We were so excited when we found out that Derrick (Damon's brother) and his family were moving within a reasonable driving distance! Although Nashville is still quite a drive, it is a lot closer than Boise and a drive we can defiantly justify at Christmas time. For the past 5 years, we have been desperately missing our family over the holiday and that is honestly one of the main reasons why I want to move home! Being away from grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins is hard and especially hard at Christmas time.
The thing I loved most about being with this awesome family over Christmas, was the example that they set for me and my family. I was completely shocked that not one of my adorable nieces or nephew ever once mentioned Santa, reindeer, presents or elves. When I would ask them if they were excited for Santa to come or what they wanted Santa to bring them, they would just shrug their shoulders and carry on with what they were doing. I quickly realized that Santa Clause was not the star of the show in this house and that these children were about to school me on the true meaning of Christmas! In their home, Jesus Christ and his birth are not set aside for the worldly Christmas views and traditions. On Christmas Eve, rather than fussing over the arrival of a big fat man coming through the chimney, there was a fuss over who would play Mary and baby Jesus in the nativity play. I was so impressed and thankful for their examples. Not just Derrick and Kara's, but the examples of their four children, all under the age of 10! They taught me that family traditions, no matter how fun or exciting, should never outshine the tradition of truly celebrating our Savior's birth. The correct way- with Chris Kringle on the back burner. Thanks Kara, Derrick, Chloe, Amelia, Lincoln, and Hannah- we had an awesome time in Nashville with Y'ALL and cant wait to come visit again!
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