The Perfect Gift

The week was filled with wrapping paper and shiny bows. Warm meals shared with family filled our bellies, as carols by candlelight filled our souls.  Rich cups of hot cocoa graced our Christmas morning and decadent desserts our Christmas meal–our children never feared a lack of sugar.  Smiles and laughter echoed throughout our homes as children ripped into presents, and the cries accompanying meltdowns reverberated against the walls as the night beckoned children to bed.  The week was beautiful and exhilarating and tiring, and I still haven’t recovered.

Yet of all the moments of Christmas, my favorite arrived Christmas night as little white flakes filled the ebony sky, giving us one more gift together.

Crazy hats and mis-matched gloves served as testimony to a family who hasn’t seen much snow, and snow delivered the perfect excuse to extend family time a little longer…

And as the cold bit my face and my fingers went numb, I couldn’t help but think that this winter wonderland was the perfect end to the holiday–the holiday where we remembered the gift that didn’t cost us anything but made us white as snow.

What was your favorite gift this Christmas?

10 thoughts on “The Perfect Gift

  1. Jesus is the best gift of all. I was also blessed to spend Christmas with all of my immediate family and the extended family on both sides. As always you have the perfect way to put into words the love and joy that I have in my heart. Time with my family was my favorite gift this year. Thank you to God who has blessed me with these. I love you.

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  2. As my family knows, tangible gifts hold small value for me. Family is a gift that is most valuable, especially as we grow older. Spending time with my precious husband, daughters, “sons” and grandchildren is priceless. This year we were blessed to have in our presence a child of God who has taught me again how much God loves all of us. Gretl is 23, mentally challenged with many physical ailments. To our Lord, Gretly is perfect. To witness how all of my family has accepted her with love and caring shows how Christ lives in them.

    Matthew 25:40 Verily I say to you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

    John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you.

    Thank you Father, for the gift of Gretl and my amazing family.

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  3. Well it’s so nice you got some snow, otherwise you wouldn’t have been able to make such an analogue, which was very clever and lovely!

    Glad you all had fun in the snow – looks like a lovely spring day to me 🙂

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    1. Yes, we definitely get excited about something that is not such a big deal to all of our northern friends. That's okay–I don't think we could handle any more!________________________________________

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  4. A perfect post for the perfect season due to His perfect sacrifice, thanks for the reminder… May God continue to bless you and your family. They are AMAZING!

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  5. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog today. 🙂 So sorry you felt you couldn't leave one before–I hope you know that I just enjoy crafting and have/had a lot of free time on my hands with just one kid. I don't think everyone needs to be doing crafts with their kids and I can't say I'd be doing that many if I had three kids either.

    Your children are beautiful, by the way and that snowman is adorable! Thanks again for reading my blog. 🙂

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    1. Hi, Vanessa! I hope my comment didn't come off differently than I meant it–I am so impressed with your talent and admire the time you spend with your daughter doing meaningful activities and creating wonderful memories. And today's post–well it was superb!Thank you for reading my blog today. The kids definitely had a great time making the world's shortest snowman! :)_______________________________________

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