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The Best Part About Christmas

12.20.20 | by Jenni Kailey

    The best part about Christmas are the memories! I was in kindergarten the year of the Cabbage Patch Kids and I remember wanting one SO badly and circling it in the Sears Wish Book in hopes that Santa would see it! I remember looking for that box on Christmas morning & being so excited to finally get the most sought after doll in the world. I am still a little bitter he never got me that Snoopy Snow Cone Machine despite me circling it every year.

    Another top memory on Christmas is most definitely Christmas of 1999 when Scott Kailey asked me to be his wife in front of my family. I still remember everything about that day and questioned how he was able to pull off the surprise since I tend to do a lot of snooping around Christmas.

    Once I became a mom I finally understood why my mom always said the best gift she could receive is to watch her kids open gifts. For the last 17 Christmases it has been a joy to watch Christmas through the eyes of my three kids. We have tried to create traditions and hopefully long lasting memories for each of them.

    While we can all think of tangible things that have brought us joy over Christmas, I have to say that the thing that has given me the MOST joy are the memories of things that can’t be bought. Watching my kids wake each other up before the sun to open gifts (which they still do even though 2/3 are teenagers), laughing hysterically with Scott in the garage at 2am while failing miserably at putting together a basketball goal, snuggling up on the couch as a family to read the Christmas story from the Bible, talking about our favorite memories and traditions & the birth of Jesus. These are the things that will always be in my heart at Christmas. These are so much more than the hustle and bustle and the gifts. Christmas can bring out so much stress and anxiety…it is so important to remember Jesus. Remember that He is the reason we celebrate and He is the reason we have joy!

    This Christmas I encourage you to take time to slow down and enjoy the little things. Read the Christmas story from Luke, even if it is for the hundredth time. If you have kids at home, then talk to them about the birth of our Savior and help them understand! Most of all, give thanks to God for the greatest gift of all.

     Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14