Shouldn’t that really be the question that is in our hearts right now? I say this as I just got done making almost 20 dozen cupcakes for my neighbor gifts. It’s easy to get caught up in the gift giving and the memory making of Christmas and forget the whole “Reason for the Season” as they say. I’m just as guilty as anyone else.
“Are you all ready for Christmas?” I’ve been asked a hundred times already this month and I in return have probably asked a hundred people that same question. Well, yes I am I can gladly say. Every gift is bought and child’s friend gift will be officially made today including our neighbor gifts. Is this something that I should be proud of? I’m asking that of you because I really want to know, and I am honestly proud of myself for doing so. Over all the joy of this Christmas has been sweet. I’ve had more time to make things happen so to say, and every day I have done something “Christmasy” with the exception of two days when I was absolutely desperately ill with a stomach bug. But in all that “Christmasy” how much of it really was about Christ?
Today I listened to Conference talks as I sat baking a gazillion cupcakes and I felt happy, not at all overwhelmed as I should have felt. Quite literally that is an insane amount of cupcakes to make in one day and be on my feet for the whole of it, but all I felt was joy and peace and gladness about the task I was at. “Why,” I asked myself. Shouldn’t I be wishing the day was done? Shouldn’t I be exhausted? In reality it has been a wonderful exhilarating day. Why?
Because in the background of all my “Christmasy” preparation were the sweet words that spoke of Christ. How could I not feel the real “Reason for the Season” when his words and his servants were speaking them right to my ear.
So today after school as my children came in from the bus, or their carpool ride, whichever depending on the child, I gave them each a blank paper and asked them to tell me who they thought Jesus was. “Why,” they asked. And I said, “Because it’s Christmas and we should be thinking about him.” I won’t quote what they said, that’s personal and something only our family will share together tomorrow as the last week of school ends and the break for both Jason and the kids begin, but I will say this that all of their thoughts had a common thread…He was sent here to help us and that He loves us. That He is Heavenly Father’s son.
So who is Jesus you might ask. Can I answer with the innocence and the absolute truth of a child?...He’s Heavenly Father’s son and He loves you and He was sent here to help you! Need I say anything more?
Jason and me on our trip Monday to Temple Square. Can I just say that it was sooo cold...and due to missing a train we had to wait for over an hour to meet our connecting train in Salt Lake to get back to Provo to grab our suburban. Thank heaven's for the bus station that was so warm for all of the other cold people who missed their train too. If only tracks had been on the schedule it was supposed to be on none of us would have froze, but as Angie said, (Jason's sister Angie, not me) "Just think of the story we'll have to tell. Just think of the memories that we are making."
Five of our kids and Brooke and Megan our sweet neighbor girls. The rest of their family was elsewhere on Temple Square and Jason's sister and brother and their families wondering somewhere else looking at lights too, but there were a bunch of us that had a brilliant time, even if we did freeze absolutely to death...and I assure you I am not exaggerating. The only reason any of us are alive is because the bus station revived us oh and City Creek Mall before that...