After lunch with the Hamachers, we headed home for naps and then got dressed for the Christmas Eve service at church. I love evening candle-light services and this year was special since Magnolia was an angle in the Nativity scene.
Here are the girls dressed and ready for church enjoying the last hours with their pacis (more on that later).It's hard to teach kids, especially little ones, how Christmas, Jesus, decorated trees and lights and Santa Claus are all related. With almost everyone celebrating Christmas in one way or another regardless of their beliefs, I even feel confused sometimes. The season has become so mainstream that Jesus seems to be lost in the hustle and bustle. Santa visits our house, but we don't over accentuate him...except this year when we made Santa do the dirty work for us (more on that later). It's hard to make a 3 year old think of Jesus during Christmastime when Santa is EVERYWHERE. I read Charlie Brown's Christmas to Magnolia in December and towards the end of the book, Linus recites the true meaning of Christmas. I was very animated when reading that part of the book trying to make sure Magnolia could hear the importance. I think she did. But still after the book was over, she looked at me and said, "But Santa didn't even visit their house?!?!" She was confused about why this was the end of this Christmas book when Santa hadn't even made his appearance. I guess I now have a year to think of better ways to incorporate the Christmas story into Christmas.