Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Christmas Past

I remember the anticipation, lying in bed looking at my miniature Christmas tree in my room.  I didn't ever feel like I was going to be able to fall asleep.  The excitement... I wondered if I would hear Santa's sleigh.

Before I knew it it was morning, still dark in my room.  What time was it?  I didn't have a clock in my room so had no way of knowing.  Could I get up yet?  Was it still night?  What if Santa was still there?  If he was and I saw him would he take away my presents?

That fear kept me in bed a little longer, my eyes tightly shut as I dare not see a peak of him, I couldn't risk him taking away my presents.

In one week my children will be going to bed, similar excitement, maybe even similar thoughts going through their heads.

Eric and I will put on a cheesy Christmas movie and wrap presents all night long, always wondering why we don't just wrap them sooner, but it's tradition.

That excitement, that joy, it is all so wonderful and almost intoxicating... but it doesn't last.

In a little over a week it will all be over for another year.  The presents unwrapped, piles of paper and boxes to be thrown away, Christmas decorations that need to be put away.

But there is something about the season that can last.. the true meaning, what it is all really about.

A gift so great that it has changed everything.  A gift that we don't just get and shouldn't just think about at Christmas.

I present to you, the true Gift of Christmas.   #SharetheGift

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  1. This reminds me of one of my favorite Christmas quotes. It's by Charles Dickens from A Christmas carol - 'I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.' That's what we put on our Christmas cards this year! :) Enjoy the last week before Christmas!

  2. What a lovely video! My boys are so excited for Christmas. I love that they know it's not just about the gifts.

  3. Merry Christmas! I never tire of that! So beautiful and wonderful. The excitement is fun too!

  4. I saw this elsewhere recently. So beautiful!

  5. Until I decided I wanted to start waking up Christmas morning at my own house, my mom and I used to have the tradition of wrapping presents together on Christmas Eve while watching It's a Wonderful Life. I miss that tradition.

  6. You're right on all accounts of this post! From the true meaning that lives on to the joy that the presents bring and then it's all over. I got goosebumps reading this (so don't worry I slowed down the geese. ha!)

  7. Oh I love your memory of Christmas as a kid, I felt the same way.

  8. My boys have really been embracing the season...of course the presents but also the real reason which has been so awesome to watch!