Is anyone else having a hard time believing it is December already?! Christmas is right around the corner, and I am just so excited. This will be the first time in several Christmases that we have lived near family, and it has already been so fun celebrating the season with them. Not to mention the amazing experience it has been watching Bonnie slowly begin to grasp the concept of Christmas. I’ve been doing short Advent lessons with her daily, and she gets that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, but is far more concerned with things like the Grinch, reindeer, presents, Frozen, and Santa Clause.
And speaking of Santa Clause…
I really didn’t anticipate Bonnie asking so many questions or being so interested in Santa Clause this year. But she is, and I am really uncertain of how to respond. Growing up, my sister nor I ever believed in Santa. We never felt like we were missing out by not believing in him. It just was not an issue. But here we are in the first week of December, and Bonnie is already noticing Santa everywhere. I’ve been a bit caught off guard, and will have to make some decisions about how we will respond to her questions in the future.
To clarify: I am happy to talk about Santa, take her to sit in his lap, and watch movies or read books about it. I’m fine with pretending. I am just not fine with flat-out lying.
We went to a local Christmas parade with my parents and sister over the weekend, and had such a blast getting bundled up and spending time together. Well, Audrey fell asleep, but the rest of us enjoyed the festivities!I have struggled a bit with some depression since Audrey’s birth. I’ve not talked about it, because I have felt so guilty over it. And I don’t know if it has been hormonal, or circumstantial, or completely spiritual. It isn’t Audrey. She’s wonderful and perfect. But whatever it was, I am feeling more and more like myself all the time, and just in time to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the muck and mire; He set my feet upon a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”