I love Christmas! Every part of it. When I was a child, my dad would go all out. Now mine is a step above with a more modern take of blow ups, etc. My dad had a life size manger scene in our front yard with a life size manger, camels, and it all. There were colored C9 lights all over the shrubs, a larger than life size mock up of Santa attached to our chimney with a light on him, and a plastic lighted Santa, sleigh, and rein-deer, on the roof as they were taking off. It was SO awesome. I hope to have a life size manger scene for our family one day. Lights I think are as much for me as they are for my kids. I add a little more every year. This year I added the roof-line and the lit wreaths. They keep falling down. One is missing in the photos here. Something else for me to do. It takes 4 days to put it all up and a day to take it down. It will add about 150.-200. onto the light bill because I only run them from 5:30 to 9:30 at night. I was going to do more this year but I was frankly just too tired and adding football to my schedule and pains this year was a new twist. Make sure to go to photos to see them in full size.
At the office we have been trying to print our own Christmas cards with our staff photo. Sadly I screwed up the fancy new printer up and we are now waiting on techs to fix it. Praise God for the service contract. Everyone will most likely get them after they get back from Christmas or the day before.
Christmas this year will be much like the ones in the past with my family. I will be staying up very late putting presents together after we put food out for Santa and his rein-deer. The kids have total belief in Santa and his abilities. We have a sign out that says--Santa Stop here. By the looks of our photos of the house you can see it will be pretty hard for him to miss it. This year I will be putting a trampoline together. Got to ask my dad to help with that one. That is going to be interesting at night in the dark. They will find out about Santa soon enough, but the joy of Christmas would not be the same without the mystique of Santa. The kids went and sat in his lap the other day. Great photo. I will see if I can add it soon.
For Christmas I have already given myself and Julie a treadmill and a weight set. Maybe that will get us in shape. Godiva Chocolates is always a gift that Julie and the kids give me. I am sure I will get some jeans. I have already asked for a gift certificate to Home Depot.
Regardless of the gifts--we are rich with so much more than possessions. I look around amazed at what God has done in my life. I am so blessed with my family. I love my wife and children more than you can imagine. God changed my heart and life, as you can see I made a sign for all to read as a part of our lights. I hope you can experience 1/2 of the joy that I have been able to experience in following God's will for my life. If you do, He will give you all the rest and more.
Merry Christmas to all my friends and those that I do not know and those that don't like me or my message. God loves you and wants you to experience life to the fullest.