gift giving

Dec 24, 2009

I love giving people gifts, not just at Christmas, but all the time. I love finding or better yet, making, the perfect something for someone I love. This year has been full of that for me. I have loved getting ready for Christmas this year.

The pencil-roll project set the tone for the season perfectly. Giving of my heart, time, money, and skills for complete strangers really felt like I was giving God a gift. I was using what He has given me to bless other people and it felt wonderful.

This month we have been reading The Book of Mormon for at least 30 minutes a day and often over an hour. It has definitely brought our minds to Christ and has forced us to slow down and make time for scriptures. We have also been reading Christmas books, singing carols & hymns, and spending lots of time together each night. Some nights have been pure chaos, some nights have been full of contention, but most nights have been full of family love, lots of snuggles, a bit of giggling and some yummy snacks to share while we are reading.

I have been busy making things for my children and friends – all people that I adore – and it has been SO wonderful to sit and create things that I know will be really loved! I will try to take some pictures today so you can see how cute everything is turning out.

Today the children and I are cleaning up the kitchen (which has LOTS of dirty dishes and sticky stuff on the floor) and then making sugar cookies with my mother’s delicious cream cheese frosting. Tonight we will have Christmas Eve dinner by candlelight, read the story of Jesus’ birth in both Luke 2 and 3 Nephi, and sing Silent Night with each of us holding a candle. I love our Christmas Eve traditions!

I hope your Christmas is full of peace, full of love, and full of joy.

God Bless Us Everyone!

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