dpp 2012 :: december 3rd :: Skeptical & Scared

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This morning our “Countdown to Christmas/Advent Calendar” shared that they boys would be getting their new Christmas PJs today and having breakfast for dinner.  I realized that poor Drew is going to get hand me down jammies every year.  Doesn’t seem to phase or bother him yet, so I’m happily marching forward on the plan of gently used goodness {thank you, Casey Daniel!}.

The boys also got to see a video from Santa this morning.  This has become a yearly tradition and it just cracks me up.  Hopefully it doesn’t psychologically harm them down the road, but the personalized message is a kick.  Here is the link if you want to see it and/or create one for your own kids {or significant other!}.  I snapped some pictures while they were viewing the message this morning.  Their faces tell it all….dazed and confused.  Skeptical & scared.

We tell the story of the first Christmas so often.  We read about the manger and the wise men each year.  Each December, we pull out the nativity and plop Jesus in the hay without a second thought.  The audacity of it all is often lost in the normalcy it has become.  But just as a big, white-bearded old man and flying deer stumped Drew this morning, when you first grasp the story of Christ’s birth, it is shocking.  It seems unreal and beyond reach.  Sometimes, as Alex seemed to show without words, the truth of the story brings a bit of fear too.  What are the implications?  What does the future hold?  What is the end result and impact of this shocking arrival?

And that tenuous balance between fear and disbelief….that place without answers or scientific proof…..is faith.

What we call the beginning is often the end

And to make an end is to make a beginning. 

The end is where we start from…

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

(from Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot)

December Photo Project 2012

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