the reason for the season

30 Nov

In an effort to instill some values in my progeny, I started talking to them tonight about Advent.  I wanted them to know that long lay the world in sin and error pining til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.  But all that sin and error is a little bit heavy for a three year-old and an eight year-old, who were all I had with me tonight.  Wade was at Boy Scouts picking up enough popcorn to ensure that he is busy delivering from now until Christmas Day.

I started with Christmas.

“What is Christmas really all about?” I asked the crew in the back seat.

“PRESENTS!” Anna shouted gleefully.  My worst nightmare.  A spoiled, ungrateful, materialistic child.

I decided to try another approach.  “Whose birthday do we celebrate on Christmas?”

“MINE!” Henry exclaimed. “It’s MY birthday!”

You would think they had never set foot in a Sunday school class.  And yet, they have starred in 5 Epiphany pageants, playing angels and lambs and shepherds.  They are all baptized Episcopalians.  We have read all the Christmas books and attended church on Christmas Eve as well as all through Advent.  We have nativity scenes set up in our house this time of year.  Did I mention that Ambleside is all about teaching an enduring love for Our Savior, Jesus Christ?  And Henry attends St. Luke Methodist Church Christian Child Development Center.  He goes to school at a church.

I think I am going to ask for a refund on all that tuition.

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4 Responses to “the reason for the season”

  1. Rachie November 30, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    Hahaha! I think we should celebrate Henry’s October birthday in December. Better yet, why can’t he just have two birthdays? I am chucking aloud over here!

  2. Tifani December 1, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    Sounds like you got the same results I got from my smallest two. I wanted to do something beautiful for Thanksgiving using their words, but all I could get was that they were thankful that Thanksgiving was so close to Christmas presents.

    • brightenthecorner December 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

      I think you’ll have to do something beautiful with those words, too, Tifani. In 15 years, they will be so tickled with their tiny selves.

  3. Esmer December 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    I love those Noelke children!! 🙂

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