I've always loved Christmas. And I totally love the Gift Giving Part. Looking back, I realize some of my greatest years were when the children were tiny, which makes me know that my focus was a bit off. I was enjoying the thrill of excited little faces perhaps more than the birth of the Christ Child. So when the children grew up, the glamor faded. It became exciting again when the grand babies came along. Now, it is time to re-evaluate and consider the best way to celebrate the birth of Christ. (Photo: Bonnie, Jean and Buddy about 1950.)
Christ's birth is a coming of promise, hope and a revolutionary love. However, Christmas has become a time of commercialization, extravagance, going into debt, major stress, and even for some a time for regret or a season to be depressed.
When our children were little, I think we began to give our children the things we never had ... only to see them bored and toys broken before dinner time. It left a bit of an empty feeling and a disgust that children can be so ungrateful, or have such little imagination. IS IT POSSIBLE TO MAKE CHRISTMAS A LIFE CHANGING EVENT AGAIN?
adventconspiracy.org and a booklet passed out at Asbury Methodist Church. The thought is to give the gift of TIME. Spend time with those you love. Time to make a gift that turns into the next family heirloom. Or time to play with the children or bake a special cookie recipe together and sing old Christmas songs. Give a gift to someone who has nothing and has a need. Give less gifts this year. (Photo 1994: Sommer, Jennifer, Joel, Jenny Lynn, Jean & Kevin.)
(Photo 1988 Joel, Jenny Lynn, Jean Sommer, Kevin)