Friday, January 15, 2016

The Elves are Back: The Twenty-Second 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-Second Day of Christmas:

December 22, 2015

Good morning, Graybill Angels! 

Welcome to the first day of winter! It is also the day before the day before Christmas. So, where’s all the snow?! Where’s the snowman that’s going to greet Santa and the reindeer in two more nights? Oh, well. Christmas, although is more beautiful with snow on the branches, but all you need is family. Gifts are fun, but it’s not our gifts that we give or receive that even makes Christmas important. Christmas can be narrowed down to one Bible verse: For God so loved the world – that would be me and you – He gave His only son and whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. That’s John 3:16. And it’s easy not to realize that Christmas is the season of John 3:16. It’s the day we celebrate God giving His son to the world. I’m so glad that you believe in Jesus. It warms my heart to see young children going to church and saying prayers and believing in something greater than themselves. You girls are so blessed. Please make sure you continue to take time each day and give thanks for all that you have.

Up north is kind of KERR RAZE EE! The reindeer got out and broke into the kitchen and started eating all of the cookies. Santa sent an elf in there to take care of it all. Turns out that elf ate more cookies than the reindeer. The elf felt so ashamed that he ran off and got lost out in a blizzard. All toy production shut down…ALL OF IT…so we could all go look for him. We packed up our hiking-in-a-blizzard gear and headed out. Thankfully we didn’t get far before we realized the elf never ran off…well, he did, but he didn’t run off as in runaway. Turns out he just ran really fast to the bathroom. Mrs. Claus tends to sneak a lot of fiber into her cookies. Anyway, toy production is in full swing and Santa is ready and excited to set sail. So make sure you keep your bedrooms clean and show love to one another because he really wants to come to your house.

You girls are the sweetest! We love you ! Merry Christmas!

Your Elves,

Tinker Tinker, Ring-a-Ring-a-Ding-Ding & Joe

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