December 25th 2017 – CHRISTMAS DAY!
Merry, Merry Christmas, Graybill girls! Has it really been a year already?! My how you have grown! It has been a joy and a pleasure watching you right smack dab in the middle of childhood learning, growing and discovering. We talk about the Graybill girls all the time up here. Mrs. Claus always pats her heart when you’re mentioned and says, “Such wonderful sweetness. If only I could bake a cookie that sweet.”
Do you know why we love and adore you so much? Well, one reason is we see the light of Christ shine in and through you. You’re still young and still growing, but we truly believe that amazing things are in store for you. Continue to keep Christ in your hearts. Everything we have and everything that happens to us, we need to express our gratitude to Him.
Thank you so much for you notes. I will certainly tell the elves how appreciative you are for the gifts. I am also appreciative that all three of you seem to know that it’s not about the gifts under the tree (or in stacks on the couch J), but the gift of our Savior being brought to earth to be close to us and to show us and to teach us how to live a life of grace, faith, love and kindness.
There is something I want to share with you that I think you know, but not every child does. Although my face is often associated with Christmas – and I really wish it wasn’t sometimes, or so much anyway – it’s not me that makes it Christmas. All I do is give. And I do that from the bottom of my heart. Nothing makes happier. Giving is Christmas, because, as you know, Christ was our gift. Salvation is our gift for believing in Him. I just try to do my part. You see, I’ve been around a long time. My giving started when I received a lot of money one day. And instead of spending it on myself, I used it to give to the less fortunate. Christ commanded us to extend kindness and grace to the less fortunate.
I do not heal. I do not answer prayers. I am not Almighty. I am simply a man that tries to live every day with Christ in my heart. It’s not always easy. We get caught up in bad choices or find ourselves in poisonous relationships and before you know it, we’re in a rut. And we get comfortable in that rut. Then we make excuses as to why the rut is okay. Girls, please listen when I say, keep the light of Christ on in your hearts every moment of every day. You’ll feel that light every time you show kindness or give something from your heart. It’s a wonderful feeling. Your spirit feels like it’s soaring with the angels. Hold onto to that feeling and spread it around. You are some of the most beautiful girls in the world. The world needs that beauty. Put more love into the world so people can capture it and pass it on.
Keep up the tremendous work in school. Mrs. Claus and I are blown away at how well all of you are doing. We love you with all of our hearts and our hearts are warmed by the thought that girls such as yourself are out there learning to be the light. Praise the Lord!
Don’t forget to take a moment today to acknowledge why it is we are opening and giving gifts. Too many people give out gifts and their hearts are black and cold because they don’t know the child behind it all. That’s where you can make a difference in someone’s life. Believe it!
Have a wonderful day! Say hello to your Uncle Ehren for me. He’s a good giver and a good man. You three are blessed to have such wonderful family.
With love from all of us at the North Pole,