I have been known to sing Christmas music in August as I anticipate the coming winter. I love this holiday. I rarely get sucked into the commercialism of it all. The meaning and traditions surrounding this awesome holiday are what really make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The whole birth of Jesus thing still boggles my mind and I never get weary of pouring over this story every year, discovering new things each time. I love starting the year pondering this miracle in my heart, its so humbling. We all need a good humbling from time to time.
I’m very excited to start some traditions with the kiddos. The first thing I’d love to do with them is an advent calendar. Hopefully it will help us slow down each day to enjoy the season. The second thing Eddy and I’ve chatted about doing is Shepard’s Pouches. With these each of the kids have a pouch that they put money into throughout the month of December and then we decide as a family who we are going to give it to. On Christmas Eve the kids would lay their pouches in front of the manger as a birthday present for Jesus along with Mom and Dad’s gift. Then in the morning the kids would find a little something inside their pouches as a thank you. I think this is so neat. I love the idea of reaching out to others especially during the holidays and what a great way for the kids to learn about helping others, too. Anywho, these weren’t my original ideas, I got them from a book called, Treasuring God in our Traditions, by Noel Piper. Excellent book for any family.