Trust Matters DECEMBER 2019
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Favorite Traditions What Makes It Christmas at Our House
I’m not going to lie. One of the things that has me most excited for the holidays is all the baked goods. Every year, my wife, her mother, and now our daughters get together and bake up a storm! They’ll go to the store and get a truck load of ingredients and proceed to make them into every kind of seasonal dessert known to man. Unfortunately, they then put them in boxes and give them away before I can eat my fill. That’s just who my wife is though: the Queen of Christmas. She gets so much joy out of giving people gifts no matter what time of year it is, so this time of year is really her time to shine. From giving away her baked creations to finding the perfect presents for the kids, her face absolutely lights up when delivering that kind of happiness. She also takes charge of the decorations during the holidays, and she goes all out. We don’t just hang up some stockings and a tree and call it a day — we really do deck the halls. Every year, all our normal interior decorations go into storage to be swapped out with their Christmas counterparts. It’s a lot of moving boxes to and from the garage, and I’m the guy who has to do all the heavy lifting. But it’s a small price to pay considering she takes care of all the Christmas shopping. Of course, this year is going to have more box moving than usual. As I mentioned in the last edition, it looks like we’ll be moving into our new home just in time for the holidays. At the time of writing, we still don’t have a definitive date set, and that song“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”is beginning to take on special meaning. So, it’s likely we won’t have many decorations up this year, but I do have high hopes for December 2020. You see, while my wife handles the indoors, I’ve always been in charge of the outdoor decorations. The only problem is our current house doesn’t exactly have a great front lawn space for some serious light displays. That’s changing with our new house, and I’m planning on doing a Chevy Chase- level of decoration next year —hopefully without all the painful mishaps. That brings me to one of my other favorite traditions. As a family, we watch “Christmas Vacation”probably a dozen times before the season is over. It’s getting to the point I can probably quote the filmword for word. Sometimes if the kids get their way, we’ll also have a few screenings of“Elf”just to mix things up. However, one tradition will sadly be fading from our home in the coming years. Last year our youngest figured out the whole Santa Claus thing, but for now, my wife and I are still keeping up appearances. We don’t let the kids see their gifts until the day itself, which still gives them plenty of anticipation
and excitement. I’m sure some time soon we’ll stop doing it, but my wife and I still get plenty of joy from hiding away the presents and getting them all set up before Christmas morning. But Santa or no Santa , new house or old, decorations or no decorations — these are just window dressing for the real spirit of the season. Remember what Linus reminds us in“A Charlie Brown Christmas.” “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in amanger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towardmen. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
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