What in the world could Bugg be doing?
Clue: We watched something tonight.
Clue 2: It was about Christmas.
Clue 3: It was INSPIRING!
The First Presidency Christmas Devotional!
The talks & MoTab music always motivate me to celebrate
Christmas in a more meaningful way.
Every year, just around Thanksgiving time,
my mind goes wild about all the upcoming festivities:
decking the halls with popcorn garlands,
filling the advent calendars,
homemade gift plans,
searching out perfect Christmas candy
to fill stockings,
which cookies I'll make,
what we'll do, see, watch, make, & on!
In other words, excitement turns to s t r e s s.
And then, just when December hits,
I feel it.
This overwhelming desire to simplify.
To get down to the real celebration of Christmas:
Celebrating the birth of the Savior.
Ahhhh, peace, love, joy.
The spirit of Christmas enters my heart
and I'm happy.
And that feeling is just reinforced when we watch the
Mmmmm, I love Christmas.
(the candle we burn each night as we read)
And oh, yes, we've decked the halls with popcorn/cranberry garlands,
I went to Cummings' (after going to Shriners with Bugg) to get candy for the stockings,
and I've got some cookie tricks to reveal soon,
but I feel focused and centered now.
If the piddly things don't get done,
As long as the important stuff happens,
the things that will make this Christmas memorable,
then that is what really matters.
One of the things we do every evening to celebrate is
read together about Christ.
Sometimes it's scriptures, sometimes a Christmas story about service,
then we sing a carol and pray.
It is special and beautiful.
On Christmas Eve, we'll carol the children to bed
by candlelight and tuck them in with stuffed bears
fresh from the hot dryer.
Okay, so the piddly stuff has its place!
Just making a moment extra magical!!
Tell me, if you please,
how do you make this season meaningful?