I'm probably not the only one, but Christmas is my favourite time of year. I've been listening to Christmas music since December hit. How can you be in a bad mood listening to Christmas music? Our living room looks like the North Pole opened up and puked lights and decorations and presents everywhere. Of course, having an eight year old is really the only encouragement you need to make every Christmas the best Christmas ever.
I'm sure this will be remembered as the last year that Q believed in Santa. He's already starting to debate the logistics of Santa...thinking it impossible rather than magical. I love his innocence. I love his ability to believe in something that is just so completely, well...impossible. He's been asking questions lately, though, that tell me his innocence in *this* category is slowly fading.
"Why didn't the dog bark last year when Santa delivered presents? She barks at everything?"
"It's impossible for Santa to deliver to every child in the whole world in one night."
"The Norad Santa Tracker is so fake. They said he was in Vancouver, but the news said he was in Winnipeg." (Geez, multimedia...get your stories straight please...)
It reminds me of my best friend's son who said when he was about this age, "Mommy, I'm pretty sure Santa doesn't exist, but could we just pretend for one more year..."
This was also the first year there were no toys under the tree. I mean, don't get me wrong, there werent just books and clothes and underwear, but there weren't any Legos or Hot Wheels or Stuffed Animals. There were movies and video games and sports equipment and an iPod. It's the end of an era, really.
Hopefully the end of a cluttered, trip-over-wayward-toy, why-is-that-toy-so-noisy era...
So today, I will leave you with some amazing words from some amazing Christmas carols. We sing them so often by memory, how often do we stop to think of their meaning?
Joy to the world
The Lord has come.
Let Earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
A thrill of hope
A weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks
a new and glorious morn
With so many horrible events taking place in our world lately, I'd say we are desperately weary, all looking for a reason to rejoice.
Merry Christmas from our home to yours!!