In our neighborhood, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" means that more people are carrying chickens around for their Christmas meals. Ours is the only place in the area with twinkling lights. (You know Nick- even in Africa, he found and expertly hung LEDs!) While we are feeling a bit lonely this Christmas, it has helped us focus more on Jesus, which is a blessing.
We have so much to be thankful for, starting with the birth of our Savior. For some reason, this year, it has hit me harder than other years. Jesus was the son of the most high King, living in Heaven, walking on streets of gold, seated on a throne, living in absolute splendor. And God the Father sent Jesus down to a filthy little cave in Bethlehem, knowing His Son would die for me, because He loves me and wants me to spend forever with Him. All this, not because I am wonderful and deserving of this, but because He knows that I cannot possibly earn it myself- because the only way I can get to Heaven is if my sins are accounted for! So God chose to let His Son die for me. I can hardly wrap my mind around it.
So...It's been a good Christmas for the Eidens- lots of family time and new traditions! Here are some pictures of what we've been up to!
(If you are following us on Facebook, you may have already seen some of these.)