Hello, Mini-Women! Merry Fourth Day of Christmas! Do you know that in earlier days of Christianity, Christmas didn't begin until Christmas Eve and it lasted until January 6? That's where the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" comes from. The song itself drives me a little nuts, but I love, love, love the actual twelve days of the season and I celebrate every one of them.
Here's why --
Getting ready for Christmas Day, while fun and exciting and full of anticipation, is sometimes so busy you have to make, like, this huge effort to remember what the season is about. Christmas Day itself has so many surprises (and, as some of you have mentioned, jealousies and disapointments as well) Jesus can get lost in there too.
But from Day Two until Day Twelve, as many people un-decorate their trees and take down their Christmas lights and return things that don't fit and fight their way through the post-holiday sales . . . those of us who know that Christmas is still going on can do quieter, more Jesus-focused things AND celebrate the freedom we have because Jesus was born. These are the days when I love to . . . write in my journal . . . go to the movies . . . play with my granddaughter while HER mom and dad go to the movies . . . . think back over the year and pray about things . . . invite people for dinner . . . pray for God to show me new goals for the year . . . start a fresh journal . . . curl up and read by the fire . . . read all the Christmas cards and newsletters . . . AND try to be a Christmas Moment for somebody each day. Before I explain what that's about, I have a few reminders:
* You are welcome to announce here on Tween You and Me that you have a blog, but let's do two things. One, email me with the link first before you make that announcement here so I can visit it. Two, if someone announces her blog in a comment, simply go there and check it out rather than get into a conversation about it here on Tween You and Me. We try to stay on topic since that's the only way I can be sure we stay safe. Make sense to everyone?
We also have some prayers requests, so Mini-Women, please pray for --
CASSI, who is still sick with strep throat, and whose dad is in pain.
KAT's nephew who just got baptized and needs family support
Safe travel for ANNA ELIZABETH's grandparents
MARY who needs understanding from her friends who don't get her trying to do her part of the Great Commission (we're all behind you here, Mary)
And finally, let's give a big ol' welcome to BAYLEE who just joined us. Baylee, you can go to www.nancyrue.com and on the right hand side you'll see the "rules" for the blog. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're glad you're here, right, Mini-Women?
Now, back to those Christmas Moments. People sort of expect us to be nice to them Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But nobody's waiting for us to give them a small present or a home-baked goody or an extra hug in the days AFTER Christmas. So I'm thinking we could make the season what it truly is -- Twelve DAYS of Christmas -- and be someone's Christmas moment every day for the next 8 days. Could you:
* offer to play with your younger sibling who got a new toy for Christmas?
* do one of your older siblings' chores (before they have a chance to do it)
* give your cousin a turn with that cool gift you received?
* ask your great-uncle to tell you about Christmas when he was a kid (even if you've already heard it fifty times)?
* write your parents a thank you note for your gifts?
* give your brother your turn with the remote control?
* email a friend you've sort of stopped being friends with and just say, "I hope you have a wonderful twelve days of Christmas"?
*do something you're always being nagged to do without being nagged to do it?
You might even make a list of 8 things now so you're ready as each new day dawns. We'd love to hear about some of those -- your ideas will probably inspire somebody who can't think of anything.
And don't forget to keep celebrating! I won't be back here until January 2 (next Wednesday), but I'll be celebrating YOU, my mini-women. Every day.