What is the meaning of Christmas?
Christmas Eve we went to a candle light service, at our church and sang Christmas songs. It was so beautiful and really helps to put you in the Christmas Spirit. Abby sang and clapped the whole time.
Christmas morning we got up and Santa had come to our house and left some gifts under the tree. It was so cute watching Abby playing with her new gifts and seeing the girl’s light up with surprise with the things they received. This year was very different for Aubrey and Lizzy, since they both have jobs and bought presents for everyone. They really enjoyed shopping and giving to others.
Christmas afternoon we went to Aunt Barbs and Uncle Jerry’s, we do this every year and it has become a family tradition. It was a lot of fun seeing Abby walk back and forth and play with their dog Shelby. Since Abby is more mobile it was tons of fun seeing her with everyone. She actually stole the show, the little show off, in the video above with daddy. All of my children and their significant others were there also, so it was so nice being all together.
For me the meaning of Christmas above all things, is the birth of Jesus. But for many there are so many meanings, I couldn’t possibly list them all. I also think family and friends is so much a huge part of Christmas for me. Giving to others less fortunate is also, a part of the meaning of Christmas for me. To make someone else’s Christmas a joyous one, full of food, gifts, or whatever they need. This year the biggest gift that our family could receive or want is our new daughter Abby. A gift that can’t even fit under the Christmas tree, it is so amazing, that I don’t even have the words for it.
Every Christmas it seems like it comes before you are even ready and then is gone in a wink of an eye, so fast. You bake, shop, wrap and plan so much and then it’s gone. Every year the DeLongs have a Christmas get together after Christmas, so it’s nice that we still have that to look forward to. The closer we get to the New Year we start thinking about our lives and what we can change for the better. I encourage each of you, to look at your family, your kids, your grandchildren, your parents, and even your friends and grab them close and live your life like today could be your last. Tell them how much they mean to you, how proud you are of them, of all the good things. We have had a few people we know die expectantly and it just makes you realize what really is important, it’s not about how much you spent on the gifts, or how broke you are, being stressed or any of those things. It’s about life, love, joy, blessings, God and so much more.
“Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” Luke 2:28-32
More to come!