A Grandmother’s Treasure Box
I have done a lot of reflecting these past few days. In the midst of all the reflecting, it has been an amazing holiday season. It all started with my book launch. It was a great evening and has been fun seeing my books bought and reviewed. I can’t thank all of you enough for making it a really fun experience.I always love Christmas and start decorating early. I want to be able to host as many activities as I can and also provide a Christmas experience for anyone who drops by. I also want to pass on the many wonderful traditions of Christmas to my grandchildren. And so, the whole house gets transformed into a Christmas wonderland. When we catch a day for making cookies and gingerbread houses, the atmosphere of lights, music, and decorations are the backdrop for the event.I was honored to host our ladies ministry group. We enjoyed a meal together and worked on a special mission project. Next came the big family Christmas. But before it started we participated in a celebration of life for my husband’s sister-in-law in the city and then a rush trip back home to host our family Christmas. It is so difficult to lose a loved one during the holiday season. It was a day full of reflecting and floods of emotions. Our family Christmas always begins with a meal and then some special activities. This year it was a cookie contest, Christmas trivia game and of course our gift exchange. We always start the gift exchange with the reading of the Christmas story from Luke 2. It was a fun evening. Maybe it was the funeral that morning but I really missed mother and daddy this year. Many moments during the season my mind trailed off to the little peaches and cream house and the little cedar tree shining with beautiful bubble lights, colorful ornaments, and hands full of silver tinsel. I had to wait until after Christmas to celebrate with my little family. I was a bit concerned that the weather might make travel difficult but it turned out to be perfect. I had spent the year planning for this day. My first project was winter quilts for each family to snuggle under. Then I got pajamas for everyone. Next, I purchased each family a book called “Mary’s Treasure Box.” The story tells about all the items in Mary’s box. Each item helped tell the story of Jesus’ birth. In the end it suggests that they should start a treasure box of their own. They can put in items that tell the story of their life. And so with the skills of my brother-in-law, I had a treasure box for each of the grandchildren. They were beautifully handcrafted and truly are a treasure themselves. I can’t wait to see what they put in them. I had also made doll clothes for the girls dolls. I wasn’t sure what their reaction would be. I’m not the greatest seamstress but I had enjoyed making them. I think if the dolls never wear the clothes again they already had 30 wears during the weekend. My heart did sing as I watched them take them off and put them on over and over again. It truly was a beautiful Christmas. I am so thankful for all that God has allowed, provided and protected us through this year. The treasure box of this grandmother’s heart is so full.