Wednesday, December 5, 2012

It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

Good morning! It's breakfast time, and we're searching for the number of the day. And playing with empty Pez dispensers...




Our Christmas cards arrived yesterday, so we were busy, decorating the envelopes, and getting them ready to send. If you receive one that Grady has "decorated" you will know. It is either covered in "Christmas lights" (polka dots) or girl and boy spiders and crabs (which look like ovals with legs). The girls have eyelashes, in case you were wondering.

Bella has been decorating with some friendly winter deer, Christmas trees and lights.

Last night brought back so many memories. In Jr. High and High school, every year my church's youth choir would go Christmas carolling. We would walk from house to house around neighborhoods, we went to nursing homes, retirement homes, and super fun places like Downtown Disney and Fort Wilderness Lodge.
And last night, our church rocked some caroling at a retirement home. We brought goodies and snacks, and had such a sweet time just hanging out for a little while with these folks.  
Grady was telling this gentleman how big his muscles were.

And after we sang, we enjoyed cookies and desserts.


And last night, my children were a little uncomfortable. They were around strangers in wheeled chairs, who don't resemble people we see in a typical day. They started out glued to my legs, quiet and wide eyed. And I love that discomfort. Sometimes it's hard to engage someone you don't know in a conversation. Sometimes you don't know where to start, or what to say. But you just gotta do it. It's just part of loving people, all kinds of people. And this generation has so much to offer. They have wisdom, experience, and great stories to tell. And if all else fails, offer them a cookie, or show them your muscles! Those are sure winners!

 It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold!
Peace on the earth, good will to men,
From heaven's all gracious King!
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

1 comment:

  1. I want a cookie!! That is such a wonderful thing to do with the kids on so many levels! Thanks for being such a great mom to my grandbabies!