For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
When our oldest granddaughter, Virginia Rose, spends this past weekend with us, she is eager to help us decorate the Christmas tree. She has been asking me since the beginning of November if we'll wait until she visits before we commence this activity, and of course, we are more than happy to include her.
This is the first year we let Virginia hang the breakable ornaments, and she is thrilled with that. We even provide a stepladder for her so she can place them on some of the higher boughs; these fragile beauties have to be hung out of reach of her younger sisters. "Ooh, shiny!" is their mantra!
We decorate a little on Friday evening, and finish up on Saturday. More than hanging the ornaments, Virginia is excited to finish of the job with "snow."
The Christmas tree is glorious!
But you and I know that Christmas isn't about trees and trimmings, stockings and Santa. And I want to make absolutely sure that Virginia understands the reason for the season, too. So on Sunday, I take her to see The Star, an animated movie about the first Christmas.
Virginia's enthusiasm for tree decorating pales in comparison to the sheer joy she exudes while watching the film. She is so enthralled, she hardly touches her popcorn!
And when we are walking back to the car, hand-in-hand, Virginia turns to me and says, "Gammie, now I understand why Jesus' birth is so important."
O, come let us adore Him!
Alleluia and amen!