Last year’s Christmas seemed extra special as it was our first Christmas together as a married couple but Christmas this year seemed even extra extra special 🙂 having a beautiful son to enjoy it with!
I took this pic of the tree and gifts at about 2am on Christmas morning before going to bed. So many childhood memories flashed through my mind as I praised God for leading me up to this point in my life. I had a lot of suicidal thoughts haunting me as a teen and I never imagined that years later I would be celebrating the birth of Christ with my own dear wife and precious son!
You certainly don’t have to teach a child how to rip open gifts, ha!ha! But I do realize a huge responsibility to teach my child the true meaning of Christmas as he grows. A Christmas that looks past the “what-did-you-get-for-Christmas?-mentality” to the core message of God sending His only Son to the earth to die for sinners
We are so blessed to have family and friends to celebrate Christmas with. Christmas can be the loneliest time of the year for the lonely, hurting and rejected! For every “fa la la” sung from the heart, I imagine there must be at least 3 “bahumbug“s or “woe- is- me“s at this time of year.
One of Gershom’s favorite toys is his “Little Tikes laptop”. (A great gift we picked up at Smart Kids Toys in Al Areimi Complex for around 18 rials) He must feel like a big boy now as he’s always trying to play with Mommy and Daddy’s computer. Now he has one of his very own and how he loves smashing those buttons!
Eric and Jenny Manoguid dedicated their son, Psalmuel, during the Christmas morning service! The trials and difficulties they overcame and how they depended completely on the Lord for this child is a wonderful testimony to the grace of God and the power of prayer!
This was one of the cakes at Psalmuel’s dedication party on Christmas Eve evening at Eric and Jenny’s. There is a shop called “Cake Gallery” in Al Khuwair that manages to get a pic in icing on the top of any ordered cake! Cool or what?!
Mother Care in Seeb City Centre had the cutest Santa outfits for boys and girls (as well as Elf costumes you might have seen in an earlier post…). The costumes were quite expensive at something like 14 RO as they know there are always suckers out there, like us, who love cute outfits (no matter what the price!) for their babies! 🙂
This is just a reminder not to “lose your top” if you didn’t get the gift you wanted or have the Christmas you dreamed about this year. The focus should never be on the gifts we receive or the temporary feelings we enjoy on this one day of the year but instead we need to focus on the true reason for the season. This was actually the title of a great sermon I heard this Christmas,”The Reason for the Season“, which God willing I will share tomorrow.
Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas!!! From the immortal words of Tiny Tim at the end of Charles Dickens famous “Christmas Carol“, “God bless us, everyone“!!! 🙂