Tuesday, December 9, 2008

52 Blessings Project ~Week 49

This Week I Am Grateful For ~ The Christmas Season !

I have had the best time getting ready for Christmas this year. I love the small acts of kindness that people offer to one another this time of year as they strive to be a little more Christlike. I love the carols. I love the nativities. I am hoping to find a live one this year.I love trying to teach my little ones the true meaning of Christmas. I love the lights and the shopping and the baking. The older ones were asking on Thanksgiving if I was going to buy them a chocolate advent calender too this year. I had to smile at that one. I always buy those calenders and we open them each night as we read out of our book and sing Christmas songs. And I have loved the kids asking me to make some of the Christmas smell.
Tonight I made some homemade caramels and the kids were so excited to help me pull out the Christmas taffy wrappers and wrap them. Zach was saying the treats that I make each year is one of his favorite things.
I love pulling out decorations that we have had for years and remembering who we got them from. I love decorating the tree and seeing the sweet ornaments that the kids made for me in elementary school. One of my favorite ones is a clay star Zach made that has his picture on the front of it. I can't get over how quickly time flew.
I love the kids drawing each others names and the shopping as they try to find the perfect gift for each other. This year we are trying to have the kids not only give each other a gift but also a gift of service. I hope it helps them feel more kind towards one another.
I have always been so stressed over Christmas and there have been many years that I have not enjoyed it. It was just a season to survive. But..this year is different. I am enjoying it. I am feeling some Christmas spirit. It has been fun, and touching, and exciting and one of the best years yet! For that I am thankful!


Crazymamaof6 said...

awesome post! it gave me chills. love that you make such fun treats.
i know what you mean about hard holidays past. i've had those too. and am happy to report i'm having a great year also.

i love your new template. so cute!

RhondaLue said...

They asked you to make the Christmas smell? That's pure awesomeness!!!!

I love this time of year too. I want to try the 12 days of Christmas devotional thought or message each night but I need to get it organized quick if I'm going to have something for all 12 nights!

I also can't believe how fast time flies. My 14 yr old has one on the tree from the time he was like 6 and it's crazy sad and wondrous and happy all at the same time remembering and seeing his "old" self. :)

Jenifer said...

I'm glad it's going well! You go girl!!!

Jenifer said...

I'm glad it's going well! You go girl!!!

goingsome said...

Love the "Christmas smells", that must be a "Profitt thing", since I do rememeber your Mom having the smell simmering on the stove. I need to do that.

Love that the kids shop for each other. Here the kids look forward to it and it is the talk of the season for shopping.

Glad to hear that all is going well this season. Here too. We are enjoying the season and taking it all in.

Cheffie-Mom said...

"Make some of the Christmas smell", this sentence is wonderful. Thank you for such an uplifting post. (:

raising4boys said...

That's great you are enjoying the season this year. I feel like I am surviving. I don't know if I'm doing too many projects or my kids are too little. I am trying to keep the traditions but also simplify other things like neighbor gifts (not homemade) this year.

Merry Christmas!!