In all the craziness of the season preschool fell a bit by the wayside, but one thing we did keep up with is our Jesse Tree Advent celebration each night. It has been so nice to gather together as a family, read scripture and remember the real reason for the season and I am looking forward to continuing these nightly family devotions as we move into the new year!
Being three, R-Man wasn't always all that keen on listening, but he amazed us how even when it seemed like he wasn't paying attention to a word we were saying he would then go and spout something off out of the blue a few days later from our reading, and then of course it would all feel worthwhile!
He thoroughly enjoyed getting to place a star sticker on the hand print Christmas tree we made to count down to Christmas Day! He also loved adding a peace of straw to Jesus' manger every night and place a new Jesse Tree ornamanent on his special advent tree!
He is, of course, even more excited that today is finally the day and his waiting is over at long last! He has asked us everyday since the tree went up, "Is it Christmas time?" To which we always had to reply, "Yes, it is Christmas time, but it's not Christmas day."
And the torture he has been having to endure since the presents went under the tree has been almost completely unbearable for him! One day he told me, "Mom, ya know, I could just go ahead and open my presents now."- as if he was doing me a favor! He is so adorable and I can't wait to see the look on his bright shining face when he gets to run up the stairs and see even more gifts under the tree!
I hope you all get to experience the wonder of Christmas through the eyes of your children today and remember to keep our Savior and King at the heart of your celebration!