Isn't this just the greatest gift ever!? My sister got me this journal for Christmas. I can't even wait to start filling out my autobiography in list form. Some of the lists are really funny. I think this will be a great tool for reflection, procrastination, and inspiration.
Steph and I are all ready to continue our baking and cooking adventures. Now we can do it in high fashion.
Christmas at our house was low key, but it was great to spend it with family. On Christmas Eve we went to mass at Nativity, where I lead junior high youth group in high school. It was great to be back in that beautiful church. I even spotted some old friends from high school from afar. The priest started his homily by quoting the opening song, "oh come let us adore him." "What a perfect song to sing," he said, "as love can now be tangibly understood." He talked about how as humans we want nothing more than to be loved, forgiven, and to be shown compassion. We are all fascinated with the idea of love, but we cannot quite explain it.
And then Jesus came down to earth to be with us and our understand of love can now be tangibly understood in that act of humility. Further, we are shown an even greater act of love thirty-three years later when Christ dies for us. He challenged us to reflect on those images, especially the one of the nativity scene, and to thank Christ for his sacrifices for us. Oh come, let us adore him.
After mass we had dinner, opened presents from family members, and watched "A Year Without a Santa Claus." Even though we hadn't seen the movie in years, almost everyone remembered all of the words to the songs.
As we are now onto the second day of Christmas, I pray that you all had a great weekend with family and friends. During this Christmas season, let us truly be able to reflect on the love of Christ and act it out in tangible ways for one another. Keep spending time with your loved ones, not just during the holidays. Merry Christmas everyone!