Category Archives: Christmas

Preparing for the New Arrival

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In those last weeks leading up to the birth of a new baby, every expectant mother spends more than a bit of time preparing for the birth of her baby.  She’s nesting.  Cleaning and painting the nursery, picking out the perfect decorating theme for the room and stocking up on all of the necessities.  I won’t talk about all of those things that I considered necessary that no one else did.  My favorite part was buying all of the tiny clothes and, oh…those shoes!  Babies really don’t need shoes because obviously, they can’t walk, but it’s my weakness.  Tiny nail clippers, pacifiers, body lotions and butt-rash potions!  I loved it all, every single time because it was all a part of preparing to bring home my new son or daughter.   Like you,  I had spent the majority of my pregnancy day dreaming about what kind of person I thought my child would be.  Would he love science and technology or lean more towards the arts.  Would she be tall or short? Would his or her talent lie in his athletic prowess or was he or she to be a great thinker.  Yes, I got very deep even before I had given birth.

This time of year, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, my mind always wanders back to his mother, Mary.  The circumstances surrounding her pregnancy and His birth were extraordinary, but I think that she and Joseph were probably very ordinary people.  Ordinary people of extraordinary faith.  I wonder what was going through her mind as she and Joseph made their way to Bethlehem?  Was she apprehensive or nervous?  Was she looking forward to kissing her baby’s little feet and staring into his eyes?  Was she at all frightened?  If so, it would be understandable.  After all, in addition to the back aches, constantly full bladder and swollen feet, her child was to save His people from their sins.  As much as I  like to think that every child that I’ve given birth to is something special (and of course they are because they are mine), Mary’s child was indeed very  special.

I doubt that either Mary or Joseph had any idea just how the birth of their son would affect mankind.  Yes, the angel told her that he was to be the savior, but there is no way that they could have grasped the enormity of that in its totality.  It’s probably better that way because no mother would want to know the weight that her son would carry.   Even if it was all part of God’s plan.  Very little is written about Mary after the birth of Jesus so, we really don’t know much about how she and Joseph managed as they raised their son.   However, we do know that Mary was obedient and joyfully served the Lord.  We know that whatever fears that she may have had as an expectant first time mother, she put her trust in God and moved forward in Him.  Kind of awesome, huh?

On behalf of Big Poppa and the Crew, we wish you and all of your loved ones a very merry and blessed Christmas.♥

Finding My Christmas Spirit

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I’ve been having a hard time with the holidays this year.  Thanksgiving was nice but, very low-key. All of the food was there, but not nearly the same amount of enthusiasm on my part.  Now it’s on to Christmas and I’ve been feeling pretty much the same way in anticipation.  There are a couple of snowmen lying about, but no tree, no twinkling lights and no, no presents.  Don’t worry, I’ll get there, hopefully before Christmas Eve.  I guess the best way to describe how I’ve been feeling is like I’m disconnected from Christmas.  Like I’ve lost my focus. There is no joy in the anticipation of the next stress filled weeks trying to get packages sent, cookies made and hoping that I have picked out the perfect gift. I am not looking forward to hunting down that elusive “Beauty House” that Thing 2 wants. Does anyone out there even know what that is? Please, help me.

I don’t blog much about religion, yet I think that I have made no secret that I’m a Christian.  For those of you that aren’t, I can respect that, but I’m going to ask you to indulge me for a few moments.  I need to tell you about a conversation that I had with my two young daughters that had a profound impact on my bad case of Christmas Blues. And, it’s not just about the celebration of Christ’s birth, but also about how we, Christians, need to respond to others.

After school, Thing 1 told me about a friend of hers who believes in God, but not Jesus.  “Mom, he said that there is a God, but not Jesus.  Is that true?”

“No, that’s not true,” I responded.

“Then why would he say that?”

“Because some people have different beliefs and different religions.”

“Why?”

Why? Usually, I don’t like that question because it’s never-ending. However, this time I welcomed a deeper conversation because it gave me a chance to not only educate my children, but to sow seeds of love.  Notice I didn’t say to sow seeds of “tolerance”?  I don’t care for that whole “tolerance” campaign, but that’s another blog post for another time. Anyway, it was about that time when Thing 2 piped up and said that she has a friend whose mommy doesn’t love God.  “Yes,” I said “There are people who don’t believe in anything.  Not God and not Jesus. How do you feel about that?”

They thought for a moment then Thing 1 said “Sad. Like they’re missing something”

“Well, they may feel the same way about you. How did you respond to your friend?”

“Oh, I told him to read his Bible and it would tell him all about Jesus, but he didn’t even know what a Bible was. So, I told him that I’d bring mine tomorrow and read to him about Jesus.”

“Was he cool with that?”

“Yes.  Then we went and played on the monkey bars.”

They played together.  I’m fairly sure that if that had been an equivalent conversation between adults of different religions, it would not have ended with them playing together on the monkey bars.  I love the fact that she is confident enough in what she believes that she didn’t feel threatened or get defensive and she wanted to share it with someone else.

Just before bed I asked my girls if they thought it was okay to be friends with people of different religions and even people who don’t believe in God at all.  Thing 2 looked at me like I had three heads and said “Of course it is!  God is about love!  He loves everybody! So how can you love God and not play with everybody?!”  It’s amazing to me how children can see things so clearly that adults get screwed up all of the time.  No need for separation and isolation.  No denouncing or demonizing.  Just go forth respectfully and show some love.  I think I’m ready for Christmas now.

The Arrival

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December 1, 2013

Dear Mom,

Well,  it’s that time of year again and my job has got me back on the road.  I arrived this afternoon, ate some Thanksgiving left overs (They. Ate. All. Of. The. Pie.) and caught a quick nap. Now, I’m relaxing and listening to some smooth jazz that this cool cat is throwing down.  My good friend, Barbie, is letting me crash at her townhouse while I’m here.  Should be fun – that girl loves to party!  Not to worry, I know how to handle myself.

I don’t think anyone knows I’m here yet, which is good because I like to observe things before I get thrown into the holiday madness.  They seem like nice people, but total SLACKERS!  No tree, no Christmas towels, no pine scented candles…nothing! I’ll give them a couple of days to fix this before I report it to Santa. I hope we’re not headed to another Christmas of coal. The last time that happened I got really dirty, broke a nail and the kids tried to feed me to the dog.  Not good.  At least I got reassigned to a family that doesn’t have any pets.  Anyway, I’ll be in touch soon!

Love,

Snowflake

P.S.  Are you planning on making Peppermint Bark this year?  I sure would love it if you do.