I felt the Christmas spirit this year as we prepared for and participated in a variety of Christmas activities: book club party, neighborhood party, ward party, ward Christmas sacrament program, company parties, First Presidency Devotional, reading Christmas books daily, singing and listening to Christmas songs, reflecting on Christ, visiting Temple Square, providing service, driving around to see lights, decorating gingerbread houses, spending time with loved ones. I've probably forgotten a few. But certainly all of these things brought joy and happiness to me. I know that the holidays aren't happy for everyone and I know that many people begin to feel overburdened by all of the things to do and places to go. I certainly can understand that, but I genuinely love it. I love all of the aspects of the celebration...except perhaps decorating gingerbread houses. (I do those because my girls really love it.) And there are aspects of the holidays that I don't participate in such as Elf on the Shelf or singing in the ward choir. But I love the music, the parties, the service, the thinking of others and the reflecting on blessings as well as the turning of hearts to Christ.
Here are some of the things we did to get in the Christmas spirit. We made (mini) gingerbread houses:
|I love seeing the different nativities.|