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.
December 19th 2016
SIX. MORE. DAYS!!
You GIRLS did such a wonderful job singing for the FOLKS at the nursing home. I imagine a lot of them don’t get MANY visitors and sadly, some may not get any at all. You were DIFFERENCE makers today and you shone your light upon PART of the world. For that, you should feel proud.
Yesterday, we didn’t make a single TOY. Can you believe that? This close to the BIG day and we didn’t make TOYS or even practice for Santa’s BIG launch. Today was a day of worship and we took it seriously. It’s important for everyone, even us elves, to stop and REFLECT and REMEMBER the REASON for the season. Everything here at the Pole was still and quiet…and just filled with the peace of that only Christ can give.
We actually caught a live stream of Pastor John’s sermon. Wow! It was incredible! We all loved hearing the story behind the SONG, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem. I like how he mentioned that Bethlehem was so small, BARELY a dot on the map and yet it was PROPHISIZED that ruler of Israel would come from THERE. I just love that God doesn’t care WHERE we come from, doesn’t care HOW much money we have or how many THINGS we can call our own. What matters is our PERSONAL relationship with Him and how we LIVE our LIVES as close to Christ-like as we possibly can. No matter where we are at any given POINT in our lives, we can become and do GREAT things.
The MOST powerful part of the message today, however, was during BAPTISM when Pastor John said that God Loves Us even before We can Love Him. Kind of like how even before we’re EVEN a dot on the MAP, we are loved to an unfathomable degree. It’s something nice to keep TUCKED away in the pockets of our HEART.
Today is a BIG day! We start practicing for the BIG NIGHT! Mrs. Claus will start us off right with a PILE of cookie pancakes smothered in cookie-flavored syrup. Breakfast of champions for sure!
Lot of love and kindness this week okay, girls? Work hard in school like you always do and enjoy every moment of Christmas.
We love you! Merry Christmas!
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