In addition to ‘pumpkin patch day’, one of my most favorite days of the year typically happens the weekend after Thanksgiving. All the family gathers at my mom and dad’s house to officially welcome Christmas. We put up and decorate their Christmas tree–dragging out all of our childhood ornaments and reliving each accompaning story. We bake and decorate Christmas cookies and assemble gingerbread houses. Last year we began making teacher gifts with the grandkids–pinecones dipped in peanut butter and rolled in birdseed and topped with a pretty ribbon bow.
It’s so sweet to my heart, time spent together as a large family–celebrating both where we’ve been, where we are today, and where we’re headed into the future. I couldn’t be more blessed.
I can’t help but feel in some small way like Mary, taking in all the things of the Christmas season with those who I so dearly love:
“Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.” Luke 2:19