I am thoroughly enjoying this Christmas Spirit! Two experiences have helped me really enjoy this season.
#1: We had a really neat opportunity to speak in Sacrament meeting as a family last Sunday. We have not been asked to speak as a family since we moved into the ward almost 6 years ago. It was great to be able to have Christ as the topic! Ellie and Gracie each gave a talk about how we give gifts to Jesus by doing things for other people. It was cute to help them write their own talks, they gave me their own thoughts. Ellie was so brave to go first, she "read" her talk with the pictures we had drawn. Gracie read hers really well, also. They both were excited to bear their testimonies. They also sang "Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus." Earlier in the week they were singing it like crazy. I chose that song because they had already learned it in Primary and knew it so well (we were asked on really short notice, Wednesday night). Well, come to find out, Gracie had picked it out of the Children's Songbook to sing (they hadn't learned it in Primary), over the course of us singing it, Ellie learned it quickly. They thoroughly enjoyed participating in Sacrament meeting. Bart and I both spoke as well, however, the girls, of course, were the highlight.
Monday night, Branson got to be baby Jesus for a Live Nativity in our community. He was with "Mary and Joseph" for three hours in many layers and with a heater and heat lamp. I was thrilled with who Mary and Joseph were and felt very comfortable in handing him over. My family (with Luke, Julie, cousins and Grandma and Grandpa Adams) went through towards the beginning. My girls were excited to see Branson as we went through. Ellie said baby Jesus was her favorite part, I had to agree! I returned towards the end to wait for Branson until he was finished. It was really special for our family to share Branson with the community. Everyone said he was a really good baby, very content. I prayed many prayers that he would add to the spirit of the evening. He did awesome!
I know that these were two experiences Heavenly Father intentionally gave me. I have felt His love and the love of the Savior. I know Jesus lives! He is my Savior, the Savior of all the world! He was born as a babe in a manger, lived his life teaching and serving, then suffered and died for me and you, and has been resurrected so we can have eternal life with our families.
May the Spirit of Christ be in your heart this week as you celebrate Christmas with your families! Merry Christmas!