I recently spent an evening with my two grandchildren. Just me and them.🎅 🎄
We had the most delightful evening. Their parents were out of town, and they had a nanny staying with them. I picked them up after school and took them to dinner, their choice, (McDonald’s it was!), to see Santa, and to look at Christmas lights.
This Grandy wanted to do it all! Experience Christmas this year through the eyes of a child.
They were so precious! They loved their dinner, and ate every last bite. They would have been content going back home then with their Mario happy meal toy in hand, but there was more!
We then went to Bass Pro Shop to see Santa. And the fish. And the stairs. And the buffalo. And the bear.
They believe in all the wonder of a child at Christmas. Baby Jesus in the manger. And Santa. So a visit to Santa’s lap was magical. They told him what they each wanted and left elated with candy canes in hand this time. But again, there was more!
They were mesmerized by all Bass Pro Shop had to offer. We made several pitstops on our way out. First was the huge aquarium where they could sit in front of and have giant fish as big as they were swim up to them. Next was the gigantic staircase that we had to go up and down countless times. Lord knows this old lady could use that exercise! 😰And the taxidermy displays of buffalo and bear definitely captured their attention. My granddaughter was not so sure she liked the bear at all. And my grandson was taken in by the guns.
Oh the wonder of it all. Through the eyes of a child. But we were not done yet. There was still more!
Lastly, we climbed back into our car and ended our evening at Rhema Bible College for their Christmas Lights Extravaganza. The display of all light displays with over two million lights.
The temperature had dropped dramatically as the evening unfolded, and they did not have on coats. Grandy to the rescue. They enjoyed the display wrapped in a blanket sipping on hot chocolate. When all was said and done, pink lights were Ava’s favorite and blue were Tucker’s. Who’d have guessed it?!
Finally our evening was complete. What a precious gift they had been to me. Watching them enjoy the holiday season in all its glory.
As we were driving home I asked them if they were warm enough. My three year old granddaughter’s reply was, “Grandy, when I dream tonight, I’m going to tell Jesus that Elsa’s not bad. She doesn’t mean to make everything frozen.” Out of the mouths of babes.
This Christmas season, I hope when you dream, that you, too, talk to Jesus, and that you, too, see the good in everyone. My hope is that this time of year offers you more. More wonder not more gifts. More opportunities to see through the eyes of a child. Never stop believing.
Remember this: Santa Claus is coming to town. But Jesus is already here. He always has been and always will be.
Grandy loves you Tucker and Ava! Merry Christmas!
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14
Love and laughter,