We love Christmas and everything it entails. We get to spend a whole month as family, friends and community celebrating our Lord and Saviors birth. We know that He is God's greatest gift to us, and that all of our greatest gifts come through Christ our Lord and Redeemer. He suffered every affliction so that we may live with him again and be a forever family. This time of year simply, but powerfully brings us closer together and allows us to reflect again upon the Savior's perfect example. We love the peaceful heartwarming feelings we feel. It is the time we become less selfish and more generous, giving warm smiles, hugs and well wishes to all. We think and attend to others in small but special ways. We are a little more kind, loving, and giving. There is laughter, music, well prepared homemade meals, baked goodies and gift exchanges. We count our blessings and witness miracles. It is a time to carry on our old family traditions and begin new ones for our own family. We are filled to the brim with gratitude and take as many opportunities as possible to gather together with family and friends. The decor and beautiful lights remind us of the one true Light of The World, Jesus Christ.
I love the color red, especially this time of year.
My sister Lisa, was able to spend the Christmas holiday with us and it was a real treat having her here. She and I baked, cooked, gift wrapped, talked, laughed, cried, shopped till we dropped, played with the kids, and gabbed on the phone together with family and friends. I hope that she will come back soon because we had so much fun. It is our hope to never be away from each other for the holidays. Words cannot express my appreciation for all of her help with everything. Christmas would not have been the same or possible without her. The boys keep saying, "We have two moms!" Everytime we read scriptures and say family prayers instead of wanting to cuddle up next to me, they want to snuggle with Lisa!
Shane and I enjoyed a Christmas Eve lunch together.
Mom and Dad sent a few special presents early on... We were able to enjoy these gifts before Christmas: a darling little red Christmas dress for Aleah which we LOVE, a Christmas carosaul we all treasure, and a new wolfgang puck breadmaker & recipes which we have savored!