The last few days have been so busy, but so much fun. Since Tuesday night, we've attended five Christmas gatherings (we hosted two of them), plus Santa...and we have one more to go to tomorrow! Rather than getting caught up in the rush (and sometimes stress) of it all, B and I reminded ourselves often how blessed we are to have so many loved ones in our lives. We loved spending time with family, and watching Aniston open gifts. I'm not sure how many times we heard her say, "This is just what I always wanted!" but it was a lot and it was pretty precious every time. :)
Aniston was very into Santa this year, and very worried he didn't have her "number". (Phone number? Street address?) She was also concerned he would fall out of his sleigh. We don't have a chimney, so that was a huge issue too. Luckily, though, he didn't fall out of his sleigh, was able to find her, and the lack of a chimney wasn't a problem for him. All was right with the world on Christmas morning. (And there was no mention of the unicorn she wanted. Whew.) Just like last year, I don't have many pictures of Christmas morning because I was videoing instead. Santa brought lots of Doc McStuffins stuff--including a clinic and mobile clinic. Aniston had been asking for those for the longest time, and was so excited to see them by the tree.
We talked a lot with Aniston about the true meaning of Christmas, about Jesus being born and what that meant for us and the world. Reading the Christmas story on Christmas morning is a favorite tradition, and this year we read from Aniston's The Jesus Storybook Bible. (Which is great, by the way, if you're looking for a children's Bible. We also love the Jesus Calling Bible.)
One of my favorite Christmas songs this year was Chris Tomlin's version of "Joy to the World." The band at church played it several Sundays in December...which meant I got to hear it being practiced several weeks. ;) I'm so thankful for the joy of Christmas and a merciful Savior!