December; the most wonderful time of the year!
My list of things for which I am grateful during this month runs rich and deep, with many celebrations, traditions, and so much love.
My family started the month with our tradition of building Gingerbread Houses. My daughter, husband, and I helped the grandkids decorate their very own houses with every kind of gumdrop and goody we could find, while their Mommy and Daddy went on a dinner date together. All of the kids’ houses were their own unique designs, and they all looked beautiful. Even the youngest one joined in this year, but I think he may have done more eating than decorating.
After we cleaned up our mess from the Gingerbread Houses, the grandkids decorated the table, all by themselves, to surprise their Daddy for his birthday when he and their Mommy returned from dinner. I’m grateful for the 30 years of joy and love my son has brought to our family.
The following week was our grandson’s birthday, and we celebrated with an awesome police officer party, complete with flashing blue lights and donuts! I love watching this special little boy grow. I especially love hearing him talk about all the plans he has for his life. Every day spent with him is a special blessing.
In addition to all of the decorating, shopping, wrapping and baking that comes with December, it’s also a very busy time for me, work-wise. It can get a little stressful, but I travel to some small towns with my job, and it was fun to take in the magical Christmas lights in the town squares. It gave me a chance to pause between work stops and just enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. One of my favorites was Madison, Indiana. It felt like I was driving through Bedford Falls, from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I was looking for George Bailey!
I stopped into a small antique store, one day, in search of vintage Christmas ornaments. I asked the owner of the shop if he had any, and he didn’t, but he and I got to talking about how old decorations bring back wonderful memories of the past. I mentioned to him that I had gotten rid of most of my “kiddie” decorations once my children grew up, and that I soon regretted doing so when I suddenly had four grandchildren. Without a second thought, he picked up this wonderful vintage Santa and said, “Here! Take this home as my gift to your grandkids. They’ll love it!” And they do! What a special, unexpected gift. I am grateful for random acts of kindness.
I received another special surprise when I got home from an incredibly hectic day of work a few days before Christmas. My daughter sent me these beautiful flowers with a note, thanking me for the hard work I put into making our family’s Christmas celebration special. My heart melted. It feels good to be appreciated.
The biggest celebration of the month was, of course, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We started with Christmas Eve worship service, in which three of our grandchildren participated, as the angel and the shepherds. They were adorable!
Later that evening, it was time for a good ol’, relaxing, wear-your-pajamas, feast on delicious foods, and rip open the Christmas presents! Lots of huge smiles, squeals and giggles.
Once all of the gifts were opened, we sang “Happy Birthday” to Jesus and ate far too many sweet treats.
December certainly is a busy month for our family, and I am grateful for every minute of it.
I’ve been blogging my Lists of Gratitude every month as a means of helping myself stay on track in remembering all of the things for which I’m grateful in my life. As I look back over them, it fills my heart with such joy to be reminded of my many blessings. It’s fitting, however, that this last post concludes with my gratitude for the greatest blessing of all – Jesus Christ.
I am forever grateful for His saving grace.