Christmas Time is Near!

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Can you believe it is almost Christmas already? Where did the time go? It seems like just a few weeks ago I was shopping and wrapping presents! And here I am doing it again. But I love it! I actually love to wrap my daughter’s presents because I cannot wait to see the look on her face when she opens the boxes. She believes only clothes come in boxes so I mix it up a little and put toys or stationary or jewelry in boxes. Then at least I know she will be excited to open all the boxes, even if it is just clothes! Do your kids do anything like this? 

Baking is one of my favorite things to do for the holiday season. I love making candy! This year I plan to made red velvet cake balls. Yum! I also hope to make some hard candy in cinnamon and peppermint. I love hard candy. I’m practically addicted! My granddaddy used to make Applesauce Cake every year. He got sick with cancer and passed away, but my grandma carried on the tradition until she passed away a few years ago. Christmas just is not the same without the Applesauce Cake. Christmas just is not the same without my grandparents. Do you have a certain cake or food that has been a family tradition? 

Christmas has always been so magical to me. Yes, even at my age I still find Christmas a magical time. For as long as I can remember my family has celebrated Christmas Eve by first going to my grandparents house and having dinner, then opening presents. After all the excitement there we head to my parent’s house for Christmas candy and cakes, then open more presents. We then head home to put the kids to bed so that we can wait patiently for Santa to come. Christmas morning we wake up and have breakfast and open our presents and the kids get to see what Santa brought them. Then we head to my other set of grandparent’s house where we have Christmas lunch. The kids have more presents waiting for them there! (You can imagine what my house looks like after Christmas!) After finally heading home exhausted, we have one more Christmas – my in-laws. After all the excitement I am more than exhausted! But I love all of it! What are your family traditions?

Of course while running around like crazy every year, I still take a moment to stop and remember why we celebrate this season – our Lord Jesus Christ. What do you do to make sure Jesus is remembered during this stressful time of year?

 

 

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True Love

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A couple of years ago my daughter found a kitten outside of our house. She bent down to her knees, put out her little hands and said “Come here kitty kitty.” The cat came right to her and has been with her ever since. His name: Catlitter. Original huh?

Catlitter and my daughter have been inseparable. He is an outside cat, which does not go over too well with my daughter. However, when you scratch my furniture and pee on my couch you will not live in my house. The sound of an opening door summons Catlitter to immediately tangle himself between your feet. He allows my daughter to pick him up and carry him around, no matter what position this might be in. He loves her so very much. No matter what she does to him, he is immediately forgiving and loves her unconditionally.

This made me think of God’s unconditional love for us. He is such a forgiving and loving Lord. He gave His only son so that we may have eternal life. Now that is true love!