The power of a letter….

21 Dec

I wish we had started this tradition when we my husband and I first met, or at the very least in 2005 when we celebrated Christmas with our first child in the home, but we didn’t get this going until 2009.  That being said- better late than never IS a valid truth!!

Christmas traditions can be a LOT of fun!

We put a puzzle together on Christmas Eve as a family (you know 24 – 100 pieces…we’ve got little ones!)

We get up and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and read the Christmas Story before we open presents.

We eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast… (like that’s what we need with stockings stuffed full of candy!!!)

We typically stay in PJ’s all day (unless someone gets something new they are dying to wear, like costumes…shhhh don’t tell them : )

 

But one tradition is more dear to my heart than the rest.  Yes – reading the Christmas story is important… but we really do talk in our home about the Christmas story more than just at Christmas time… so it isn’t my “favorite” tradition.

Josh and I write a letter to each of the kids (and each other) and put it on the Christmas Tree as a present to open on Christmas morning.  So far, we’ve always read it to them, but now we have one who can read well, so he might get to read his own letter this year.

We fill the letter with each child’s accomplishments, adventures, moments we’re proud of, and funny stories from the year.  These letters are SO special.  I’ll never forget our oldest son sitting on his knees, crying, when he was 4 years old, as his daddy read him his letter!!!

There is something very powerful about words.  The Bible tells us they give life or death.  If we never intentionally speak the life-giving words, how can we help breathe inflatable life into our loved-ones souls?  No, we don’t have the power to fill them up like Jesus can.  But, we have the power to encourage and strengthen them through love and fellowship!  And if we really love them, we want to do that, right?!

Practical Application:

Maybe this Christmas, your heart is being stirred to write someone a life-giving letter, which will be a better present than you could EVER imagine!!

AND— post a comment of your favorite Christmas tradition!  You can never have too many- and it’s really fun to share!!!

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7 Responses to “The power of a letter….”

  1. Emily C December 22, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Kayla Gulick December 22, 2012 at 9:58 am #

      You’re welcome! Merry Christmas!!

      • Emily C December 22, 2012 at 10:04 am #

        As a PS it’s good to know that it’s never really too late to start a tradition too. I’ve been overwhelmed with my kids being 7 and 5 with the traditions I wish we would have started but I guess they’ll remember them better now anyway! Merry Christmas to you too!

      • Kayla Gulick December 22, 2012 at 10:09 am #

        That’s SSOO true. I was afraid my oldest son would be mad that his letters start when he was 4 and my youngest two have one from birth…. but better to start than to keep from such special memories for silly fears that usually don’t carry much weight.

  2. Rachel Self January 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    I LOVE this idea! I just may steal it when my husband & I have kids!

    • Kayla Gulick January 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

      Do it! It’s been SUCH a blessing! You could even start now to each other : )

      • Rachel Self January 15, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

        We just might do that!

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