As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger bed
There to bend the knee before
Him Whom Heaven and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek Thy mercy seat.
Before we were married, Joshua and I would discuss how we wanted Christmas to be celebrated in our (future) family. I felt, as did he, that gift giving on Christmas Day in many ways, took away from the celebration of the Feast, as it put the focus on the getting of things. We settled, quite quickly, (giving the radical nature of the ideas), on two things: 1. We would not give gifts to each other, only to future children, and those would be limited in number (most likely three) and 2. The gifts we would give would be given on the Feast of the Epiphany, so that we may celebrate the Season of Christmas without the focus on the stuff we’ve received.
Today we had the gift Â giving festivities with the kids. Here they are playing with a few of the things: