A Tale of Four Christmases

Today was (hopefully) the last frigid day of a very long winter, so I decided to do a little reminiscing on the blog and then move happily on to spring.

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that Josh and I really want to live a life of celebration.  Christmas is the best reason to celebrate.  I love that God Himself celebrated the birth of His Son.

“That same night, in amongst the other stars, suddenly a bright new star appeared….You see, God was like a new daddy–he couldn’t keep the good news to himself.  He’d been waiting all these long years for this moment, and now he wanted to tell everyone.  So he pulled out all the stops.  He’d sent an angel to tell Mary the good news.  He’d put a special star in the sky to show where his boy was.  And now he was going to send a big choir of angels to sing his happy song to the world:  He’s here! He’s come! Go and see him.  My little Boy. “

 -The Jesus Storybook Bible

 CELEBRATION ONE: Christmas Cookie Party with the Kids we Tutor

Josh and I have spent our year tutoring some awesome kids at the Detroit Public School right across the street from our home.  This marks my 6th year as a tutor in the public schools and I can’t encourage you enough to become a mentor to a child.  It’s awesome.  This year, we decided to throw a little Christmas cookie party- complete with real invitations for our Wednesday kids and their families.  It was a big hit for all. 
Christmas Cookie PartyChristmas Cookie PartyChristmas Cookie PartyLuke being loved on

CELEBRATION TWO: Our Second-Annual Christmas Eve Brunch 

Christmas Eve was my favorite day of the year as a child.  It was also my grandparents’ anniversary, so all of my cousins and aunts and uncles would gather at their house for a memorable time together.  As Josh and I talked about our family traditions, we decided we’d like our home to be filled with that same feeling of celebration the day before Christmas.  This year, we expanded our Christmas Eve brunch invites from family to close friends and neighbors.  Why keep a good family gathering to ourselves?  It was so fun to bring more people into our new tradition.  Brunch food was consumed well into the dinner hour as we played games up until the time of the Christmas Eve service at church.Christmas Eve BrunchPaul and Josh and FamiliesIMG_9049There were are few personal Christmas gifts exchanged like Lee’s McDonald’s gift card (one of his favorite restaurants) and Danae’s club for the steering wheel of her car (we’re so glad she’s become such a regular visitor in Detroit)!
McDonalds gift card- Merry christmas!Getting a Club for ChristmasWe took Christmas Eve as the opportunity to announce that there’s another baby on the way.  We didn’t say anything, we just waited for our friends and family to notice the stockings hung by our chimney with care.

Important AnnouncementThis type of news is a very good gift for Grandmas.

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CELEBRATION THREE: Christmas Day

Josh and I decided against doing presents for each other this year.  It was one we won’t repeat again.  We also weren’t going to get anything for Luke (we figured he wouldn’t remember or care), but I had a real crisis moment in Meijer one night.  I’m so thankful we decided to spend $14 on our kid. He LOVED his little present from us.  It was a new kind of wonder and joy for him to experience.  Luke's First Christmas

After a sweet little family day with our baby, we headed up to Milford for dinner with Josh’s family and their best friends.  I’m so thankful we have family in the area to gather with.

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CELEBRATION FOUR:  Post-Christmas Brunch with the ‘Ol SpringHill Team

There are few gatherings I love more than those with the camp directors I worked so closely with at SpringHill Camps.  Though we live in different cities (and states) and some of us have moved on to different ministries, we still think of ourselves as a team.  With quite a few of us in the Detroit area for the holidays, we gathered for brunch at our house the morning after Christmas.  The hard part was that our short time together made me miss this team even more.   I’m sure we’ll find a way to arrange for all our boys to be in the same cabin someday at SpringHill.

The Old Team at Chirstmas BrunchThe Fraz and Isaac

“God himself was going to come.  Not to punish his people–but to rescue them.  God was getting ready to wipe away every tear from every eye.  And the true party was just about to begin….”

-The Jesus Storybook Bible

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