The Spirit of Christmas

What shall we give?

What shall we give to the babe in the manger,
What shall we offer the child in the stall?
Incense and spices and gold we've got plenty-
Are these the gifts for the king of us all?
What shall we give to the boy in the temple,
What shall we offer the man by the sea?
Palms at his feet and hosannas uprising;
Are these for him who will carry the tree?
What shall we give to the lamb who was offered,
Rising the third day and shedding his love?
Tears for his mercy we'll weep at the manger,
Bathing the infant come down from above.
Enjoy what I am enjoying too :)

Tonight at mutual we worked on Divine Nature #3. We wrote letters to people that we wanted to serve for the next too weeks in the spirit of Christmas. We talked about the different traditions that the girls have that have to do with service- the things they do with friends and family at Christmas time. Some of the stories were way cool to hear and a lot of fun to share. 
In closing tonight I tried to express to the girls how wonderfully blessed they are to know that they are loved daughters of Heavenly Father and it because of His Son that we are able to celebrate life and learn how to return to live with Them again. 
I am now lying in my bed thinking about how crazy it is that the year has only a few days left. As I look back on the past year, I am trying to think of the times that I spent an extra few minutes to just pass on the Spirit of Christmas by servicing someone else- regardless of the month that we were in. 
I am also thinking about how many people have served me, and how grateful I am to have friends and family who love me and care for me and for James so much. 

Christmas is my favorite time of year- so I am resolved to take it with me throughout every month of every year. Why wait until Christmas to make the effort to love and help other people. 
I love nights like this where I can ponder and just think about the way my life is going, about the different things going on or the things that I would like to have going on in my life right now. 
I hope you can take a night every now and them and think about what gift you would give Christ if He were here this Christmas. Ponder where you are in life and where you want to be. Give thanks for the blessings that have been given to you- both good and bad. 
I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and hope you are able to find the Spirit of Christmas and take it with you into each month this next year. 
If you have any fun traditions- I would so love to hear :) I always love a good story. 
with love- Ness

1 comment:

  1. :) Hey Ness,
    I have a Christmas Tradition to share -that actually started with Grandpa Burk. -Every year since before I was born, my family goes up into the mountains and cuts pine boughs -we then bring them home and wire them together on a large wrought iron bent in the shape of a circle and create a giant wreath, and hang lights on it. We also read every year the Christmas Story by candlelight, each taking turns. -Love following your crazy fun life right now! :)Merry Christmas! Love you both!