church, we opened our presents from Grandma, and she opened her present from me. Among other things, I received a silver bracelet with the engraving, ” One day at a time.” A good reminder for me, who loves to rush and plan. How did Grandma know? She also gave me American Girl Lea Clark’s sloth, which I wanted the most for Christmas! Then, Monday, the rest of my family gave me an AG (American Girl) Celebration kit, three sets of earrings, a biography about E. B. White, a box of Russel Stover candy, and two gel pens. I am so blessed to have such a great family!

But, I received the best gift in the whole world, just six years ago. Salvation. The baby in the manger is the real reason for Christmas. It’s not all about presents, or Christmas trees, or clean houses that visiting relatives are going to admire (hint, hint, Mom). It’s about Jesus and what He came to do for us.