I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. For the last four years we have celebrated in our home, as we wanted to create our own traditions with our children. This year, last minute, we decided to take the show on the road and headed to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (where I grew up) to spend it with my family.
It took a lot of organizing, with Santa gifts and Elf on the shelf (Little Rosebook), whom magically appeared in a glass jar the day we were leaving. This idea worked brilliantly, as Elle was able to also take her to school that day for her show and share. She was so elated! It was an exciting day for both her and Ivy. I made sure to download lots of Christmas movies and they enjoyed watching them and listening to Christmas music along the drive, with Little Rosebook in tote!
When we arrived in Cape Breton, we had family waiting for us (and fresh pizza from our favourite pizza shop!). From that moment, we didn’t stop the entire time we were there. It was tho, go, go! Thankfully, we were able to sleep in a bit each day, as my mom and family spent time with the kiddos – which was nice. We attended a lovely candle light Christmas Eve service (tradition) at my old church. Each family member took a turn hosting gatherings every evening. When it came time to head back to New Brunswick, they did their best to convinced us to stay an extra day (sicking the kids on us). I’m so glad we did tho! It was a lovely relaxing evening and Elle & Ivy were able to have a sleepover with gb for cousin Violet. So fun watching them play and bond.
I couldn’t imagine a more perfect Christmas. As I thought of the last two Christmases, trying to put worries of possible health issues to the back burner, I was so happy to just enjoy my girls and our family year; watch movies, drink eggnog and worry about some superficial stuff for a change – like the lights on the tree burning out and needing to find the dead one! Ugh! Haha!!
In all seriousness, one thing I will always be thankful for is my positive medical report two Christmases ago. After being diagnosed with cancer and needing major surgery, I received a “no cancer found” pathology report. It was a true Christmas miracle. It will forever be the best Christmas gift I have ever received. One money cannot buy. I thank God all the time for this beautiful gift.
I also thank Him for sending His only son, who didn’t just die for our sins, but he took on our diseases (Matthew 8:17). He was the perfect sacrifice and died in our place and by His stripes we are healed(Isaiah 53:5). Without the birth of our saviour, we wouldn’t have the hope we do in this life and eternity. For that, I am forever grateful.
Christmas is a beautiful season. It’s one of my favourite holidays and I love seeing Elle & Ivy enjoy all the fun filled traditions, but along with all that, one thing we make sure they know for certain, is the true reason we celebrate: the birth of our lord Jesus Christ, saviour of the world. We adore Him above all else and this is His birthday.
This season, I pray that you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope, and the peace of His love at Christmas and always. Sharing with you the Glory, the Wonder, the Miracle of this Holy Season. May you and yours have a Blessed Christmas season.