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Christmas Gift #4

…and of course, everyone needs the traditional Christmas fish! 🙂

I just love this craft that Phoenie brought home from school a couple of weeks ago.   I have no idea why he was making dough fish for a Christmas craft but he was mighty proud of his work.

Christmas fish

I love each and every one of these funny Christmas presents that I have presented the past few days.   Each gift was created and given with love and that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?

One of the reasons that I enjoy the Christmas season is because it is filled with these kind of treasured family memories – funny Christmas presents, hand made angels from Slovakia, a country snowman for each child made by my friend who is no longer alive, Christmas shortbread and Nanaimo Bars, “first Christmas together” decorations, reindeer made of clothespins and candy canes made of twisted pipe cleaners, Christmas morning pinch bread and hot apple cider, picture frames made of popsicle sticks and snowflakes embroidered by neighbours, twinkling Christmas lights and a hand carved wooden St. Nicholas figure from my Uncle Don, beautiful hand sewn hearts for everyone in the family, stocking stuffing, Phoenie putting the big star on the top of the Christmas tree and roasted turkey with all the trimmings.

I treasure every Christmas memory but my favourite times during the Christmas season are those rare and cherished moments of quietness.  Sometimes I experience this when I’m walking through freshly fallen snow.  Sometimes, it happens when all everyone is asleep, the stockings are stuffed and I sit in my pondering chair and watch the fire.   Sometimes it happens when I look at the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree.

But it always happens when I watch a live nativity scene – and I think about what it must have been like when “A great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”  (Luke 2:14)

There would never be another time like that.

Thank you God for the birth of your son and the Hope that He brings to my life and this world.

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  1. kathy taylor

    Loved today’s reflection, especially of the family memories, special ornaments that REALLY make a Christmas tree.
    Just returned home from…drum roll…..Fairy Lake. Strange how you just wrote about it yet I had never heard about the live Nativity presented there. Strange that Melanie asked us to go tonight with Steve and Madison and her in-laws. It was wonderful, especially the throng of angels on the hillside-it was so realistic!!
    We were dressed for the chilly air and were quite comfortable-remember-be prepared and plan ahead!!
    Enjoying your Christmas reflections. Sigh..

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