Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Seeing Christmas

"I want to see Christmas."

This is Luke's way of saying that he wants to see more Christmas decorations as we're driving home. Or, that he wants our Christmas tree lights turned on.

Ashley, ever the big sister, was very happy to tell him that he wasn't seeing "Christmas" because Christmas is a day and you can't see it.

But after several discussions about how Christmas means different things to different people, she has now joined Luke in "seeing Christmas" in a variety of settings. And it's made me think about all the places and all the ways that I see Christmas:
  • The first snowfall and watching the joy of my children as they run through the new snow.
  • When Ashley helps Luke get his breakfast in the mornings.
  • In Luke and Ashley's renditions of Christmas songs.
  • Watching the young moms I work with as they strive to overcome barriers to make life better for themselves and their children.
  • In the early morning snuggles and cuddles with the kids before the alarm goes off (or after we've hit the snooze button for "just a few more minutes" before we get up to face the day)
  • When Luke offers popcorn (his very favorite snack) to Ashley (without any prompting).
  • In the smiles and giggles of children as they sit in the lap of Santa.
  • When my daughter insists that we put money in the Salvation Army kettle "because it's for people who don't get to have Christmas like us."

Where do you find Christmas?

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