....When the house is decked with garlands, bows, and lights
-The kitchen is filled with aromas of the many delicious baked goods...and the household is in a state of constant "sugarhighness"
-Pine needles become the number one item tracked throughout the house...usually only outmatched by the tracks of dirt that come with living in the country
-The special pumpkin and apples candles get taken out and lit, adding to the sweet aromas
-Purchases of Costco's Holiday Coffee blend replace the usual French Roast
-Anticipation is high...excitement level's at its peak...as little ones rejoice over their three week break in school
-Everyone rejoices over the fact that they have the men of the house around 24/7
-Each day, eager faces peek out of the windows to see if, by any chance, the passing FedEx truck is meant for them...then the crowds re-position around the mysterious box just delivered
-Piles of gifts surround the Christmas tree, as some gather around to carefully inspect each gift...which involves: checking for peak holes in the packages, poking them, and jiggling and jangling them in every which way (don't ask me how I know :)
-It's time for those bits of unfinished stories to come out, and those piles of books you've had stacked up for months, with the intentions of reading them, to finally get done...time to join the littlest sis, after months of begging, for a time of dolls
-Everyone around sends out their wishes to all of the scrooges of this year for a very merry Christmas...NOT a happy holidays :)
-Old Christmas songs are taken out and played all day long...girls pick up their Christmas sheet music selections instead of the regular classical music (whew!!! :)
-The events that fill their schedules seem altogether more festive...like attendances at the Word of Grace Bible Church for the annual Christmas concert (the prettiest thing you ever saw!!!), driving to down town Portland for the play "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol" (Which was also an amazing success), and shopping at the Woodburn outlets, all lit up with the lovely lights and the famous Woodburn Christmas tree...and all around, the stop lights seem to flash a brighter red and green...yes, that was very original, wasn't it :)
-It's time for the traditional movie marathon to begin...this year being none other than the famed "Pride and Prejudice"
-Traditional Christmas movies are watched that are ONLY ever seen around Christmas time....like the George C. Scott "A Christmas Carol" (it's important that I specify ;), "It's a Wonderful Life", and "Christmas Card" (I know, I know...you need at least one cheesy hallmark film for the holiday season :) Oh, and I can't forget..."Cricket on the Hearth"...an all time fav!!!
-Old and young alike are dreaming and praying for a white Christmas
-Jesus birth and coming death is remembered...the birth of our knew hope in Him....of a grace undeserved, and righteousness that we did not earn...Jesus Christ: the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas!...and like Ania told me as she reached chapter 2 in Luke, "Nae-Nae, I just skipped over that because we're gonna be reading it in a couple weeks." :)
-And like every Christmas year before this, the Spafford family resolves to send out a family picture to all their friends and family....and as tradition would have it...they never do :)
Have an amazingly Merry Christmas, filled with joy, and thankfulness....and lots of Christmas baking ;)