Of course Christmas was as wonderful as I expected. And it started early in December when we went to a Christmas production starring our two oldest grandchildren, Kinley and Knox.
The night before Christmas, the three oldest grandchildren led our annual reading of the Luke 2 story of Jesus’ birth. Even Finn, the first grader, took a turn and did an excellent job. Sharing our love of the Bible with our family always centers us and gives us a better perspective than the next day would bring.
We got our usual picture on the stairs as the children came down on our “Christmas morning.” At our house, that’s whatever day everyone can be there. All of our children and grandchildren spend the night and we approximate what we always did with our children when they were young. We make it clear to the children that the stockings they get at our house are filled by us—not Santa.
We go youngest to oldest, finding our stocking loot. Then we take a break from our conspicuous consumption to fix breakfast for all. We all pitch in to help while the little ones play with their stocking toys and the older children distribute the gifts that were under the tree. This year our fruit was in the form of a yogurt parfait and after that we had baked stuffed French toast that had a yummy cranberry filling.
Then back to the living room to open the gifts. What a haul! We had lots of laughter and even a few tears.
Gifts we gave ranged from a baby doll for the almost-2 granddaughter to a vintage Knox hat in its original box to Pokémon cards to a Galaxy tablet for the 15-year-old granddaughter.
Everyone seemed delighted with what they received. I certainly was!
The most unusual gift we received was tickets to the Kentucky Derby in May. All four of our children will go with us and we’ll enjoy two days—the Oaks on Friday, May 5, and the Derby on Saturday, May 6. What a marvelous event to look forward to! We’ve never been. Any suggestions about what hat I should wear?
The most unusual gift we gave, I think, was new connectors for our son-in-law’s outdoor faucets. It was his request and will be most useful to stop the drips and leaks. Most was typical clothes, games, and jigsaw puzzles. Each family got a puzzle: I gave one to each family and I received one that was of our family! I’ve already put it together and it was such fun.
Our Christmas dinner was fun and delicious, featuring Steve’s smoked brisket. Then we played games and finally were off to bed. (This reminds me that I never let my students write a “bed to bed” story, but I guess I did it myself this time!)
The next morning we enjoyed the live nativity (except for the people) at the Krohn Conservatory. We loved the animals and the distinctive smell of the stable. And best, of all, we enjoyed it and then lunch together. An excellent end to a wonderful family Christmas!
But there was more. On Christmas Sunday, both of our youngest grandchildren participated in the Christmas program featuring the children of our church.
Landry held her doll while we sang “Away in a Manger,” and Finn read a portion of Luke 2 in front of the congregation. The entire service was inspiring! The participants—all children who are part of our church family—went from adorable to sophisticated and all did a great job of presenting the story of the birth of Jesus.
Praise God for the gift of His Son and the salvation He brought to the world!