Friday, December 5, 2008

Gifts



It's Friday!

I know I haven't done a "Family Friday" post in a looong time. I couldn't resist writing one today, though I only have a minute to spend on the computer ('tis the season to be locked away in the sewing room!)

Do you know what is one of the best parts of December?

Secrets in the family.

It's the one time when it's okay to have a bunch of secrets; no one gets hurt feelings by being told that they must be excluded from a whispering session. All you must do is hum "'tis the season..." and they get the message.

Siblings group up against siblings. Brother and sister pool their resources to buy that special large present for someone. Mom and daughter wink at each other at odd moments. Sister sneaks a gift into its hiding place by stowing it under dirty clothes in the laundry basket, and carrying the basket through the house.

Oops. I'd better be careful what I'm writing. My family reads my blog. :)

Anyway...I'm so thankful for the spirit of giving. I'm glad it's so much fun to plan gifts. I'm glad for the suspense of keeping them hidden. I'm glad these gifts make us think of the ONE gift no one could ever surpass.

On Christmas morning, we try to open gifts one at a time, savoring each expression and exclamation. We don't argue about who gets to open their gifts first. ...But we always argue over who gets to give out their gifts first. I love that about my family.

5 comments:

Alethea Jordan said...

Amber, I totally agree with you on this one. I was out shopping with Mom today and had a VERY hard time keeping a secret that I tried to get her. And MAN, do I know she'll like it, though! She kept talking about it being gone when she looked! *sly grin* I can't wait for Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I really like your blog Amber! It's so inspirational! I love the theme of Proverbs 31!

That's what I want to strive for, too! And I'm glad there are other young ladies like you who help revibe the vision in others!

Thank you! Thank you!

-Miss H

( : Anna : ) said...

Fun, Fun, FUN! Christmas time is such a joyous season~~the surprises, precious time spent with family, delight with friends, but MOST of all, *Celebrating* the birth of our Blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Oh JOY!!

Amanda said...

Everything you said is true about our family, too! We love Christmas, and we love the suspensful secrets of giving that are hidden throughout the house!! :)

Amber said...

Alethea Jordan; Hope you're still keeping your secret well! I'm sure your Mom will love the gift.

Miss H; Thank you so much, and welcome to my blog! May God bless you.

Anna; your comment is just oozing with excitement. :) Hope your Christmas preparations are going well.

Amanda; you sure have a lot of people to keep secrets hidden from; but I'm sure you get good at that with practice. :) I got your note; thanks! ;)