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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always anticipated Christmas with eager expectation, waiting (not so patiently) for the day to arrive!

It was SUCH an exciting time of year that I would look forward to for weeks. A time full of family, friends, traditions, special meals, singing songs, doing puzzles, playing games, going sledding, and spending time with those near and dear to me. And I still look forward to it.  .A LOT!

Some memories this Christmas:


Delicious food



Fun presents!



It's started to become a tradition that we get a new game every year. This was not the game we received this year, but it is still a favorite.

Games



One thing we do every year at Christmas is puzzles. But this is no ordinary puzzle experience with one or two people putting in a piece here or there. Oh no, it is a process of some sorting the puzzle pieces and then rearranging them and grouping them, and others just grabbing random puzzles pieces and trying to fit them together.

Eventually the puzzle begins to take shape and is surrounded by people reaching here and there and over top and underneath  to try and fit a piece in. And then, it's down to the last scramble as the final pieces are fitted in and voila the puzzle is finished! - so much fun!

Puzzles


And yet to me Christmas has so much more depth than just creating memories and celebrating traditions with family.

Amidst lots of laughter and spending time doing fun things with family and friends, it is a time of year to be still and remember what happened that first Christmas, a time to contemplate Emmanuel - God with us. 


~The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.~ John 1:14


That Christ came and dwelt among us to be our Redeemer and the Saviour of the world.


~For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor,Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.~ Isaiah 9:6


Definitely something to rejoice about!!





Soaking in the moments and enjoying now, yet anticipating the future with hope and joy and peace




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