It was 1976 and my family was attending an unfamiliar church. I was wide-eyed, watching the service which was very unknown, yet fascinating to me.
At the end of the service, a nun gifted me with a children's Bible. The first Bible I'd ever seen. It was full of beautiful pictures and it became a favorite possession of mine. I looked through it so often that the pages became worn and dingy. I loved it so much.
That Christmas, when searching for something... anything to give my family members, I couldn't help but think of my little Bible. It was so special and I decided my dad would love it just as much as me.
So, I carefully inscribed it, "To Dad. Love, Serena De La Luz", and wrapped it up. I could barely stand waiting for him to open it the next day.
This picture was taken Christmas morning. Can you tell I was a weeee bit excited about the gift?!
I love the anticipation of Christmas. The parties, treats, celebrations, seeing the excitement in my children's faces. The magic of the entire season, when whichever holiday is being celebrated, regardless of belief, that the world just feels more peaceful to me. As if we're all on the same team.
And I like that. Very much.
And I just want to say to you, my friend:
Thank you for another wonderful year. For visiting with me here. For being on my team. I'm incredibly thankful for your support and for letting me share what I love to do every day with you.
From the bottom of my heart, Merry Christmas, to you ♥ .
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