‘Twas a very merry Christmastide, indeed. The sum of our hijinks and revelry has certainly made the season bright. We are grateful for this annual blessing of festively acknowledging humanity’s long-awaited Messiah. Each of our zany customs points us to Him– the one who humbly descended to bring light to the darkness. We count down the days, and fill them with fun, basking in the glow of the vibrant life He’s afforded us.
Nigel the Nutcracker was a fresh addition installed covertly on my folks’ front porch early in the season and plugged in each time one of my sisters or I drove by and spied him deflated. much older sister’s holly-jolly hubby propped up Buddy, my gift to him in last year’s sibling gift exchange and positioned him just inside their front window facing the street, to the startling shock of neighbors and deliverymen alike crafting doorknob surprises for their friends everyone loves a good ding-dong-ditch Busted. we even managed to bake Great Grandma Schafer’s famous Green Tree cookies to the disgrace to Oregon herself, we purchased a faux tree this year anticipating the neglect our travel would inflict on a fresh-cut one our annual ornament, memorializing the year we misplaced all our passports Grandma Tina also blessed us with this iconic additon the queen of traditions, Grandma delivered advent calendars & goodies on December 1st pandemic-appropriate neighbor-love wee Santa making deliveries riding through the Keizer Lights in the bed of Uncle Cameron’s pickup truck brace-face club visiting with Joseph & Mary’s sweet donkey, Poncho, at the live nativity feeling festive en route to Nana’s not a reindeer Nana asked me to bake, of course. (Snort! I kid. Much Older Sister did all that.) our 13th year assembling gingerbread houses the guys had a teensy project to tackle while we were there but their album drops next month, so preparing some special gifts feast of the seven fishes, japanese-style, Christmas Eve 15th year of Christmas jammies! I’m just not especially skilled, spacially our sweet church family delivered stockings to each one of the kids Papa enjoyed being a reindeer for this special delivery Husband’s a genius: two separate vehicles packed for two separate destinations Christmas at Papa & Grandma’s house Center Sister’s turn to ring the bell for brunch matchy makeshift napkin-bibs off to the beach with Husband’s fam and now we’re up to our ears in thank-yous, because we have much to be grateful for Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace, hail the Son of Righteousness; light and life to all He brings, risen with healing in His wings.