Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A laid back Christmas

In past years we've decorated not only the Christmas tree but also the boys bedroom and other rooms, this year we're not really feeling it. 

Last year we had a two foot Christmas tree to which we added a decoration each day of the advent. This year we're two days into the advent season and haven't done a thing. I'm thinkin' this year we'll skip it.

This year we have the biggest Christmas tree we've ever had, but minutes after we turned our lights on the middle section went out leaving us to simply shrug. Our big ol' tree won't stand straight so it's leaning over with some books at the base of the stand to hold it steady.

All of these imperfection are okay as perfection isn't our goal.  The traditions and celebrations of each year may change but there are some absolutes. 

Such as reading our Christmas books. This year we added a new one to our collection called, "God gave us Christmas". It's a really good book about a polar bear cub learning the everything is a gift from God, but the greatest gift was Jesus. 

We try to not only tell the boys that Christmas is all about giving but we try to let the boys give.  Last year we did this with our advent calander some days giving to friends, singing to God of even finding a stranger to give to.  One way we are giving this year is by not filling up our stockings a choice we all made as a family.  Instead we're using the money to buy animals for families that have no money in other parts of the world.  If you're interested check out World visions online gift catalog by clicking here.

Gift Catalog - Give a gift.  Change a life.
Photo taken from World Vision online gift catalog.

I kind of like that each year is different.  It keeps us focused on Jesus and giving rather then on perfecting family traditions.

Remember His covenant forever, the word which He command to a thousand generations.  The covenant which he made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac.
~ 1 Chronicles 16:15 & 16

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