It is Christmas Eve. It is the time of the year I love the most. For me, it isn’t so much about the presents as it is just being with my family and feeling the love we have for one another fill the room.
I have yet to attend a Christmas Eve Mass without crying. It’s true. Being in that moment with my family, celebrating the birth of Jesus is just so moving to me. I am so grateful for the blessings God has bestowed upon my family and me that it is overwhelming. (That reminds me that I need to place some tissues in my purse before we leave tonight).
Of course, giving my family gifts brings me great joy as well. Seeing the smiles on their faces as they open the packages and get those items that they really want warms my heart. I could care less if there were one present under the tree with my name on it. I truly mean that. There is so much joy in giving unto others. While my kids do love getting presents, they are just as excited when they see their siblings open those that they bought with their own money. They are thrilled when they watch mom and dad open the special gift they picked out just for us. I know that my children truly do understand that the Christmas season is about giving unto others.
In fact, my oldest daughter displayed this a few weeks ago. On Thanksgiving, she wanted to break the wishbone with her granny. She closed her eyes and made her wish. She pulled with all her might and ended up getting the larger piece. I asked her right away what she wished for and she told me that she wished all children could get a gift for Christmas and be happy. Being the sappy mom I am, I instantly had tears in my eyes. I always wonder if I am doing the right thing with my kids. Are they learning what I am trying to teach them? My nine year old proved this to me in that very moment. I will admit that I had one of those uber-proud-mom moments!
I share this with you to let you know that my entire family truly wishes all of you the Merriest Christmas. As you celebrate with your family and friends, we hope you have joy. If this is a difficult year due to losses or struggles, we wish you peace and comfort.
I also want to say thank you so very much for all of your support this year. Without all of you, I’d be writing posts for….well….myself I suppose! I am so grateful that you take the time to visit my site and share what you learn with your family and friends.
Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart. I truly wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!