Our entertaining schedule has been light for many years now since Dean's accident. Tight finances, coupled with Dean's low capacity for crowds and distractions, has put our hospitality ministry on hold. So, I was really excited about having family over that night. There weren't a whole lot of gifts to open, but enough to whet the kids' appetites for Santa's gifts the next day.
And speaking of appetites, Dean's been having a raging one recently. For Christmas he got some potato chips, two bags of M&Ms, and chewing gum from the granddaughters. We all (except me) thought he'd make them last, since I mostly try to keep him away from calorie-loaded treats. But they were all gone by the end of Christmas Day. (Except for the gum...because he couldn't remember where he stashed it.)
The one gift he got that night that will last was the new cowboy hat they gave him. It is a great improvement over the old battered one he was wearing.
Christmas, coming right before the New Year, is the perfect time for replacing the old with the new.
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." II Corinthians 5:17
May we all look forward to a New Year in Christ.
|He's still not ready to retire the old hat, however. Guess I can't blame him--looks like it's got some history!|