Christmas through the eyes of a child

We could focus on discouraging news this morning: an eight-year-old boy died in US Border Patrol custodythe Indonesian tsunami death toll has climbed above four hundred; and a police officer was killed by a driver with “multiple prescription drugs” in his system. The officer was conducting a traffic stop at the time.

There’s always bad news in the news. However, I’d rather shift our attention elsewhere today.

Our two sons and their families were with Janet and me for Christmas. We have a nearly five-year-old granddaughter and three grandsons–two are two years old and one is three weeks old. Needless to say, our home was filled with noise, chaos, laughter, and much joy.

Our granddaughter is a wonderful age for Christmas. At her request, we baked cookies to leave by the fireplace with milk for Santa. She wrote him a note to welcome him to our home.

Our granddaughter is a wonderful age for Christmas. At her request, we baked cookies to leave by the fireplace with milk for Santa. She wrote him a note to welcome him to our home.

When she got up on Christmas morning, she was excited to see that he had eaten her cookies and left her some special presents.

For her, Christmas is a day of mystery and hope–an unseen benefactor visits our homes to give us what he knows is best for us. He is to be welcomed with anticipation and honored with gratitude.

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