It's the day after Christmas and all through the house there are Legos and cookies and the cat's new toy mouse. The stockings are dumped and there's not much left there, the candy is eaten, the fireplace is bare. The children are snuggled down warm in their beds, it took them long hours to quiet their heads. Mom is up cleaning the crumpled bows and the wrap, she's knowing that later she may need a nap. When up the stairs there arose such a clatter, the kids started to rouse and there's laughter and chatter. Out of their rooms they fly like a flash, they have all their toys out in one loud mad dash. Their smiles and cheeriness let Mom and Dad know, the Christmas they planned wasn't all just for show.
With the festivities over and the decorations being packed away, how can we hold onto the feeling of Christmas in our hearts? Each year the members of my family choose a gift to give to Christ for Christmas. We write down a service we will give, or a change we will make, and it gives us a jump start at bettering ourselves in the new year. Although the tree will get packed up and the nativity will be wrapped and put away, we can remember the true gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ. His birth was a miracle, His life was an example, and His Atonement, Death, and Resurrection are the biggest gifts we can ever open. The Gift of God's Son allows Joy and Peace to come into our lives. I hope that as the candy canes disappear and the ornaments are packed away until next year, I can remember to try a little harder to show appreciation for the gift of a Savior.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from my family to yours!
How do you keep Christmas forever in your heart?