The first day of Christmas…

It is here!!!  It is finally here!!!  The first day of December, the first day of Christmas.  Such a beautiful time of year!  Everything is well decorated with lights and pretty decorations.  We are all in the gift buying and giving mood.   And yet I start to wonder if we have forgotten what makes this season so bright and special.  Such a beautiful season and yet we are forced on the job front to be “sensitive” to others and speak of Happy Holidays.  I like Happy Hollydays myself…lol(my name is Holly.)  But seriously…what is it that brought us to celebrate this beautiful season?  There is so much more to it than just the Santa, presents, and parties.  This is Christmas!  Did you see that?!  CHRIST*mas!  That is right the true meaning of this beautiful season is the beautiful gift that God gave us.  The promise that was born to Mary in a lil stable in Bethlehem, beneath a beautiful bright star.  Jesus Christ was born to bring us that special promise of love.  We are so loved by God that he sent his son to be born with the purpose of dying on the cross to save us from our sins and to give us life.  John 3:16 New International Version (NIV)16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  We are loved by God our creator!  And we are reminded of that love during this season of MERRY CHRISTMAS not Happy Holidays.

Today My children and I enjoyed decorating our tree with our family ornaments.  Each ornament has a story, a memory, a connection.  One of our family traditions is to give each other an ornament that represents a memory of that year.  So as we were hanging our ornaments on our tree, we talked about our memories and we laughed together.  The children had such a wonderful time decorating the tree.  One of the last things we do is hang the star on the top of our tree and we talk about what the star represents.  The beautiful bright star that was placed high in the dark night sky that led the Wiseman, the Shepherds, and the Kings to Jesus.

After decorating our tree we made more of these cute Pine Cone Christmas trees…

This is a great activity to do with children of all ages.  All you need is: some pinecones and pom poms.  You could glue the pom poms to the pine cone.  We just stuffed them in between the pine needles.  And you can find the pom poms at the Dollar Tree.