The Christmas spirit has been shining brightly in our family. Here is a glimpse of what we have been up to the past few weeks….via ways to define Christmas.
First and foremost, receiving the most precious and sacred gift God could give, his son, Jesus Christ.
Wishing family and friends both near and far a Merry Christmas.
May the spirit of Christmas be with you now and all year long. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my family to yours
Old and New Traditions…
A newer tradition that was started a few years ago is all the cousins get together at my grandfather’s house and have pizza, pop, dessert, and decorate his house for Christmas. It is loads of fun and I love the fact that my children get to participate too.
It is a tradition in our family since I can remember to go to the evening Mass at Rosary Cathedral on the 24th (it is absolutely breathtaking…and it is where my husband and I wed), we then go back to my parents’ house for amazing appetizers and Lasagna from Spaghetti Warehouse, the night continues with Christmas carols, my dad reciting Twas the Night Before Christmas, a surprise visit from Santa Claus, and exchanging of gifts.
Giving selfless service to those less fortunate….
We brought in cookies to be decorated and sang carols with residents at Little Sisters of the Poor. We had such a wonderful time.
We also joined our playgroup and served lunch and helped kiddos decorate cookies at Beach House Family Shelter. Cookies were clearly our theme this year. Lol!
Joy with family….
I treasure those moments with family…whether we are crying or laughing, or laughing till we cry the time is so precious.
Christmas caroling with friends and spreading Christmas cheer….
I had a gathering at my place for the moms in our playgroup. The only requirement was they had to relax…there was a massage therapist on hand. Everyone got massages; we played a game, had some wine, chatted, and even went Christmas caroling.
A surprise gift of service…..
The morning after we decorated cookies and sang Christmas carols at Little Sisters’ of the Poor the children must have been pleasantly surprised at how elated the soul feels when serving others. They surprised my husband and me with breakfast in bed. The big smiles on their faces and the way their eyes lit up with excitement to give us the breakfast they prepared was so endearing and adorable.
The act of giving…
I was so concerned about our eldest daughter losing the magic of believing in Santa Clause that I lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas. Ah, but she didn’t nor did her brother or sister. I had taken them shopping at the Dollar Tree (it is within their budget) for gifts for their grandparents and aunt and uncle. Then they wrapped their own gifts. And on Christmas Eve they were actually more excited about giving their gifts then receiving their one “special” gift from Santa Claus. My heart absolutely melted when they exerted as much, if not more, enthusiasm handing their grandparent their gifts that they bought and wrapped for them than they did to see Santa. The pure joy brought a tear to my eye.
Taking time to remember and pray for the souls who are no longer with us…..
This Christmas was particularly more difficult and emotional for some members of the family. After we opened Christmas gifts at my in-laws Christmas day we headed to the hospital to visit my husband’s grandfather. He had been in the hospital for the past two weeks. It had been an exhausting, confusing, and emotional two weeks for my husband’s uncle and mother. It was one of those situations where you wish you could do something, anything, to help ease their worries, their pain. That was the last time we saw grandpa. He passed away Christmas night. We will treasure the time we had and the memories we made, and pray that he has found peace.
How was your Christmas Day? How do you define Christmas? Do you have any special family traditions?