Finish the Sentence Friday blog hops more often than I'd like. You guys already know I'd be around more if I could, right? Right.
On a much more upbeat note, I love today's topic: Favorite Christmas traditions. We have many, but even so, it's easy for me to pick my favorite.
We didn't do candy at the time, and we didn't really have that many toys yet (and wanted to keep it that way!). So, instead of putting trinkets and junk food in his stocking, we wrapped up the pieces of our nativity scene for our son to pull out one by one on Christmas morning.
Over the years, our stocking tradition has grown and evolved. We inherited another nativity set, so we now have something like seven shepherds, six wise men, and at least ten different animals. Each piece is numbered, and each number corresponds to either a song that we sing or a Bible passage that we read on Christmas morning. Not only is it the very best part of Christmas day, hands down; it's probably one of the best parts of the entire year.
I have no idea what future Christmases have in store for our family. Sickness, strife, poverty, tragedy ... all these unwanted guests may some day make their way to our humble abode some Christmas down the road. But do you know what? Even if things get horrible in the years and decades to come, I hope to always look back on our Christmas mornings, opening up the true gift of the season with our children as they take the nativity pieces out of their stockings one by one, and realize that I am truly one blessed woman.
Blog Love: Thanks to Finish the Sentence Friday Hosts: Kate of Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine…, Janine of Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic, Stephanie of Mommy, for Real and Kristi of Finding Ninee.
Random Fact: Our middle son spent his first Christmas in the pediatric intensive care unit.
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