Christmas Gift Hunt and Dinner

Hey Friends – I am praying everyone is keeping well.

A few weeks back I was reading another blog and it had been mentioned that a couple would do a $10.00 gift hunt for one another and then go out for dinner and exchange their gifts.

So we gave it a try!

We had a blast, We live in a small community, so we stayed local and supported our local merchants! 

We had a little gift hunt, it was sweet, I mentioned to the young girl behind the counter what we were doing and she wrapped the gift for me!

Then, we met back up and went out for dinner at a favourite restaurant and exchanged our gifts – one thing I love about being from a small community is that there’s a few places I can go to that are the same as when I was 12 years old – I can remember going to the restaurant we choose when I was in grade school – in a world that’s always changing, it’s nice to go back to a place that’s familiar, that hasn’t changed, after all this time, it’s nostalgic.

My husband Jim got me an AWESOME sweater! ( I think he went over the $10.00 limit!) He’s so awesome! I have an underactive thyroid and FREEZE this time of year – he always knows just what I need! 

And I got him a travel cribbage game! He loves Crib, and the board we have is not very good and is missing all it’s pegs! So he loved it, he can take it camping with us too.

We left the 3 kids, at home, our oldest babysat – and went out for dinner – it’s been since the summer that we got to go out together, so it was nice.

We’re hoping to make it a tradition for every year!

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Visitors from Eastern Lands…

‘About that time some wise men from Eastern Lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.’ 

Not much is known about these ‘wise men‘. We don’t know where they come from or how many there were. Tradition says they were men of high position from Parthia, near the site of ancient Babylon. How did they know that the star represented the Messiah? (1) They could have been Jews who remained in Babylon after the Exile and knew the Old Testament predictions of the Messiah’s coming. (2) They may have been Easter astrologers who studied ancient manuscripts from around the world. Because of the Jewish Exile centuries earlier, they would have had copies of the Old Testament in their hands (3) They may have had a special message from God directing them to the Messiah. Some Scholars say these wise men were each from a different land, representing the entire world bowing before Jesus. These men from far away lands recognized Jesus as the Messiah when most of God’s chosen people in Isreal did not. Matthew pictures Jesus as the king over the whole world, not just Judea.

The wise men traveled thousands of miles to see the King of the Jews. When they finally found him, they responded with joy, worship and gifts. This is so different than the approach people take today. We expect God to come looking for us, to explain himself, prove who he is, and give us gifts. But those who are wise still seek and worship Jesus today, not for what they can get, but for who he is. 

The wise men said they saw Jesus’ star. Balaam refered to a coming “star…..from Jacob” (Numbers 24:17) some say this star may have been a conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Mars in 6 B.C., and others offer other explanations. But couldn’t God, who created the Heavens and the Earth, have created a special star to signal the arrival of his son? Whatever the nature of the star, these men traveled thousands of miles searching for a king, and they found him. 

STUDY NOTE: NLT Life Application Study Bible – Matthew 2:1-2

What are some of your Favorite Christmas Traditions?

The town I grew up in had no more than 200 people. It was a small town, the kind of place where you didn’t need to lock your door…And there were just a few family’s that put up Christmas lights – our family was not one of them( I should mention, my Mom was a single Mom, and had to work, often, there was no time to put up Christmas lights!)

But, I remember the few houses that did do lights and they were always beautiful.

I can remember laying in the snow, looking up at the lights as they would twinkle against the dark night sky – It was awesome.

So, as I have gotten older, one of the things that has started to be a tradition for my husband and kids and I, is driving around town to look at all the Christmas lights. We didn’t even mean for it to become a tradition- it just, sort-of has, because we do it every year and I actually look forward to it – the one thing that’s a little less work, a little less thinking of everyone else all the time – and doing something I actually enjoy, laughing, smiling, taking a break – owning a small sewing business and working from home, there’s not too many breaks…so I look forward to the easyness of this family tradition. Just enjoying each other’s company at Christmas time.

What are some of your favorite family traditions at Christmas time?

Another Thank You to all the bloggers out there….

It’s been a whirlwind of a ride around here! I appreciate all your likes, comments, follows, encouragement and support through this writing journey with me. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all of you friends! I have found such a nice community here and I just wanted to say thanks again friends! Looking forward to everyone’s future posts! Have a wonderful day!

A birthday party…

Today, we are celebrating my middle son’s 9th birthday! It’s a busy day! I am so grateful for this little miracle – all 4 of the children the Lord has blessed me with.

Just thankful to be his Mom, my kids are what saved me – I made alot of bad choices before I had children – So I am so very thankful they are here to join me on this journey of Life – and thankful to be his momma 💖

So..

 Happy Birthday Caleb Joseph ( you may recognize the names if you are a believer 😉)

May the Lord guide and Bless you,

Children

Too often children are seen as liabilities rather than assets. But the Bible calls children ‘a gift from the Lord’ , a reward. We can learn valuable lessons from their inquisitive minds and trusting spirits. Those who view children as a distraction or nuisance should instead see them as an opportunity to shape the future. We dare not treat children as an inconvenience when God values them so highly.

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warriors hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates. PSALM 127:3-5 NLT