For BIMS

Sandy and Margaret McDonald

My friend, I think of you daily
Because I care and it’s true
That though we’ve shared a lot together
It’s very rare that I see you

And I want you to know that God loves you
And that I love you too
And that even if we’re hardly ever near
I’m talking to Him about you

And I’ll be praying for you every morning
As I start off the day with the Lord
And I’ll be praying that you’re walking with Jesus
And abiding in His Word

I don’t know when I’ll see you again
A month, a year, or maybe more
But if your heart belongs to the Savior
I’ll see you in the sky if not before.

And I want you to know that God loves you
And that I love you too
And that even if we’re hardly ever near
I’m talking to Him about you

And I’ll be praying for you every morning
As I start off the day with the Lord
And I’ll be praying that you’re walking with Jesus
And abiding in His Word

Love you so much, my cousin Sandy, my hero. Hug your sisters and your sweet mother for me. I will hug Margaret and the rest of your family for you.

Oh Christmas Tree…and other traditions

Sparkly!!

All my anti-holiday sentiment seems to have reversed itself in a fiery blaze of lights and stockings and tinsel and I’m all about Christmas now!  Amazing what one most-certainly overpriced plane ticket will do for one’s outlook, isn’t it?

I’m noticing the Christmas decorations in the stores.  I even purposefully turned the radio to one of those stations that thinks it’s a good idea to play Christmas music 24-7 from Thanksgiving till New Years.  I’m not sure what’s happened, but this Grinch’s heart has grown more than two sizes in the past week.

I was thinking today about my favourite Christmas traditions, and realised that other than some that revolved around going to church on Christmas eve my family doesn’t really have anything that we all do year after year at Christmas.  That made me a bit sad, but at the same time I think about how that give me and Simon a chance to create our own traditions and that, as my friend Lynne would say, makes me wickedly, wickedly happy.  I feel like so much of our married life has been…up in the air, I guess?  We haven’t settled into “Our First Married Home” because we were trying to sell it.  We didn’t know where we were going to end up, so I think we’ve sort of put the memory making part of being newlyweds on hold.  That includes Christmas traditions.  We eat our own little Christmas dinner for two, watch Christmas telly, and generally act like slugs all the way from the Queen’s speech to Doctor Who.

What are your family traditions?  What do you do every year without fail?  What makes Christmas feel like Christmas to you?  Mine will start with seeing my Mister’s face on Christmas Day.  Happy Two Weeks till Christmas Eve, y’all!