A Blessed Christmas

December 08.10, originally uploaded by sunshine0216.

Despite being out of a job, coupled with the daily chaos, the secular world hounding us to buy, buy, buy, and trying to raise 4 boys to go against the grain, Christmas was filled with a host of blessings. Oliver was thrilled to see his train table which now takes up a third of his room. It will make for hours and hours of creative, imaginative play, and already has. Keeping Linus from tearing the tracks apart like Godzilla is another issue.

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Noah's most exciting gift was a standing basketaball backboard for the driveway. Once it's assembled, I'm sure I'll never get him in the house...cold or no cold.

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Linus appears to be a budding percussionist (or tightrope walker) so Santa saw fit to give him a drum...and harmonica....and maracas. We're trying to discourage the tightrope walking and related circus-like stunts, and thankfully Santa agreed.

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Peter's favorite was a new Star Wars Lego, although I couldn't believe that there was one he didn't have...obviously I was wrong.
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Steven got a homemade nightshirt and sleeping cap with a tassle. The tassle was a must, and part of the request. I HATE following patterns, and sewing adult clothes is not my specialty, so it was definately a labor or love.

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He also insisted on traditional wassail, and made it himself. Definately NOT my cup of tea, but his mom and grandmother liked it. It looks yummy though!

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The true spirit of the day resonates most in the few minutes I spent with an old homeless man that we see often when coming home from church. Steven and I had separate cars, and I didn't have any money in my wallet...I stopped anyway thinking the least I could do is give him a little of my time. I spent a few minutes digging through my purse and the car for change sobbing the whole time thinking "it's Christmas, I can't leave him out here on Christmas". I felt like a bafoon...I'm usually smiling and talkative. He chatted cheerfully, and was grateful for the 5 or 6 dollars I was able to dig up. I offered to go get some blankets and food, and as always he said what I'd done was enough. I wonder how many other "regular donors" he has, and if any of them realize that his are the eyes of Our Lord.

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