It's the most wonderful time of the year!
But it seems to be going on and on and on and on. I guess that's what happens when Christmas festivities get started right after Thanksgiving, and keep up for the full month of December. I even had a brief moment the other morning when I thought that Christmas had already happened! Who could blame me really, when I've already watched Santa "arrive" in a nearby town, "had lunch" with him at my daughter's school, watched two musical programs by my children's classes, prepared for two parties for my children's classes, participated in the church's Christmas pageant, and wrapped and shipped off Christmas presents to my family members who will be in other parts of the country over the holiday. You mean, it's not over yet??
But there have been some fun postal-themed elements to our holiday this year that I want to share with you. First, at my daughter's school, they each got to write letters to Santa and post them right to the North Pole:
When I picked up napkins for my daughter's classroom Christmas party, I loved the postal-theme on them, as well.
She also found some peg clothespins in our craft stash and decided, completely unprompted by me, to create her own nativity scene. She presented it to me when she was finished by setting it up in front of a nativity in our bedroom:
I am feeling a major need to take this last week before Christmas to really refocus on the true meaning of the holiday. I've had enough Santa, enough candy canes, enough gift wrapping and "Jingle Bells." It's time to settle myself down and really prepare my heart for this celebration of the great gift of Jesus, born into this world to be our Savior.
However you are spending this holiday season, I hope that it is filled with joy, health, contentment, and creativity....happy holidays!