Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nine Days 'til Christmas...

Part of an email from Kristin...

Aidan (my little extreme consumer/capitalist) said yesterday that Christmas to him is not so much about getting presents, but about getting to spend time with family. He said that although he didn't believe in Santa, there was still the Spirit of Christmas. Last weekend, Alan's uncle died. His mother, Sylvia, is sad, but is relieved that he is no longer suffering. Both boys dictated letters to her just before her brother died, when he was in hospice. Aidan wrote: "I wish you a great Christmas while we’re there. I’m looking forward to seeing you and your house with Alan’s nephews and nieces too with you. Our Christmas tree is set already. I hope yours is. It will bring a great Christmas Spirit, and maybe it will make you feel better about your brother."

Note to Aidan from Mimi...

What a beautiful letter you wrote to Alan's mother when her brother was so very sick. It showed kindness, concern and a desire to make her feel better. That, my dear Aidan, is what Christmas is all about. Because of your act of kindness, I think you have become one of Santa's helpers! Christmas is truly in your heart, Aidan, and that kind of love makes me believe.

The Christ Child lives within me; and because He does, I have received great love and have great love to give. That makes Christmas so very special. We will go to church Christmas Eve, light thousands of candles and sing, "Glory To God In The Highest!" Then, we will come home and have Christmas Eve dinner with whoever can be here. Afterward, all will wait for the magic of Christmas morning. It is true that more Christmas magic happens when children are around, but I still get excited and can't wait for morning to arrive! (Did you you ever watch Polar Express? Well, I guess you could say I still hear the bell.)

We wake up to warm coffee, soft Christmas music and joy. We talk awhile together, exchange a few gifts and wait for the rest of the family to arrive. Then the fun begins!

Bring a happy heart and join in the festivities with so many of your family who will be in Atlanta this holiday season. We are so looking forward to having you, Keegan and Mommy in our midst for a very...

Merry Christmas!

2 comments:

Kristin said...

Being with all of you will make this Christmas particularly special. We can't wait to see you!

Much love,
Kristin, Keegan and Aidan

Kate said...

It will be so great to have everyone there this year - looking forward to being with you all.