After doing the Santa pictures on the last post, I wanted to counter them with a picture of something that really touched me. Cambelle and I were home alone the other day, setting up Christmas decorations and talking about every single one as we put it up for display. When it came to the Fisher Price Little People Nativity, I let her set it up by herself. I told her which shelf to put it on and told her to display them the way they think they should be. This is what I saw when she was done.
When I asked her about it, she said, "those wise men went so far to see Baby Jesus that I think they want to look at him and nothing else". I have to agree with her. I love how she already "gets it". Something similar happened a few years back when we were hanging our ornaments on the tree and when we were done, I realized that Tyler had faced all his ornaments facing the tree. When I told him that we couldn't see any of their faces, he replied, "Well, they want to look at the pretty tree too!!!". Now, I don't tell them which way to face the ornaments on the tree.
For Activity Days last week, I had them write their names on a paper and then we wrapped it and put it under our trees as the gift to Jesus. I talked to them about giving themselves to Jesus for Christmas. One of the best presents we can give to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is ourselves. If we all try just a little harder everyday to be a better person, I think that would be the best present ever. A few days after that activity, I was talking about presents and Cambelle piped up, "Remember mom? We're giving ourselves to Jesus!!! That the kind of present that is really important". It took me by surprise, but ohhhhh how proud I was of her. I hope my kids understand why we celebrate this wonderful holiday. The gifts are fun, but the reason for the holiday is so much more then that.