Sunday, December 4, 2016

Elf Letters 2016: Night Four

For the last several years, Elves - with very interesting names - from the North Pole have come to visit our home beginning at midnight on the first day of December. They leave little trinkets for each of our daughters, but more importantly they leave a letter for them to read each morning. The great thing about the letters, that I've come to realize and appreciate, is that they each serve a purpose. They are not just quickly written notes on Post-its, but instead are filled with the importance of family, the real meaning of Christmas and a reminder of how special and beautiful (and fortunate) they each are. I look forward to their visits as much as the girls do.

The Fourth of DECEMBER

Good morning! Good morning! Good morning!

I am in such a good mood today. We ALL are! What a productive night at the POLE yesterday. For the first time in a long time we are ahead of schedule so Santa gave us the afternoon off. All of the ELVES gathered on the EAST hillside to have our weekly snowball battle. Oh, boy, it was FUN! I got walloped in the nose three times and I didn’t even care because we were having such a good time.

Sorry to hear that one of you isn’t feeling the greatest. We’re praying for all of you to have a healthy Christmas SEASON. Being sick at Christmas is like HOT chocolate without marshmallows. It just plain stinks!

But I’m glad some of you were  able to go to the parade in Manassas. I know it was cold, but I bet you’ll remember that time with you DADDY.  Maybe that’s something you can put in your journal using the notepad and pencils we gave you during OUR visits. Tonight’s gift aren’t just regular candy canes. They are SWEETTART candy canes.

Do you know where candy canes originated from? Again, it takes us back to Germany. Some believe that in 1670 a choirmaster was tired of all the noise the kids WERE making while he was trying to TEACH so he asked a candy-maker to make some sweet-sticks. But he had to be able to EXPLAIN why he was giving candy to KIDS. So he asked the candy-maker to shape them like a shepherd’s hook that would remind them that shepherds were some of the guest that visited Jesus on the very first Christmas. The WHITE part of the candy cane was used to teach about the purity of JESUS – the only sinless man that ever walked on EARTH.

We want you girls to do us a favor…and I know your parents will like this idea too. We would like you to spend time praying FOR all those less fortunate than you. We would like YOU to PRAY for the people that may not have a HOME or may have lost THEIR job. Pray for the children that go HOME Friday from school and don’t eat again until Monday. Pray for your military, your leaders, your neighbors and friends. It’s so important to PRAY because it’s a gift HE gave us to be able to have communication with HIM. Think about how amazing that is. We get to have conversations with the CREATOR of the universe! It’s important to know too that praying doesn’t inform God – because He already KNOWS everything, but it INVOLVES God. And THAT is something I am deeply thankful for.

We love you girls and are so proud of you. Think about what you can GIVE this SEASON. I think one thing that I will give is a KIND word more often. I think kind words go a long way.

It seems like we ELVES have been a little long-winded this year with our letters. I hope you don’t mind. Enjoy your treat, but enjoy your time together as a family even more.


We Love You!
YOUR Elves,

Popcorn, Milky Way and Apple Crisp

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