One thing that I love about the season surrounding Christmas is that it makes me see things that it seems at other times I don’t notice and appreciate as much. It’s not that I don’t notice and appreciate my family rather it’s just I notice my love and appreciate it more right now. I never have been less impressed with the things commercialism offer any less than now either. I attribute this directly to God. I don’t think I can work up a single good thing on my own…if it’s good it’s from God. Simple things fill me with delight. A chance to show some kindness to someone else…what a treasure! A chance to sing the songs of the season with those I love…it’s really a wonderful thing! They say commercialism ruins Christmas…I say only if you let it. I’m doing all I can to pass on the reason and love of the season on to my children.
I’ve been really tied up and unable to take as many pictures as I’d like but I have a few for you today. These things aren’t really my favorite on their own but they represent what I love. Good times putting up things for Christmas together and loving each other…that’s what I love! Here’s another little ornament we found in Ghana. This has so many wonderful memories. The fulfillment of the dream I always had of bringing my family to the first time place I went abroad as a missionary when I was eighteen years old. This globe ornament represents the love we’ve had for the world and the places we’ve been. We also have some ornaments on the tree upstairs that shows our particular love for Asia. Travel to Asia has forever changed our lives…I met my wife there. I have been forever shaped but the things I’ve seen there remain eternally grateful to God for the opportunities I’ve had to visit several countries there. This ornament is a lighter thing really. I think most know I love music very much and love my i-Touch as well. Each year we take these little elves and put them around the ornament we like…well, here’s mine. Lovely and I found a sale and got this new nutcracker…last one and he was in the back of the rest…that must mean he’s a good one right? I decided to show case these snow men though they are technically not nutcrackers…I like the diversity they add to our collection. Last but not least this is one other one we found this year…I think he’s got character…it was fun to find and I think he’s pretty unique….Want a cupcake…low calorie, high fiber! LOL!