Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Partridge in a Pantry

The Christmas season is such a wonderful, special time of year.  There is nothing like experiencing it through the eyes of a child.   I can remember watching  Alex when he was a little boy, the wonder in his eyes as he took in all the miracles and surprises the season had to bring.  His excitment carried him through the whole month of December.  He still enjoys Christmas and is blessed by Christ's birth,  but he now sees it through the eyes of an adult.  I must admit I miss those days filled with awe and amazement.  I have written before about Kate and Emma, the sweet girls I babysit during the week, and what blessings they are to me in so many ways.  They encourage me, make me smile and yes even make me laugh out loud with the things they say.  They both see Christmas through a childs eyes and their excitement overflows.  Just yesterday Emma came bouncing up the stairs singing with all her might the 12 days of Christmas.....fiveeeeeee goldennnnnn rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and "A PARTRIDGE IN A PANTRY"  I asked her to repeat what she was singing trying not to giggle.  We sang together the 12 days of Christmas and I truly think she believes the gift on the first day is a partridge in a pantry.  Oh Christmas through a childs eyes---I wish we could all experience it that way.  The awe, amazement and excitement over the miracle of Christ's birth. 

I wanted to share with you all my most favorite Christmas decoration.  It is the nativity scene that once belonged to my Grandmother.  I can remember seeing it under her tree when I was a little girl and then again under my parents tree.  My sister and I together each year would set this little scene up under the family tree.  After Alex and I married, on our first Christmas together, I asked my mom if I would be able to put this treasure under our tree.  It had remained there each year until a curious little puppy came into our family and damaged the manger beyond repair.  It has since been placed in a spot of safety high atop the end table in the livingroom reminding us all of the reason we celebrate this most special time of year. 

I hope you all are truly experiencing the wonders of the season--remembering the true meaning of Christmas.
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