Friday, December 24

Perhaps something more?

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."
Dr. Seuss (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!)


It is Christmas Eve at the Huff house. Currently, everyone is asleep but me, and I have so much running through my head that I am awake. Wide awake. Our traditions? Today, I will clean the kiddos' rooms. We will sort out the things we no longer need and make places for a few new things. The kiddos will help. We will decorate sugar cookies to leave out for Santa, and we will do a quick clean of the house. We will set out luminaries for our neighborhood, and at dusk, our neighbors will light them. We will gather at a friend's house for a Christmas Eve service (our church does not have one), and we will rejoice at what tomorrow represents for us all. I will probably cry, because believe me, if you've had a year like me, Christmas just means more. We will drive home through the beautiful lights and make Santa pancakes for dinner. We will clean up our dishes and gather with our parents and kiddos around the advent wreath. The kiddos have been waiting to light the Christ candle. John will play his guitar, and we will sing carols. We will read the Christmas story and pray together. We will light the Christ candle, we will tuck our kiddos into bed. Somewhere in the night, Santa will come and the magic of Christmas will live.

And in the morning, the kiddos will race down the stairs. They will check the tree. They will check their stockings. They will check to see if the Christ candle is still burning. Yes, perhaps Christmas does mean a bit more. They get it; they really, really get it. I am so incredibly grateful for the redeeming work God has done.

Have a very merry Christmas!

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