Christmas Thoughts

A Thought

Two days ago my family traveled home from visiting family for Christmas. I spent a week there and watched movies, helped build a snow fort, and hung out with my family. I never want to leave home for an extended amount of time, but this trip and my trip in July, have taught me that leaving can be really fun. Especially when you leave to visit family you love.

Another Thought

Yesterday my family celebrated Christmas at home. We woke up, not too early, opened presents, and ate cinnamon rolls. After a relaxed morning spent using out new stuff, we spent the afternoon watching cheesy Hallmark movies.

A Third Thought

It was quite warm out yesterday, almost 70. The wind blew fiercely, but that didn’t matter because it was a sweet wind. I took a walk by myself around the neighborhood. It was quiet out, though everyone was either off from school or work. No one ever goes outside in my neighborhood. XD I walked around, notebook in hand. Ready to write down any thought that came. No writable thoughts appeared, so I walked around clutching my Star Wars notebook, wearing my Lord of the Rings necklace, as well as a t-shirt with a book on it and a speech bubble that says, “I’m better than the movie!” what a nerd. lol 😀

It was relaxing to be outside with a warm wind blowing around me; alone with my thoughts. I always need time and space to process my emotions, and taking a walk gives me both. I thought about how nice the weather was, my future, my vacation, and how much I loved being home.

A Final Thought

On Christmas night we had dinner at IHOP on our way home. When we were sitting there eating pancakes in the crowded restaurant, I experienced something that didn’t mean a lot to me at the time. But now that I look back at it… I don’t know why, but it touches me. We were sitting there and my Dad prayed for the food. He thanked God not only for the food, but also for Christ’s birth, His life on earth, His death, and His resurrection. In that moment, I felt warm and fuzzy. A ball of happy, cozy emotions.

Now, I have a few concrete thoughts about it. Thought one: I love us. I love my family and all the things we believe in. Thought Two: I love that what my father prayed about, Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, is something that is real for me. It’s not just a story I hear every year. It’s the ultimate truth and has vast implications for the way I live, and one big one in particular; the meaning of life.

 

What is the chief end of man?

To glorify God and enjoy Him

Forever.    

     – Westminster Shorter Catechism

Beautiful Days

During all of November I was inside writing drinking tea and writing. I didn’t realize then that my eyes were getting used to the dim light inside and that I only ever went outside in the early morning to let the dogs out. I went outside in the middle of the day on December first and my eyes actually hurt from all the light. And it was overcast!

Now that it’s December I feel that I can actually appreciate the beautiful weather. I mean, sure, it’s getting cold and windy, but the leaves are still bright orange. The funny thing about the tree in my front yard is that it’s leaves don’t change color until all the other trees have already turned brown. They’re so beautiful, all bright and happy even though everything else has turned brown. 🙂

After staring at a computer screen for so long it’s nice to finally step away from that and appreciate the beauty in the real world. The color of the leaves, the stark, greenness of the evergreen, and even the comforting grey of the sky is beautiful. I love to drive at night and see all the bright Christmas lights that light up the cold, dark of the night. I love being able to see Christmas trees in other people’s houses. 🙂 Ah, Christmas.