Our Elf, Buddy, returned from the North Pole this morning and brought our new Christmas plates, cups, placemats, and breakfast with him! Powdered donuts! YUM! He also brought the new the nativity set.
Jeff, Buddy wrote brought the most wonderful letter too:
Dear Hudson and Landree,
I am so excited about coming to see you again this year. There are only 29 days left until Santa comes, and he wanted me to come here to look after you. He wanted me to make sure you two are obeying your parents, being a good listener, and being kind to each other. I want to remind you again not to touch me or move me, but that I am always watching you.
Bust I mostly wanted to talk to you about why we celebrate Christmas. Some people think it is all about toys and presents from Santa. But we both want you to know what it is really about. It is celebrating the birthday of Jesus. Jesus was God’s son, whom He sent to die for us, so that all of the bad things we do, can be forgiven, and so that we can have a personal relationship with Jesus. He died for us so we could know Him more.
Christmas is all about celebrating that God sent you and I his son to be the savior of the world. Look for ways you can give to other people. Look for ways you can tell others about what Jesus did. And always remember that Christmas is all about Jesus, and the greatest gift He ever gave. That was dying for us.
I love you, I will see you every day until Christmas.
P.S. Enjoy your new manger!
After breakfast we watched the Elf on the Shelf special that was on TV last night. It was so cute. Landree loved it! I’m so excited to begin all of our Christmas traditions! I plan on doing a combination of an advent with activities we already have planned along with a little bit of Christmas RACKing. I now it’s unrealistic to plan something everyday with traveling and being out of town, but I really want the kids to know that Christmas is so much for than just presents (even though our kids get way too much and they are fun!) I want them to love the time of year, and the traditions, and time with family, and celebrate the birth of our Savior.
We’ve been decorated for about a month and a half. I took Santa pictures here last week so we are in full Christmas swing! I love this time of year!