Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Christmas Magic

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We celebrated a gloriously low-key Christmas, full of just the five of us.  Our day was full: excited early-risers; many snuggles; ample time to play, read, nap, enjoy favorite treats, and sled.  We've never spent Christmas Day entirely on our own before, and the slower pace was exactly what we needed this year. Some of us didn't change out of our pajamas all day. And it was heavenly! ;)

More than anything, we were able to focus more on each other and the meaning behind the beautiful occasion we were celebrating: the birth of our Savior.

"There is a magic in Christmas. Hearts are opened to a new measure of kindness. Love speaks with increased power. Tensions are eased...

"Of all things of heaven and earth of which we bear testimony, none is so important as our witness that Jesus, the Christmas child, condescended to come to earth from the realms of His Eternal Father, here to work among men as healer and teacher, our Great Exemplar. And further, and most important, He suffered on Calvary's cross as an atoning sacrifice for all mankind.

"At this time of Christmas, this season when gifts are given, let us not forget that God gave His Son, and His Son gave His life, that each of us might have the gift of eternal life" (Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Son of God," Ensign, Dec 1992, 2).


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