Christmas Eve Festivities

One thing I thank God for, especially at this time of year, is a loving and energy-giving family. We were able to show our love for each other in a practical way on Christmas Eve in the form of a gift exchange. For weeks, we all worked diligently and secretly on preparing special, personalized gifts for the exchange.

My two, new time-saving notebooks The bee-hive tool holder can hang on Mike's belt Astonished at David's gift for Esther   Another gift Jonathan made for Grandma

As each gift was revealed on Christmas Eve night, it was really neat to see how each gift met a specific need. Here are a few of them: Esther wanted ways to hang pictures in her room in Oklahoma so David artistically decorated some frames and invented a way to hang them on the wall. Jonathan didn’t have a spiffy red tie, so Esther made him one! I needed orderliness, so Reading his new place-matDaniel gave me a handy, personalized weekly planner and notebook.  Everyone but Robert had a personalized table place-mat, so Michael used his skills to complete the set. Jonathan’s amazing custom-made beehive-tool holder for Michael will be very useful. Everyone crowding in around to see David's gift Robert made David a notebook full of detailed Photoshop Tutorials for a fun way to learn the program. Daniel enjoyed the intense game I invented on the geography of Europe to help build skills in that area.

Daniel guessing his gift It was quite the evening! I praise God for a family who loves God, because those who love God, love others: “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments” (I Jn 5:2).


  1. Jenny December 31, 2007 at 5:55 pm #

    How fun to see what you all made for each other! Opening the special gifts that each one has made for their secret person is one of our favorite traditions as well. Those are amazing place-mates! Next time we come up there I will have to take a closer look at those. Great creativity everyone!! Happy New Year!!

  2. Robert January 1, 2008 at 6:59 am #

    That is definately my favorite Christmas tradition! Especially with Grandma and Grandpa there.

  3. Joshua January 1, 2008 at 5:14 pm #

    What a special tradition. We were actually thinking about putting up a similar post.

    Seeing all the diligence and creativity of each one is always a joy. May the abundant love that is evident in your midst spread to many families this year!

  4. Don and Donna Staddon January 6, 2008 at 7:24 pm #

    We are amazed at your enthusiasm and creativity in the gift exchange; and grateful to our Redeemer for your love for one another.

  5. The Wilkes Team January 7, 2008 at 7:30 am #

    Very inspiring! A large marjority of us were enjoying looking at all the creative gifts. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

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