Yesterday we arrived at my mother’s house for the usual traditional Christmas. It is just about the only time we see some of our family members and gather around a feast of food. As we finish up the dishes, the children are ready to open the gifts. When you purchase a gift for someone, sometimes it is thought out carefully and sometimes not. I know when I buy a gift for someone, I usually get something that they will like and it usually goes along with who they are in general. We decided not to get everyone a gift this year but just get a few items for all our teens. Under the tree there was a huge santa bag. Inside contained wrapped gifts with name tags precisely cut out from newspaper letters which all were unknown where they came from and everyone had something. Some of the names were spelled wrong but I believe on purpose. Here is what we got….
Caitlin received dog poop bags and a magic kit, Jordan got an axe, I got a hair bump it, and the list goes on. It was quite funny to see what was in the bag which all surprised us all. We were trying to figure out who would want us to get such outrageous gifts that would make us question our own identity and our eyes bug out. Knowing the comical brother of mine, I had a feeling he was behind it all. These gifts seem to make everyone hyper and want to use their gifts. Bryson jumped up and took the deer head mount off the wall and stuck it on top of his head to walk through the house. Jordan chased after him with the axe. Lyle had the nunchucks swinging them around and yelling chinese jiberish. It was quite a sight to see but we all had fun family time and laughed at the madness.
This was the first year Natalie’s boyfriend, Jacob came and spent with our family. There he sat on the couch watching the entire layout of madness. He is laid back and quiet while observing all of this, however he did have a smile on his face. Sometimes I think our family is a little loud, a little crazy and we all have you know, one crazy in the bunch just like all families. I did not purchase not one single vest this year for Christmas since last years episode, and you can read about it from my blog titled, Merry Christ’vest
Today is the last day of this celebration holidays. One more family meal to go and I will be cooking all day. The boys will open the perfect gift or at least I think they will…. gift cards. Hopefully Santa won’t surprise us with any more outrageous gifts that make our eyes bug out, but if he does, I will be thankful and I will laugh.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I am thankful for your blessings and for your love that you give us. I will treasure each moment because you have given us a time, a life and a gift to share with all. Help us all continue to see the happiness and find the good in all our gifts we may receive. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Romans 8:39 New International Version (©1984)
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.