I finally uploaded some pics of our Christmas season, so while many are posting their New Year’s Resolutions and/or plans for a better 2010, I will be looking at Christmas Past!
I mentioned in an earlier post that we had our annual “Family Sing” at church – so we did! This was when we sang “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming”, which is one of my favorites, but with our dwindling family, we didn’t feel we did the song justice.
This precious young lady from our church won Fourth in her division in the National Bible Bee by memorizing close to 2000 Scripture verses (and the “addresses” of each). She gave us a sampling of her work by quoting random Scriptures for about 20 minutes. She has a desire to memorize the entire Bible!
Since Pamela and Will were with us the Sunday after the Family Sing, we asked if we could sing that day – and they let us! This time we sang “Who is He in Yonder Stall”, which is another of our favorites, and it really sounded so much better with some of the missing parts there! We had been asked to sing at my sister’s church that evening, which is always a joy. Gen, Karla, and Missy sang with us that time. The sound gets even better!
Moving along to Christmas Eve…
Growing up in our family, we always opened gifts from each other on Christmas Eve, then had “Santa Claus” on Christmas morning. Although Bill and I were very careful to explain the real story of St. Nicholas, and that there really was no jolly old elf in a red suit, we did decide to play the game of Santa just for the fun of it. So, even at 23 and 25, my girls expect Santa to come calling on Christmas night. So the girls and Will all spent the night with us Christmas Eve and we opened our personal gifts then.
Bo and Emily sent their gifts by mail, and we had SUCH a good time opening them! Emily had made cards for each package that pertained to the enclosed gift. It was really cool because since she is in Loss Prevention, all her cards began “To prevent the loss of…” Mine said “To prevent the loss of HEAT (because you need all the help you can get! Inside were a beautiful red shawl/wrap and gloves, and the movie “New In Town”, in preparation for my trip next week to Minnesota! (More about that next time!) Dannye’s tag said “To prevent the loss of Style (as if THAT could ever happen!) She received the most gorgeous jewelry!! Bill’s tag read, “To prevent the loss of energy”, and he was really glad to receive a container of Spark, a healthy energy supplement that Emily got him hooked on!
“Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go,” was true for the Davises and Allens this year – this is our local creek out of it’s banks Christmas morning, which is right in the path to Mama’s.
Bill went to check it out before they drove all that way only to find it impassable. It was pretty high, and having to go around the other way adds about 30 minutes to the trip that is normally only 20 minutes! Bill’s pickup will drive through deeper water than some of our other vehicles, of course, so some came through it, others went around it.
Santa had been there Christmas mirning when we all got up, but I don’t have photos of that – I told Bill a long time ago that no one needs to see me that early in the morning!
Christmas Day we waited for Dave to get home from work, then read the Christmas story. Dannye and Pamela quoted with me as I read, and Missy remembered quite a bit as well. I was blessed so much to hear my Mama quoting along with us. There is simply something beautiful about hearing your 81 year old Mother quoting Scripture, especially when she can’t remember so many other parts of her past.
Our precious Daddy smiling over a gift he will probably rarely use, but is always so grateful for the thoughts and love put into the giving. Daddy shows gratefulness better than just about anyone I know.
My sweet brother Dave – the kids call him “Kunkel Daze”, stemming from one of their mispronunciations in the past. Pamela and Dannye Reigh made him some wonderful cookies – and he didn’t share, either!!
Christmas Dinner – all the young adults sat in the living room. I don’t know why Pam and Will aren’t in this one – maybe they are still filling their plates. Dannye is up front, then Amy and Michael (Jeanne’s son and daughter-in-law), and at the back table are Missy and Kenny (Dave and Karla’s kids). We are so blessed by our children. And we missed Bo, Emily and Arulai all the more as we sat down to eat! Family meals are precious fellowship time!
Well, since this post is already quite long, I will save the rest of the Christmas festivities for the next one. I will try to post it before the weekend – we’ll have to see if that actually happens!
God bless your day!