The Meaning of Christmas Love

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Wow. It’s been a busy few weeks! I have barely had time to blog at all. Well, I haven’t had any time at all for social media actually. I barely got on Facebook, or Instagram, or Pinterest the past couple of weeks which is quite abnormal for me but then again… It’s probably not a bad thing 🙂

In the past couple of weeks: we’ve been to 3 holiday parties. I finished my marketing class. I read all 3 Hunger Games books. I completed an Advent bible study. My family visited for a little over a week. We blessed a well-deserving family with an early Christmas present from our small group. We celebrated Christmas Eve with our church community, Mill City Church. We celebrated Jesus’s birth with my immediate family here in Fort Collins. We watched Sky open presents for his first Christmas ever. We made a turkey, ham, pies from scratch, Christmas sugar cookies and coffee cake (just to name a few), ate at the Sink in Boulder, Snooze in Denver, and Paninos in Fort Collins. We went shopping in Denver for clothes and new glasses. We finally went to our first New Belgium Brewery tour in Fort Collins. And through all that we survived 2 teeth growing in, lots of waking up in the middle of the night, and perhaps a growth spurt to top it off!

It has been such a blast this holiday season, celebrating many firsts with Sky but there have definitely been times that seemed like we have been going, going, going with no break or end in sight! I was starting to feel tired and exhausted from the holiday season somewhere midway between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but then, Tom brought home this quote from his men’s group based on 1 Corinthians 13 that helped me focus on why I truly love this time of year: LOVE.

 

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choirs cantina but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas China and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost,golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of LOVE will endure.
– Author Unknown

Showing my love to my fam by posting a few pictures from Christmas!

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