Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Some people talk about how busy and crazy this time of year is and how it's work to remain sane in the midst of it. I don't know if we are kind of lame or if we just try to keep things pretty simple in general, because I love this time of year! I love excuses to get dressed, excuses to celebrate, reasons to feel like a moment is extra special and these days are full of these kinds of goodness.
Last week was Sydney's little pre-school winter program and it was such fun to see her up there with her buddies, all shy and sweet singing classic carols and a few her teacher wrote (e.x. "I like snow, but I don't shovel the driveway..." and "Here comes Suzy Snowflake dressed in her snow white gown...) Nick's parents came for the event and Sydney was silly with pride. We left the cookie party early to go to for hot chocolate and eggnog lattes (why can't we have these all winter?) and it finished off the fun little afternoon perfectly.
Sunday was Elias' debut in the church Christmas program and you would have thought he had a leading role instead of being a barnyard animal extra (well, a giraffe) from the look of pride on his little face. Sydney about mothered him to death on stage, but he put up with it since he was so happy to be a part of the big kid show.
I love our church's Christmas program because we rehearse for not long the day before and they begin the service by inviting anyone who wants to join in, to go downstairs for a costume. No one thinks she's Shirley Temple, there are no solos or memorized parts and I always leave smiling because so much of what makes our church great comes out in the simplicity and beauty of the kids singing Christmas carols and reminding us of the story of Christmas. I think it will be a sad day when the kids don't dress as angels or animals and get up there and simply glow with pride simply because they are on stage with their friends singing "Jesus is a light for us..." But I'm sure those years will have other joys that will make the season just as special. For now, I'm really enjoying the season as experienced alongside little eyes full of wonder and glee.