Today on the radio I actually heard a commercial where the spokesman said, "Merry Giftmas." Of course, I was appalled. I mean, talk about taking Christ out of Christmas and replacing it with what matters least this holiday season! I still stand firm by that, but then later today I saw a video on THIS blog. About 3 months ago they lost their 18 month old daughter, Preslee, in a drowning accident. It's a beautiful blog if you ever get a chance to read it, but if not- she posted this video about the TRUE meaning of Christmas and I thought I would share.
At the end it talks about the gifts we can give Christ for Christmas- being kind and loving others, etc. I used this for our Family Home Evening tonight to try and teach Audra what Christmas is really about, and it went well. Audra got it- at least for a few minutes.
So now when I think of that horrible commercial, I will think not of the gifts that I am buying or receiving, but the gifts of the heart that I can give to Christ.
But, in general, I will wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!
After watching the video, the girls made Christmas ornaments for the tree.
Audra made Rudolph, Claire made a wreath: