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Thursday, December 31, 2009

cute little Christmas memories

I have to mention that we're not huge on Santa here. We don't usually talk about him much. If they say his name, we don't correct them when they are little. If they ask, we tell them the truth. We don't sit them down when they are two years old and tell them he doesn't exist either. We know how kids can blab to other kids. They just kinda always know, there is no special moment and they don't feel wronged or that they missed out on anything. It's not hard when they are always hearing about Christ. I think it has been good for our family that has developed a very healthy Christmas. We try to make Christmas all about the Savior and place as much meaning as we can on that. However we also have always enjoyed gifts, cookies, and especially stockings; hanging them, admiring them, filling them and digging into them on Christmas morning! So, when A wanted to make some special cookies out of our stash to leave for Santa Daddy I said 'sure'. Who am I to get in the way of creativity?? No one had ever wanted to do this before. She is the writer in the family afterall, always looking for an excuse to write. These are those moments that you jump on. I thought this was so sweet.



for santa
from 'a'
do not touch
santa ownie....


Well, here is a few memories from Christmas day. I never quite get a great one of 'everybody' as it is so hit and miss that day. None of me, dad or grandma!



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Why MAGNANIMOUS?

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:
MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.