Just a quick note - this will be our last blog for the year and will be starting back up January 2, 2020.
We had a wonderful Christmas tradition at our house that involves the Elf on the Shelf who we called Jingles. This Elf on the Shelf is the incredible idea that some (very rich) person came up with and is a huge seller at Christmas. The whole notion is that the Elf sits on a shelf and watches the children and observes whether they are being good or not. Then, at night while they are sleeping, the Elf flies off to tell Santa how they have been behaving. When the kids wake up they want to see where the Elf is and where he is sitting that day. So, every night the parent moves the Elf to a new location.
Grayson, my now 15 year old, still wants to believe that doll flies away each night. I think that Blaine, my now 18 year old, just plays along so not to spoil it for Grayson. Every once in a while Grayson will question if the Elf is real. Any type of an explanation from Cheri and I quickly keeps the story alive.
When Grayson was 8 years old, he also still believed in Santa and continues to ask me when I am taking him to go see Santa. How great it must be to still be a child and get caught up in the magic of Christmas. I think that it is so easy to get caught up in everything that is not right in the world, worrying about what might or might not happen, and stay so busy that we lose perspective of what God is showing us this time of the year.
God has two presents for us. It is about the present that God gives us which is the here and now. We often miss this gift of the here and now rehashing the past with regret and the future with worry. More importantly, God gave us the greatest present of all which was the birth of His Son.
My Christmas wish for you is that you will get caught up in the magic of a toy Elf or experience the Christmas cheer of Santa and have a knowing that through God’s greatest gift to us there is a hope and a joy that is always there waiting to be received. To me, that is the true meaning of Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you and your family – I am so grateful and blessed for you following Prudent Money throughout the year.
Keep the Faith