“It came without ribbons.
It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags. ...
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
That’s what I quoted after our Christmas morning to myself with a bit of a chuckle. I must admit, I was almost as surprised as the Grinch in Dr. Seuss’ tale. You see, we decided earlier in the year to have a Christmas vacation instead of Christmas presents. We went to Wilderness at the Smokies in Tennessee and we had a blast. It was a wonderful time with our family. We even got to stop to see more family on the way home. The kiddos went sledding in the ....leaves and did a bit of swinging. Great fun!
I still worried how well my smaller ones would do when they woke up Christmas morning and just had the things they bought or made one another. Every year I remind them it’s not about the tree, the gifts, etc…it’s all about Jesus. Once again I found myself preaching to me.
Christmas morning came. The kiddos were great. They talked about where we would go next year. CrAzY!! It was the most relaxed Christmas ever. We enjoyed breakfast and lunch together with my daughter Cindy’s family. It was a wonderful Christmas!!
Unfortunately, my Uncle Wally passed away during this Christmas season. My Dad picked me up Tuesday and took me to my Uncle Billy & Aunt Alice’s home in Duluth, GA and we rode together up to my Aunt Sara’s home in Ringgold, GA. It was a sad time, but I must admit I loved the time I got to spend with my Dad and his family. I loved hearing their stories.
Hoping your Christmas was merry. Happy New Year to you all!