Discovering the True Meaning of Christmas

I hope everyone had an awesome Christmas! I can honestly say that this has been the best of my life. You hear from a young age how Christmas is not about the presents. Whether you are religious or not, Christmas is about family, love, and joy. And if you are Christian then Christmas is also a day to celebrate the glorious birth of Christ.

I have always known Christmas was more than the presents, but that never stopped me from focusing all too much on them. Always disappointed as the last one was ripped open, and never grateful enough for all I received. Christmas was about the presents no matter how much I tried to deny it. And then Christmas and all holidays became about food. All of my focus was devoted to how and what my family would eat on the holiday. OK great that I stopped caring so much about the presents, but replacing it with food was no better.

My dog Mr. George ready for his bone; Me with my  new coffee maker and Archer Farm's Gingerbread Toffee; My kitty Cody ready for his new water fountain

My dog Mr. George ready for his bone; Me with my new coffee maker and Archer Farm’s Gingerbread Toffee; My kitty Cody ready for his new water fountain

But since entering college, Christmas has become special. Not for the presents or the food. I honestly don’t focus on those parts of the day unless it is time to open gifts or it is time to sit down as a family and share a meal together. But otherwise, Christmas for me is about the day I get with both of my parents. Sharing jokes and jabs at each other, laughing, a lack of mother daughter fighting (yeah we used to fight every holiday… Sorry mom I was a brat), and a nice, pressure free day.

For the first time in all of my Christmases I saw this holiday for everything it is supposed to be. I am so grateful for the holiday I was able to spend with my mom and dad, enjoying a small family Christmas that I have come to love so much.

Dad had the idea of going on a little jog after opening presents. Awesome idea! I loved every minute of it

Dad had the idea of going on a little jog after opening presents. Awesome idea! I loved every minute of it

Now I am continuing my Christmas by going to Snowball Camp! Where I will be cooking meals and sharing the love of Christ with a few munchkins this holiday season!

Make room in your heart

She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn

Christmas Eve 2000 years ago, there was no room for the King of Kings in the small inn in Bethlehem. Our savior was born in a manger. he made room for himself in this world, the world did not make room for him. It is the same way with our hearts to this day. There are parts of our lives that take up too much room, we leave little space open for God. But what astounds me is that Jesus will make room in our hearts for him if we are willing. He will come in unexpected ways just as he came in the form of a teenage virgin pregnancy years ago. Be ready for him, help him and make room in your heart.

It is too easy to get caught up in the cookies, presents, Christmas movies and music of pop culture, and forget the simple message of Christmas. It happens to me every year. And every year my Church’s sermon renews me. I have made it so there is not enough room in my heart for my God, but with the anniversary of Jesus’ birth I am reminded that he was born for me. So that I could put my trust and life in him. So his light could shine on me and guide me on my path.

Merry Christmas everyone! May your holiday be filled with peace, love, hope, and joy!

I might be gone…

I am back to life. No more regular posts from me. But won’t that make my posts more fun! I have to say my vacation went out with a bang though!

Saturday!

I had the opportunity to meet one of the most awesome bloggers out there in cyber world! Hollie is seriously even better in person and I didn’t think that was possible. I have to say meeting someone who you have been reading about and communicating with on the web makes everything so much more real! Now when I read her posts I can imagine her saying things, and I know how to read the posts better. Does that make sense? Anyway she is real I have a picture to prove it.

Our breakfast is best recapped in her post. So I will let her do the honors with that. But I did try poached eggs for the first time. Where have I been those are awesome! O and anyone who reads Hollie’s blogs knows she can put down the coffee. I probably had one too many cups, I had to drink water all day to make the effects wear off lol.

Then  got to watch my Hokies beat the Hoo’s of Whoville (UVA). So I celebrated by making maroon and orange muffins.

I had pomegranate seeds and a can of pumpkin to use up. This is the first batch of muffins I have made without directly following a recipe! I made these for my parents and have been told since getting back to Tech that they approve. Roomie is going to try one too and she is the best food critic so I will let ya know!

Sunday!

Back to Hokieville I go. I asked my mom if saying goodbye ever gets easier. She unfortunately said no. I cry every time I say goodbye to my parents. I love them and I am their little girl. I am very attached, and I wonder if that is a bad thing sometimes. But after a sweet email from my mom, a 5 hour drive to help me get in the Hokie spirit, and reuniting with my roommate I can say that yes I was sad to leave, but I love the home Tech has become and I know that wherever I go next, my parents love me and want me to be happy, which means moving, growing up, and making a life of my own.

When I got back I had a surprise for my Christmas loving roommate!

Kailey LOVES Christmas. Like it’s a tad ridiculous… But her love seems to have spread to me. In my house we never decorate until the week before Christmas and all decorations must be down before my mom’s birthday (Jan 3). I have a feeling the twin hokie household will remain festive for much longer!

As the title states, you wont be reading me as often. Hollie gave me a great tip of writing posts on the weekends, and I am going to try to write at least 2 next weekend. But I have projects, tests, work, and a TA position and I want to spend time with my friends before Christmas break. I love the blog world, but it doesn’t come first. So I will see you when I see you! Be prepared though when I post they will be worth it! (I hope!)