Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Elves are Back: The Twenty-Fourth Day of Christmas 2015

For a few years now, elves from the North Pole have stopped in on our little abode starting at midnight on the first day of Christmas. Leaving little trinkets - gum, Hershey Kisses, notepads etc. - but also leaving behind a letter for the girls to appreciate. The appreciation may not register until further down the road, but I have a feeling each letter represents a seed that will either flourish or dry up all depending on how well it's cared for and applied. The letters, while giving some sense of what goes on up north during this hectic time of year, also share anecdotal notes on life as well as the true meaning of Christmas.

The Twenty-Fourth Day of Christmas:

Christmas Eve 2015

When I woke up this morning – mostly due to my roommate’s bear-like snoring – I stretched and breathed in the new morning! I knew it was going to be great day! You see, I’m not just an elf that makes toys, but I’m also an elf with a family. Yes, my snoring roommate is my wife and we have eight kids. I just love being with my family. Not just at Christmas, but there’s just some extra magic around this time.

So, even though our home can get loud – as I’m sure yours can too – there’s something beneath all of that. Something deeper…something amazing. You need to understand that being part of a family means you are part of something that you can never completely be away from. For better for worse, you have them…forever.

I know something about your family. Your family, no matter how loud or how crazy it seems to get, is and always will be there for you. It’s something that can be easily explained, but the love your mommy and daddy have for you is beyond ordinary. It’s extraordinary.

So through all the ups and downs , the good times and the times you wish you could go back and do all over – or just wish didn’t happen at all – your family is a very important unit. You are  a team. And a team is not about one person. Everybody is equally important, equally special, equally loved. You will all go through rough times at one point or another and will need to know that you family will always be there. But not just during the rough times, it’s just as important to be there for celebrations. Dreams will be achieved. New family members will be born…lots of special moments. They are special because family is reunited and the love for one another shines like a Christmas tree.

Just remember that when you’re around family, you are around something God created. Something strong. Something vested in you one thousand percent. Because after the presents are opened and the “winter” weather turns into spring and then summer, and after things change and change again there is one thing you girls will always have. Can you guess? That’s right! Family.

You are part of something amazing. Never forget.

Merry Christmas!

Your Elves,

Dreamer, Believer and Love

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