Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Whenever I see camels I think of 2 things: 1)being bucked off a camel in Israel (seriously the scariest thing EVER... thought I was going to plunge to my death off a steep narrow trail in the Negev desert) and 2) the camels that carried the wise men to visit baby Jesus.
Now, anyone that has kind of studied the Christmas story in Luke 2 will soon realize that the wise men didn't actually visit baby Jesus in a stable immediately after he popped out of Mary (sorry to offend anyone who thinks I am irreverent). My point is that the picture above, of the nasty camels in the desert, being guided by the bright shining star, reminds me about the real-life promise that the baby Jesus brought and continues to bring to us modern day folks. I am not sure there was a literal star in the night sky guiding the wise men and the camels (I have heard very good arguments either way). I do, however, believe that Jesus actually walked on this earth, being born 2ooo plus years ago. I don't much care that December is probably not the actual month of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem. I don't care that each and every little thing I am celebrating over the next few days is not perfectly and historically accurate. And no, I am not sorry that we have out a pagan tree in our living room! That is just not the point for me.

The point for me is Jesus - his life, what he stood for, and what he offers to us. That is what I am celebrating this week. And boy is it sure fun...

I am VERY excited for the next few days. Lets see... Jon will be home, which in itself, is reason to celebrate. Christmas Eve we are going to just relax, read, eat, maybe watch a Christmas movie or two and hang out together. I can't wait! We are also going to try to make homemade marshmallows, which is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Can you just imagine hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows in it? Or a fluffernutter sandwich with the homemade marshmallows? Yum! We have already made chocolate fudge with peanuts, gingerbread cookies, and peanutbutter balls... or as I like to call them "peanutbutter bon bons" because seriously, anything labeled "balls" makes me giggle :) We also might squeeze in some salted caramels... lots of fun in the kitchen this time of year!

My mom and dad will be coming Christmas Day. The plan is to open gifts in the morning and to then have a yummy dinner together (of course cooked by Jon, dessert by me) and then get this - the parents will watch Jack so Jon and I can go on a real date to the movies!!! It has been FOREVER since we have been able to go out together and the thought of this is way exciting! In fact, we haven't gone out together, in Helena, since last Spring. We are WAY overdue for a date. It will be so much fun. Not too excited about our movie selection (really... Avatar?), but it doesn't matter. It will still be fun!

The next day my mom and I plan to hit up the post-Christmas sales. Nothing like shopping with my mom. It is always this: (at least in Helena where the shopping is lame) we grab a coffee and head to Target. Then if we are feeling extra adventurous, we go to Macy's.... then maybe to where? Walmart, Kmart, Shopko? Ugh. The joys of living in Helena. But it is still fun.

I am very excited about this Christmas... our first in our own home. We usually travel to be with family. I think we are ready to start our own traditions in our own home. Jack is too young to remember this, but we are still going to spoil him with gifts. How can we not? He is a gift to us and makes Christmas even more special.

Merry Christmas from the Bennions!
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Sharee said...

I made marshmallows at Thanksgiving! I used agave nectar, and they turned out really good. I used this recipe:

They do take a few hours to solidify enough to not be super sticky, but they taste so good in hot chocolate, and even coffee.

Merry Christmas!

Justin and Crystal Billing said...

Home-made marshmallows are fun! I have only made them once, and they turned out way better than store bought ones. They were more like a gourmet candy than a marshmallow!

Barbara said...

Great post! I'd love to have the holiday at our house after all of the travel this year. Yuck. But, it was really nice to be with both of our families. Even nicer to come home! Keep spoiling Jack!

Brandi said...

So sweet!

Julie said...

I loved this post! Hope it was a good Christmas. I miss you!

Debbie said...

Your family picture is adorable!