So I had this big grand idea that my kids were only going to receive 4 bought gifts this year, plus stocking stuffers, and maybe a few homemade things.
I even got the grandparents in on the deal.
THIS Christmas we were going to teach our kids that Christmas was about JESUS, and NOT about all the gifts.
And then, because of His Great Love, God filled our tree with gifts and our kitchen with food.
The Nazarene church does a wonderful thing. Within a district (group of churches) a larger church will adopt a smaller church. The larger church will hold a food pounding, maybe take a special offering, and just do a little treat for the pastor and his family of the smaller church.
Notice I said "little treat."
This year our church was adopted by a larger church, who LAVISHED us. They didn't just get us a few little things and say Merry Christmas, they went all out.
So now my tree is full of gifts for my children, when I only wanted them to open 4-5 on Christmas day.
It is teaching me such humbleness. I am so thrilled by how amazing our Christmas morning is going to be for three certain Curly Kids.
And I'm so saddened, because I know families who are in greater need than us, who are farther from family than us....
So I am learning humbleness, realizing that this time, God is using His great blessings to teach me a lesson.
And we're also giving - because we have been given much, we too are giving. We are sharing the blessing as much as possible. That's a lesson my kids need to learn too.
"Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas day.... O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy! O tidings of comfort and joy!