the many meanings of christmas

Pumpkin pie and cornbread dressing.  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  Reading The Night Before Christmas to my kids at bedtime.  Watching my children count down the days until Christmas on our advent calendar.  My son’s excitement as he gets to turn on the lights on the tree each day.  My wooden nativity set with the little baby Jesus that looks like an almond.  Singing along to holiday music as I wrap presents.  Setting out homemade cookies for Santa, along with a glass of milk in case he gets thirsty.  Seeing the wonderment and awe in my children’s eyes on Christmas morning as they see that Santa has visited in the middle of the night.  Gathering with our family on Christmas day.  The beauty of giving to others.  Joy.  Contentment.  Peace.  Gratitude.

I hope you have a Christmas filled with love and happiness. From my family to yours, merry Christmas!

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3 Responses to “a first graduation”

  1. Abby — June 7, 2015 @ 8:53 pm

    This post is so beautiful. I attended the same school from K-8, and therefore didn’t have a fifth grade graduation, but the change from fifth to sixth grade was still very difficult for me. I know I haven’t lived long, and I’m sure I still have many difficult years ahead, but I doubt that any of them will be as challenging as ages twelve to sixteen were for me. 

    Wishing your daughter the best of luck in the years ahead. Completing elementary school is a huge deal, and she should be so proud of herself! 

    If I’ve learned anything in recent years, it’s that health and well being are far more important than grades will ever be. Everyone is always told this, or say that they believe this, but honestly, I rarely see it put into practice. Grades are important, yes, but healthy coping skills and outlets are far more valuable. Killing yourself for good grades isn’t worth it… I know this from personal experience. 

    I think I may have gone a bit off topic here. 🙂 It’s just that I really suffered during my early teen years, and don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I did. 

    Anyways! Congratulations to your lovely daughter! I really enjoyed this <3 

  2. Janis Tester — June 8, 2015 @ 7:51 am

    What a special moment. They grow up way too fast. You are an awesome Mama.

  3. Paula — June 8, 2015 @ 12:45 pm

    Oh how lovely!  Congratulations to Maddie.  A special time for her and you must be as proud of her as she is of her accomplishments.  She does look so happy and proud in this photo.

    My granddaughter graduates on the 19th of June and starts Grade 7 at the high school.  It will be the first time her and her little sister will be attending different schools.  Lots of changes ahead for sure, for all the kids!

    Best wishes to Maddie, I hope she enjoys her summer and all the best to her in the coming academic years.

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