A little Joy for a change

The kids are feeling much better. We’ve decided to be positive, and just be thankful they got sick on the 20th and not the 24th. Hopefully, everyone will be feeling fabulous by Christmas.

I’ve always loved Christmas. The sights, the smells, the sounds. I love Christmas music. I love the feeling of joy and anticipation in the air. I love the spirit of the season…everyone is a little more polite, a little more generous, a little more forgiving. People smile a little more, give a little more, hug a little more. I love Christmas hugs.

I never knew, though, just how joyous the season can be, until I had children. Experiencing the Joy of Christmas through your children is……what words can possibly describe it? The innocence. The wide-eyed bewilderment. The sheer, absolute joy when they see that one special gift, the ONE thing they’d most hoped for. And then, of course, the squeals of delight at the other gifts, the ones they didn’t even know they wanted.

[Side note: Last week the girls were watching the video from Christmas morning two years ago. At one point in the video, the girls call the in-laws to tell them what they got from Santa. Miss Attitude says, in her sweet little excited-five-year-old-girl voice, “I got some slippers from Santa! I didn’t even ask Santa for slippers, but I got some slippers anyway!”]

I love going shopping and exchanging knowing looks with fellow moms shopping for their children. It’s just fun to be “in” on the secret. It’s such a…well, a privilege to be able to do something special for your children. It makes my heart full when they’re happy.

Tomorrow night, we’ll open the gifts under our tree (we always do our tree on Christmas Eve, since we have Santa, and then Nanny and Poppy’s tree on Christmas morning). Then, as they always do, the girls will leave cookies and milk for Santa, and carrots for his reindeer. (Note to self: must stop by the store for baby carrots on the way home from work.) This year we’ll also sprinkle some “reindeer dust” (a mixture of dry oats and glitter) on the lawn. Then we’ll tuck the kids into bed and hope against hope that they can suppress their excitement long enough to drift off to sleep so Santa can visit. The girls will be up LONG before sunrise Christmas morning, an early start to a day full of smiles and laughter, wrapping paper and bows, family and food.

Want to know a secret? I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep tomorrow night, either.

I’m way too excited.

May this Christmas find you surrounded by the people you love most, who make you the happiest. May you find Joy wherever you go.

Wishing you lots of Love and sending you big Internet Hugs, from the LadyBug house to yours.

God bless you all this holiday season.

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