Christmas was wonderful, better than I could have expected! Little one traveled like a champ, as always, and sure loved being spoiled by her grandparents, cousins, and aunt and uncle. What a wonderful time we had.
As it goes every Christmas, present opening was quite the treat. This year however, my three year old niece was completely enthralled. Her enthusiasm bubbled over and spilled into the room. Every present got a loud exclamation, "I got a (enter gift opened here)!!!" She would then raise the gift over her head and smile while shouting, "hooray!" That is what it is all about, the excitement that we get anything, not the expectation or thought that we should get something. Rejoicing over her own presents wasn't enough. Oh no, as others opened their presents, she would walk over, ask what they got then, with the same exuberance shown for her own gifts, shout, "You got a (insert gift name here)," while holding it over her head. For those of us no longer near the age of 3, it was a treat to watch, a gift in and of itself. My niece's way of doing Christmas was also the source of a whole lot of giggles for the rest of us. I am smiling now just remembering those moments, the enthusiasm, and the wonder. Oh how wonderful it would be to see life like that!
Is it any wonder Jesus says to go to him like a child? There is wonder, delight, and excitement in a child, the very things that seem to wane as we enter adulthood. I'm thankful I was given a glimpse of how I should be going through life, joyful and exhilerated over every single moment I am given.