Tuesday, December 21, 2010
A few weeks ago, I tool the kids to WalMart for free Pictures with Santa. They loved it! Ethan fell asleep for a few, but otherwise, it went very well. Santa was pretty mellow and not really interactive, but they didn't notice. However, our Parks and Rec organized phone calls from Santa. He called on Saturday and talked to Amelie, Eric and Tanner. Amelie didn't say much back, but Eric and Tanner about talked his ear off. When they were done, the cutest comment was when Amelie announced that he knew EXACTLY what she wanted! I know it is silly and frivolous, but I love the Christmas traditions. We stress that Christmas really is to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but there is something to be learned from others, too, like St. Nicholas who threw bags of gold down an old man's chimney so the man could have a dowry for his daughter. It's about what we can give to God's other children that determines whether we are deserving of gifts ourselves, specifically the gift of exaltation.