Baking, cooking, wrapping, advent readings, Christmas songs of wonder and joy, and anticipations of family gatherings–Christmas is coming! I place presents under the tree, shiny and taunting for weeks before Christmas. Christmas is about anticipation; anticipation of the Savior’s coming, realized in the birth of a wee babe in a humble stable. The much awaited Messiah is born, but it isn’t finished–Christmas looks forward–forward to the cross, forward to the ascension, and forward to His second coming; Fullness of Time in a continuum of fulfillment.
Kiffanie spent quiet play on a rug in front of the Christmas tree yesterday, contentedly playing with a nativity. She enjoys acting out the Christmas story, and gets into heated debates with Kieran as to whether the scene should include a cow. They each have very determined, but contradictory, stances on bovine inclusion.