We had such a good time as a family this morning! We got the kids up around 8:00 - yes, we actually have to wake them up on Christmas - and went downstairs to read about Jesus' birth from Luke 2 and then open our gifts. We're a each-person-open-one-gift family, where we start with Dad and go around the room, each person opening one gift and everyone else watching. Today we did smallest gift to largest, and it was so much fun to see everyone's reactions to what we bought each other. We had lots of laughs too, as each person's personality was revealed by the gifts they received! For example, Beth's gift to me was a foot massager, the kind that has little nubs on it and vibrates when you put your foot on it. I LOVE THIS THING. My kids know that I pamper my sickly feet with creams, soft socks, shoes with good arch support, and plenty of foot rubs. Andrew bought me a soft, velvety robe - oh, I could crawl up in that thing and sleep forever! And Samuel fed my newest love, cake decorating, with some supplies. How do these kids know??? LOL They know their Mama well.
My parents called from Mexico, where they're visiting with my sister and her family. They said it's cold down there, believe it or not. All the houses are concrete, with only space heaters, so when it gets cold outside, it's even colder in the house. They were all wearing their coats in the house! It was good to hear from them this morning, and good to know they're all together having a great Christmas. Later today Wes and I will call his parents in Jamaica and our siblings in various towns in North and South Carolina.
I'm so thankful for the family we have, both our immediate family and extended family. Our parents and siblings and children are all saved, and all the nieces and nephews who are old enough are too, and we're all serving the Lord in various parts of North America. We don't see each other a lot, and we especially miss that on holidays, but one day . . . one day we will get to sit down at a meal and never have to say goodbye again!