Tuesday, December 20, 2011

a first...after eight & a half years together

Bryant and I will be sending Christmas Eve and Christmas morning in Auburn...alone. This is a first for us. We have never had a Christmas with just the two of us. It's seems fitting this year to do something completely different than the normal routine. Christmas will be different for our entire family this year. Grandma loved Christmas. I get my crazy love for the holiday from her. She believed that every single room in your house should be full of decorations and Christmas cheer! I remember the first time she came to Auburn and saw our apartment decorated for Christmas. She was extremely proud to see multiple trees and garland hanging over every doorway, window and bookshelf. I've sent her pictures of my Christmas decor the last couple of years since she hasn't been able to travel. One of the people that spoke at her funeral pointed out how fitting it was that the church was decorated for Christmas on the day of her service. Grandma hosted Christmas Eve at her house every year. As a child, I looked forward to this event sometimes even more than Christmas morning. You never knew if there would be 30 people or 75 people at Christmas Eve. There was always singing, laughter, food and Grandma reading the Christmas Story out of a huge Bible that only got used on Christmas Eve. All of the grandchildren were required to show off some sort of talent...playing an instrument, singing, reciting a poem...etc. Grandma instructed me to make sure events like this still happened in our family. A few weeks before she passed she told me she knew these traditions would still go on because of Aunt Karen and myself. For those of you that know us, you will understand. 
This year we will be in Auburn due to the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at our church. Most people don't realize this but working at a church is a lot like working retail....every weekend & all holidays. It will be good to be busy. Mama and Daddy are coming to Auburn on their way to Kentucky to see SJP for Christmas. They are going to spend a few days with us after Christmas too. 
Bryant and I have been very busy working on Christmas gifts. I wanted to do handmade gifts for Christmas. I haven't stuck to this 100% but I've been pretty close! I will try to post some pictures of what we've made. 
I hope you are enjoying this holiday season!

"For a child has been born—for us! The gift of a son—for us!
He'll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness!"

Isaiah 9:6-7 The Message

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