Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Holland's First Christmas - Part 2

A few things I want to remember...

1. The amazing gift from my parents.

My mom and dad put a lot of time, thought, and love into packaging up a “12 Days of Christmas”  box for us and each of my siblings and their families. The focus was on Christ, on family and on serving and living as true disciples of our Savior. It was definitely a special and thoughtful gift that continues to keep on giving. We LOVED opening each gift and following the instructions. It definitely went hand-in-hand with our own attempt at trying to have the true meaning of Christmas be first and foremost this Christmas and those to come.

I'm not sure you can tell from the photo, but there were things like: a cake mix and frosting with instructions to share it with your family. Ingredients to make cookies with instructions to take them to a friend/neighbor. A CD of spiritual music to listen to as a family. Thank you cards with instructions to always be grateful and make sure you express your gratitude. A book about Gospel Principles to read together as a family throughout the year. A calendar.  Etc. Etc.

And each day that the gift was opened and a service was completed you were to put straw in the basket/manager - preparing it for Christ's birth. Amazing, amazing, amazing. Best gift EVER!

2. The way our baby looked on her  first Christmas. (oh those lips!)

 3. Our Christmas Tree.  (just so I can make sure next year's tree is...ahem...better!)

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