Saturday, December 10, 2011

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I love the Christmas season!  It really is a wonderful time of year as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We start celebrating the weekend after Thanksgiving with decorating the house and setting up the Christmas tree.  Each of our children receive a new ornament every year which they put on the tree first.  Then we pull out all of the ornaments and I just let them hang them wherever they want to put them.
Decorating the tree
 The activities of Christmas are in full swing now with various events, performances, and parties. Two of our children participated with the church youth handbell group and rang bells on the riverwalk.  It was a beautiful evening out with the riverwalk lit with luminaries. Our daughter is on the end with the teeny tiny bells.
Ringing on the River
 This past week started out with our youngest receiving his TENDERFOOT badge for boy scouts.

We continued with the youth ringing and singing at church. Here is our middle son on the right end with the big bells.
 Our oldest son was invited to play with the college praise band at a downtown activity called Gifts for Giving.
 He is in his element when he gets a guitar in his hand.  I love to see him shine!
Oldest son 
 The girls and I enjoyed an evening at the ballet watching "The Nutcracker".  It was such a beautiful performance.  Our oldest has been dancing off and on since she was four and was in the Nutcracker as a cherub when she was little.  She's back doing ballet again and after seeing the Nutcracker tonight she has hopes of performing in the ballet next year.
Our daughters at "the Nutcracker"

 The girls and I enjoyed our evening out at the ballet. I love spending time with my children!
Me and my girls!
There are so many things going on this time of year. I hope you take some time to enjoy the activities in your community this Christmas season.  A lot of hard work goes into planning events and parties and celebrations. Get out there and enjoy the activities with family & friends. It might provide an opportunity to make some new friends & you might just have the opportunity to tell someone who doesn't know that Jesus is the reason for the season!

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