This was the time during Christmas where I felt the Spirit and meaning of Christmas the most this year. Aunt Megan (Derek's sister) organized the grandchildren and they presented the nativity scene with the words of the Christmas story from the book of Luke in the Bible. Then Derek's Dad spoke about the Shepherds and the sign given by the angel -- that they would find the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. Next my girls and I sang my Christmas song, Light Came Shining. Finally, the whole family sang a couple of songs (What Child Is This? and I Know That My Redeemer Lives), and headed to the cemetery where we put candles on the graves of Derek's brother Alex, and his Grandma and Grandpa Christensen. We sang Silent Night and Angels We Have Heard on High. I love music, and its power to bring the Spirit to an occasion!
I enjoyed all of it, and felt really blessed to have all of my children with us. This was a great start to a merry Christmas.
|Tia, Trisa, Kayli, Sherie|