Anabelle’s First Christmas

I'm so excited to open presents!

It was 10 a.m. and all through the house, not a creature was stirring. After a night of frolicking and playing with the Orelllana family, Amy, Anabelle, and I were exhausted! We had a great Christmas eve with Anabelle’s “church cousins” and our dear friends, Hector and Erica. We ate, played the Wii, and watched a movie while eating popcorn. One word can describe our time together- SQUIRREL!

That explains the late start to Christmas morning. And in classic fashion, the first awaken from their winter slumber was our hibernating daughter! We had decided that it will be part of our tradition to allow our children to sleep in our room on Christmas eve so that we can all wake up together on Christmas morning. So, as Anabelle woke up at around 10 a.m., like a dog she started to scratch my back as if she needed to go for a walk! With a smile on her face (as if she knew it was Christmas), she gave me a kiss. It was my first Christmas kiss as a Dad. I’ll let you get your kleenex at this time.

Anabelle and I tried our best to wait for Amy to wake up on her own but she had an even longer night (or morning) as she went to bed at 4:30 a.m. So after patiently waiting for five minutes, I set my daughter loose. To her Mommy she went, giggling (which was to be interpreted as “Merry Christmas”). The second most precious moment was about to take place as I watched my wife’s eyes sparkle as she experienced Christmas as a mother for the first time. She gave Anabelle a hug and kiss and so was the beginning of Anabelle’s first Christmas.

Time wouldn’t permit to talk of all the “firsts” we experienced today. Needless to say, we soaked in every moment that we will never ever have again. It did make me wonder what the first Christmas was like. Joseph and Mary were first-time parents, too! They didn’t have much (as a matter of fact, it would be safe to say we had more). Yet, they held in their arms the Promise of God, the Saviour, the Lamb that would take away the sins of the world, Emmanuel! No wonder Mary was left speechless, simply pondering these things in her heart.

As I held my Anabelle today, she certainly is no savior! She’s defintely a sinner and we pray daily for her salvation someday. But she is God’s promise to Amy and I! For years we prayed for a child and God graciously heard and generously answered our prayer, and the prayers of many families and friends. What a gift!

Friend, if all God ever gave us was His Son, Jesus Christ, the sacrifice for our sins, He would have been more than enough! With Christ, you have everything! If you do not know Christ as your Saviour, will you trust Him today? If you would like to know more, please click on “The Greatest Gift” tab above.

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