All That Christmas
When my granddaughter, Mackenzie, was about 17 months old, we were waiting in the drive-thru line at the bank. Sitting in her car seat, Mackenzie spied the window of a gift/interior decorating shop across the street from where we were. The window was filled with Christmas decor; an elegantly decorated tree, Santa, wreathes...you name it, it was there. There was even a mock fireplace with stockings all hung with care.
Mackenzie, who had been chattering away (as usual) stopped in mid-sentence, took a deep breath and said in a voice filled with awe and wonder..."Nanna, just look at that. Just look at all that Christmas."
I will never forget the softness and sweetness of those words. She was totally captivated. I get all teary-eyed just thinking of it now. But what's that got to do with anything besides Christmas?
As parents, it should be our heart's desire to fill our children's lives with awe and wonder. We should strive daily to keep their lives wise but innocent. Don't allow their childhood to become tainted with fears, anger, emotional pain and heartache. A child shouldn't have to worry about what is waiting for them at home. They need to know that they are loved and protected; treated with as more TLC than any glass bulb hung on a Christmas tree ever would be.