Where’s the Baby?
Come to think of it not only is the Christmas letter being written and sent early this year, but all of our decorations are already up including the tree! I think that is a record for us! And why did we do all of this so early you ask?? There are lots of reasons (and there is a point to all of this!). For one thing we are fortunately going to be having Mike’s mom, step dad and aunt here to celebrate an early Christmas with us and I thought it would be fun to make it “Christmasy” for their visit. Also, I was inspired by some decorating ideas I saw during a Holly Tour of houses in Westfield, NY with my mom and sister a couple weeks ago so I made the most of my inspiration. Lastly I thought I would avoid the rush – and get it done early so I could relax and enjoy the rest of the month. With the decorating done, most of the shopping done and my letter almost done I was in the clear for all the holiday stuff to be DONE! Whew!!! But, it took my little 21 month old, Zachary, to remind me about what the holiday season is really all about. I was setting up my little plastic nativity scene that is kid-friendly (in other words it will not draw blood if kids decide to gnaw on it a little bit!). Zach, of course, knew it was kid-friendly and was immediately drawn to it. He grabbed the baby Jesus figure and cried, “baby-baby-baby”! He then went through the other figures one-by-one and made their respective noises (moo, baa, and nay) and met Mary, Joseph and the three wise guys for the first time. He was just so excited that he was allowed to actually play with something in the room after being shunned from pulling on the Christmas tree! Zach played with the figures for a couple days and then we noticed the baby was missing! “Where’s the baby Jesus?”, I would say to Zachy. “Where is the baby?” We could not find him anywhere. As I looked around the room I noticed all of the other pretty, glitzy decorations, but baby Jesus was nowhere to be found. Then it hit me – this is what the season of advent is really all about…waiting to find baby Jesus – waiting for His birth. All of the decorations and gifts were beautiful, but they didn’t make Christmas happen. It is the baby Jesus coming to us that is what this season is all about. I continue looking for the baby Jesus – in my heart and underneath my couch. I hope you do too!
Merry Christmas from the Ramseys