So, Linn over at A Place Called Simplicity has invited her readers (and their readers) into her house for Christmas and I am a sucker (excuse the expression) for the different ways people celebrate Christmas. I think it is thee ABSOLUTE most beautiful, wondrous and blessed time of year. Here is a peek into our Christmas eve and Christmas day.
We made sugar cookies, sugar cookie balls, chocolate chip cookies, chex mix, carameled chex mix, muddy buddy chex mix (chocolate) and banana bread
|Sassy, Mama's little elf|
|Opening the 24th day of 25 days of Christmas present|
|Ever After High Dolls - Apple White and Madeline Hatter|
|On our way to family's house for Christmas Brunch|
|Elsa - Sassy's gift from Auntie|
|Ana - Breezy's gift from Auntie|
|Hugs by the Christmas Tree|
I am so thankful that they love each other so very much
(7 large and heavily frosted)
Christmas cookies and milk
They also saluted and kissed Kipper (our elf on the shelf) goodnight and goodbye for the last time until next year
There were tears
It was very emotional
|Mr. P posing in front of the Christmas Tree|
|The tree Christmas Morning|
|Opening their stockings with care|
in front of a faux fire
(see it on the TV in the background haha)
|Opening Santa's (huge)|
gifts with not so much care
|Chief's face warmer beanie|
|Emma's Christmas Bling|
Doesn't she just look stunning?!
|Mr. P in his suit and tie|
|Sassy's Santa Gift|
Doc McStuffins Doc McStuffins - come on let the visit begin, the doc is in
|Breezy's Santa Gift|
She wanted a kitchen because she is mama's little sous chef
And there is nothing she enjoys more than mixing and stirring and chopping and serving
|Momo and Papa's house|
(with auntie C and great auntie J, Great Uncle E & honorary Uncle K)
|Girls, Yizzl, Nana and Great Auntie J|
Our Christmas Eve was spent playing Bunco with family. Even my little chicklets joined in. It was awesome and warm and beautiful with so much joy and laughter.
There was a very tender and sad moment when Sassy looked at her cousin who was laughing with my uncle (my cousin's dad) and asked why she got to live with her daddy?
My heart clenches and tears well in my eyes just thinking about it.
How do you explain to a beautiful, innocent heart of a 5 year old that her daddy isn't following the rules?
That it isn't safe?
And how do you explain that on Christmas eve?
The answer is, you don't.
The answer is you hug the child and you tell them how much they are loved by everyone that surrounds them and by their daddy who isn't present in body but is present in her heart.
On a slightly more somber tone the rest of the night was spent holding my babies.
Loving on them and praying that God would touch their tender little hearts
so that the pain of paternal absence would lessen
And THAT is what Christmas is about
Being there for the ones you love
When they are hurting
And showing them through your love for them how much God loves them
Which is why He sent his son
AND JESUS LOVES THEM INFINITELY
And is ALWAYS with them
WHICH IS BETTER THAN ANY EARTHLY FATHER'S LOVE OR PRESENCE
|Love to all|
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
May 2014 bring you all the peace, love, prosperity that God has intended for you