We celebrate Christmas twice each year. Usually with our children and grandchildren on Christmas Eve and extended family on Christmas Day so that our children and grandchildren can go to the "other side".
Our family Christmas celebration had to be delayed for several days due to our son's work schedule. Which meant there was time to go back to an old tradition, making Swedish Bread for Christmas. Learning to make bread is a good skill for children to learn, right? Only if you're willing to have a kitchen covered in flour and do a load of flour covered laundry. And have a lot of fun in the process.
Then it was time for the gifts. My Christmas shopping was the easiest I've ever done. One phone call and a few emails and I was done! This year I gave my dream to the family. A family trip to Disneyland and Sea World. It didn't really sink in since it wasn't something tangible but in a few months I'll get to see the excitement. Until then, I'll be the one excited. And the adults of the family. As soon as it was given, out came the cell phones and the googling of Disneyland and what is there to see and do.
In the meantime, there were plenty of other tangibles for them to enjoy.
I don't know what this year holds, but I know Who holds it. I'd like to focus on a closer walk with Him this year. It's been a long time coming as these last few years I've floundered in the deep waters by myself. Walking closer with Him will make my perspective right, even during the hard times.
Here's to a year with the right perspective, His, be there good times or bad.