Note: New Traditions
I'll say it once + I'll say it 10000 times over + over - I am so excited for Christmas with Jack! Not gonna lie - Christmas gets kind of boring as you get older. You stop really wanting things, you get in the same routines, and the magic kind of fades. But getting to share traditions you had growing up with your babe, and making new ones for your new family - oh my goodness, it's the sweetest.
Cody + I have been talking about traditions we would do with Jack at Christmas for as long as we've been married. Of course, years ago, we didn't know if we would have a boy or a girl, what we would name them, but we did know a few things we wanted to pass down from our families + start new with our new family.
It's really important to both of us that Jack know the true meaning of Christmas. Yes, Santa + cookies + gifts + The Polar Express are all fabulous, but when it comes down to it, I want Jack to know Christmas isn't about buying out Toys R Us, it's about the fact that God came to be with us. The Creator that formed his little toes + feet when he was still in my tummy. That same God. He was here. He lived on this earth. He lived + died for us. I want Jack to know that.
So the other day when I was playing with Jack in Barnes and Nobles and saw Star From Afar, I knew we would be adding this to our Christmas Traditions. Star From Afar is kind of like Elf on the Shelf - except not annoying lol - and it actually teaches your children an important lesson. To play, you set up the nativity scene somewhere central where your kids will see it daily. It becomes a game of hide + seek. You hide the star each night. When your kiddos get up, they hunt for the star, and when they find it, they bring the wise men to it. There's also a book with scriptures you can read with your children each day. On Christmas Morning, your kiddos find the star on top of the stable + all three wise men come to rest + worship Jesus.
I LOVE THIS. Jack is very small + doesn't understand everything right now, but I love starting this tradition with him now. We try to read through the book, and then I let him play with the different characters - he loves it!
Ya'll. I don't know about you but motherhood has brought many challenges + many tears, but the joy + hope that has come along with it is immeasurable. I simply cannot hold this sweet little babe in my arms + doubt the sovereignty, grace + love of our Heavenly Father. In my darkest times, he has held my hand, and in the brightest times, he has laughed right alongside me. I want Jack to know that kind of love. I want him to know that he is absolutely never alone. I want him to know that the God that created the grass + leaves + sun that he loves so much, also took the time to carefully craft + form him too. One day, Jack will be older + he will choose what he believes + I love that = that we all have a choice. But as long as I'm momming in this house, I will do all I can to point him to our Savior - in the way I love him, in the way I love his Dad, in the way I treat those around me + yes, even in the little traditions we start in our home for Christmas.