Today we continue one of our very favorite traditions that we started a couple of years ago. I really can't remember where I got the idea.....if it was from you then you can comment and claim it, but someone/something gave me the idea to give secret santa (call them whatever you want to santa haters) gifts out on this night.
This is our third year of anonymously blessing people in our neighborhood. We usually give some kind of sweet treat or gift card to people who have shown some kindness or blessed us in some way. This year we chose people in houses who go all out in their Christmas light decorating with music and everything. The kids were a little nervous about going up to the doors but after one positive interaction they found it to be quite fun.
Pardon the poor quality of photo but at least you get the idea.
Today is the last day of school so the activities were Camden's class party and then after school we played our first game of our Christmas vacation. (We told the kids that we would try to play at least one round of every game we have during this vacation. I'm not sure we will make it.)
Today's activity is Camden's Christmas program at school and then a little party at our house afterwards for the people who came to the concert. Peppermint ice cream dessert, chocolate chip pie, and punch were on the menu.
"Tebowing" before his performance.
In the 12 days of Christmas, Christian style, he was Amazing Grace-he's in the back row. And no I did not coordinate his sweater with his sign. I didn't even know what color the sign was!!
Psalm 92:1 What a beautiful thing God, to give thanks, to sing an anthem to you, the High God.
Today we took a man, who Sam became acquainted with at the store, out for supper. This is his first Christmas without his wife of 58 years. He had a lot of stories about being in the war (showed the kids his 3 purple hearts), his years as a Douglas county sheriff, and many other things. We had a good time getting to know him.
Show respect to the aged; honor the presence of an elder; fear your God. I am the LORD.
The Lord created us to be in relationships with others. Let's keep building our relationships with our Life group friends at the party we are hosting tonight.
This night was also special for me as I have been wanting to go caroling for a long, long time and could never get anybody to do it with me. Until tonight! All 21 of us went to 6 houses (rejected at 2....how can anyone reject a group of carolers?). It was so much fun!!
This day was going to be a dad and kid's date night with ice cream afterwards. But, due to the events of the day it just seemed important that I participate too.
We went to The Rose (children's theater in Omaha) to see Madeline's Christmas (a friend was one of the girls).
A sweet treat afterwards. It was just a special end to a "bad news" day.
Luke 2:12 You shall find the babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
Mary only had swaddling clothes for Jesus but that was enough to keep him warm.
Look under the tree for something that will keep you warm.
New Christmas pj's
Just a note about our advent activities. Every year it is a tradition for us to give our kids a new ornament, new pj's, and a new book so I knew I would be adding those things into our activities. I don't usually get them a new CD but I happened to come across a good deal on them and knew that I would probably need some "easy" days.
Today is St. Nicholas Day. Why should we learn about St. Nick?
He was the true Santa Claus and Father Christmas: St. Nicholas, a man of faith who lived his life in devotion to Christ. He helps us focus on giving as he cared for the needy. St. Nicholas loved children. St. Nicholas points to Jesus, the heart of Christmas. His story offers a spiritual dimension to gift giving. His story is one of a Christian saint, whose model life inspires compassion and charity.
Camden received a book-St. Nicholas, The Story of the Christmas Legend. Claremarie received a book with The Christmas Carol and other selected stories in it.