My husband and I are blessed to live less than an hour away from our daughter and son-in-law, and they hosted the family Christmas gathering yesterday. That photo was taken in their great room with no flash, so the warmth of the house inside could be contrasted with the snowy, cold beauty of the forever wild area behind her home.
Once the rest of the family arrived, there was no time to take photos, as we were enjoying each other’s company, the fine meal, opening gifts, then singing Christmas songs while my niece played her guitar.
As we finished singing Away in a Manger, my sister commented that she felt a connection to how it must have been when baby Jesus was born, as this was the first time we sang the song with animals in the room. My daughter and son-in-law have two dogs who were lying peacefully by our feet as we sang. It was a magical moment, and one all present will treasure forever.
My wish for all my readers, is that you all have some magic enter your lives.