It’s not technically twelve days, but it’s twelve of the many things that have made this Christmas season special:
- Brilliant smiles, warm hugs and loving kisses.
- Parties with unhealthy, delicious food and ridiculous, hilarious gifts.
- A youth-led worship service with carols, candles and Communion – and wax-spotted jeans.
- Beautiful Christmas displays downtown, in the park and in the neighbors’ yards.
- Helping to ride herd on 40 enthusiastic kids from 3 to 12 years of age while they ran from one unsuspecting house to another, entertaining the occupants with rousing versions of “Joy to the World” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
- Caramel and chocolate up to my elbows while I tried to duplicate Mom’s recipe for Texas Millionaires.
- Sweet memories of Christmases past and poinsettias in memory of loved ones passed.
- A perfect offertory performance of “Joy to the World” by an 8 year old first-year piano student.
- A four-hour road trip filled with texts of estimated arrival time and Dallas Cowboy scores.
- Awkward greetings with grand nieces and nephews I haven’t seen in years followed by the fun of getting reacquainted.
- A day of last minute shopping trips, kitchen duty, puppy sitting and carols on the stereo.
- Anticipation of a beautiful Christmas Eve service tonight and a glorious day of celebration tomorrow.
May your Christmas day be full of warmth and love, and may the Promise of the Baby in the manger be with you now and always.