Category Archives: Christmas

Catching Up

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So much has happened in the last month, and I haven’t been able to keep up with anything: the babies, shopping, laundry, cooking, cleaning, reading, blogging, playing Words with Friends….

The table in our dining room is covered with fabric and sewing projects that I haven’t completed, and many of them I won’t bother finishing now. I had great intentions of making homemade Christmas presents for several people who care for our babies at church, but I had trouble with part of the sewing and gave up. I should work on them now and have them ready for next Christmas, but I need to hem a pair of pants for my son and another pair for myself, sew a button on a skirt for Big Sister, re-hem hubby’s pajama pants, make the babies some taggy blankets…. Maybe I should just buy their gifts at the store next year.

This morning, I found a stack of wallet-sized photos of the babies at nine months that I should have given to family members over a month ago. They will be eleven months this Friday, and I haven’t posted their ten-month pictures yet. That requires me to use an actual computer and not my phone. Yes, I write 95% of my posts using the WordPress app on my phone while feeding the twins their bottles. I just had to adjust something above to “this morning” instead of “just now” because the babies are now on their second third bottle. I didn’t write much during that second bottle. They finished too quickly, and I had a lot to do once they went down for a nap.

I had a nice visit from a friend during the babies’ nap today, and they slept long enough that I was even able to turn the computer on and get the photos ready to scan. The babies lost interest in their bottles, so now I’m scanning their photos while they watch me from the doorway.

20140106-153249.jpgWe had this gate in the hallway when we confined the babies to the game room and their bedroom before we baby-proofed the rest of the house. We had been keeping the office door closed, but hubby and I decided we should try the gate in the office door, and we aren’t sure why we didn’t think of this before now. It works perfectly! There was no fussing while I scanned their photos. Now I’m back in the game room feeding a baby. Here are their pictures at ten months.

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20140106-160221.jpgSissy

20140106-160238.jpgLook at Sissy’s hand in that last picture. Is there any doubt that she is the dominant one? Even in the individual photo of her smiling innocently, you can see a little mischievous twinkle in her eye.

They are both walking everywhere now. Sissy has been walking well for almost a month, and Little Sister started walking a little on Christmas Day and walking well just a few days later. It didn’t take her as long to progress once she decided to try it. We think it was just lack of self confidence. Sissy is bolder, more aggressive, and tough like Big Brother, whereas Little Sister is more cautious, watchful, and sensitive.

Here is a photo of all four kids taken just before Thanksgiving, but I couldn’t post it before now because this was part of our Christmas gift to grandparents and great-grandmas.

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I have a few more things I want to share, but the babies are finished with their bottles, and we have to run to the store for formula. Maybe I can finish catching up by the end of the week.

To believe or not to believe

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Two years ago, Big Brother told us there was no Santa because reindeer can’t fly. Interesting five-year-old logic. We hadn’t made a big deal about Santa. Each year, we placed one unwrapped gift for each child near the tree on Christmas morning, and we let the kids believe that those gifts were from Santa. We never left cookies and milk for Santa or food for his reindeer. We have never had an elf in our home. We have never told the kids to be good or Santa wouldn’t bring them anything.

A wise friend told me several years ago that they had told their son the truth about Santa when he asked at five years of age because kids believe in Santa in much the same way they believe in God. With Santa, we convince them to believe in an invisible being because he will bring them toys, and this can be fun for us and magical for them, but then they find out the magic was make-believe. With God, we teach them to have faith in an invisible being because he loves them and wants to bless them, and this can be amazing and life-changing for all of us, but if something happens to challenge their belief in God, will they also think He is make-believe? In other words, will they think we are lying to them about God if we have lied to them about Santa? My parents gave us Santa gifts and also taught us about Jesus, and I never doubted the existence of God, but I have learned in the last few years that faith is one of my spiritual gifts. I think it would depend on the child, the way Santa was presented in the home, and how the parents answered the child’s questions about Santa.

Santa wasn’t the focus of Christmas at our house, and we didn’t want to lie to our children, so we told them the truth when Big Brother asked if he was right about Santa. He was disappointed, but he was fine once we reassured him that he would still have presents under the tree every year. He now enjoys learning about different Santa-figures and how different cultures celebrate Christmas, and he loves picking out gifts to give others. Big Sister was only three when we stopped “doing Santa”, so she didn’t care and nothing really changed for her.

However, we had started an annual tradition of visiting the most wonderful Santa at a large shopping center about 30 miles away. We have gone and waited in line every year since Big Brother’s first Christmas. I didn’t think the kids would still want to go since they knew he wasn’t really Santa Claus, but they asked to go last year and this week. The kids have fun shopping and eating while we wait for our turn. Big Sister talked to Santa this year, but she still wouldn’t get close to him. Both babies cried, but Sissy stopped quickly. After a few pictures, Grandmother and I grabbed the babies, and Big Brother sat on Santa’s lap and talked to him for a few minutes.

20131220-151803.jpgSo we choose not to believe in Santa, but we haven’t removed him completely from our Christmases. I like to think we have just put him in his proper place along with Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, the Grinch, and Scrooge. These are all a fond part of my childhood Christmas memories, and I won’t deny my children this fun. They know these people and things aren’t real, but it’s still fun to watch the movies and visit Santa each year.

We teach our children the true meaning of Christmas–that God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). They enjoy reading Jotham’s Journey during the weeks of advent. They look forward to Christmas Eve candlelight services at church. They love giving gifts to others in response to having received the most wonderful gift of all–Jesus our Savior. I love this quote by Stuart Chase: “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.” I pray that you also will believe in the God who sent his Son to save us from our sins. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

Merry Christmas!

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