Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I'll Be Home for Christmas

When we were little, my parents used to tell us that they convinced Santa to bring our presents early because we had to go to grandma's in the morning. When I was old enough to drive, I would take my brother and sister to the town nearby on Christmas Eve to purchase carrots* for Rudolph and his friends, and every.single.year. when we arrived home, Santa had already been to our house! On Christmas Eve! We always missed him!

Santa must have known we were going to be busy this year, because he already stopped by. And rumor has it, he told my mom I've been a very good girl this year.

My mom's Christmas tree is full of old ornaments and love. Yes, a Christmas tree can hold love. Love and memories and family.

"Christmas - that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance - a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved." ~Augusta E. Rundel

For the year we put behind us, I am thankful. I've been happy, and I've been sad. I've been overwhelmed with love and kindness and the friendship of strangers. I've learned things about myself that I'm glad I know, and I've learned things about myself that require a bit of work in the coming year(s). We've loved and we've lost, but we've gained! We've gained Faith and Hope and Love and Trust!

For, we've always had Joy. The Joy that so many only reflect on at this time of year, when it is safe to proclaim that Jesus came to save the world! But I hope that we, that I, will never need a holiday or a season to proclaim that My Joy comes from knowing My Jesus.

Merry Christmas, friends.


Natalie (& Aaron)

{My mom did not buy a defective ornament, there really is an "h" there.}

*{Mom, did you use those carrots, or were they just a prop?}


Chasing a Miracle said...

and merry christmas to you... beautiful memories are the heart of christmas.

God bless you and your family.

xoxox 100daysofivf

Bacardi Mama said...

Merry Christmas Natalie! I also believe that a tree can hold love and memories. Ours certainly does. Have a wonderful holiday.

Michele said...

Merry Christmas :)

~love said...

merry christmas, natalie!! hope you had a wonderful day!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I hope you've had the best Christmas!


*Lissa* said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2010 brings many wonderful opportunities for you!