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That feeling of Christmas

December 17, 2007

by Jenni Sebora

The beauty of Christmas is truly about those things beyond the presents and decorations and all of the activities that go with the special season. It is about the intangibles – about the feelings that the season brings out in each of us.

I believe we all are a little kinder and a little more giving during this season. And all of the activities that we engage during this season are the outward ways we express this wonderful feeling of Christmas.

The word Christmas means Christ’s Mass. And of course, the ultimate reason for the season of Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the most blessed baby, Jesus, over 2000 years ago.

As the shepherds came to the manger to honor baby Jesus; and as the three wise men followed the star of Bethlehem over many miles to see baby Jesus, bringing their best gifts to bestow upon this most precious one, we, too, use these as symbols of what Christmas means to us. The gift of giving. Traveling to spend time with loved ones. Placing a star upon the tree top. Celebrating the birth of Jesus.

“Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide-open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love, which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost 2,000 years.

“Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.”

– George Mathhew Adams

As Norman Vincent Peale said, “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

May we all find that peace and beauty, that feeling of Christmas, and share it with others.

Angel craft

Help your child create an angel using their hands, feet, and a smiley picture of themselves.

This angel has a footprint body and two footprint wings. Using paper, poster board or craft foam, have your child stand on the paper with feet together and trace their feet or just one foot to be used for the body of the angel.

Trace hands or use yellow paint or color of your child’s choosing to make a paint handprint. These wonderful handprints will form the wings.

Decorate the body/robe any way you like. Use sparkles, glitter glue, shiny gift wrap, bits of tin foil, tissue paper, ribbon, to embellish.

Cut out a photo of the child or a magazine picture to serve as a head. Now, put your angel together. Glue head and wings to the body. If want, add a halo with a pipe cleaner, ribbon, yarn, etc.

On the back of the special angel or on a separate tag, your can write the following poem:

“This little angel is special you see;

Because she is a part of me.

Her wings are my hands,

Her body my feet,

And on the tree she’ll look very sweet.”

Remember to write your child’s name and the year on it. Add string to hang for an ornament if you like.

Source: wwwdltk-bible.com.