This was our first Christmas back in Germany since our return, and the first Christmas in our house in Monzelfeld; and it felt like we could finally relax a bit from our two recent international moves.
Sometimes life seems to be a constant whirlwind of events that are often outside of our control; and we appreciated being able to focus time and attention on our young family.
A view from the mezzanine balcony by our piano looking down on the living room decorated for Christmas – which has always been our favorite time of the year.
Christmas fills us with the hope of redemption brought to us by a Savior in Jesus Christ who arrived as a baby in a manger, reminding us through His dependency as an infant – of our personal dependency on God for all of our needs.
The splendor of the decorations and the lights of Christmas reminds me of the beauty of the Heavenly array of countless stars and God’s wonderful creation that we are privileged to be a part of.
The gifts of Christmas we give each other transcends their material nature; instead they mirror and reflect in our giving the actions of a loving God who first gives His grace and blessings to us.
Our Nativity Scene is a serene portrait of love, care and patient concern – with each figure bringing a different aspect and focus to the contemplation of the deeper meaning and significance of the new born Savior.
It was about this time that my wife and I began the deliberate process of leaving the hectic demands and intrusions of the outside world at arms length, and focusing our attention first and foremost on the needs of our young family.
David was one and a half months shy of his 3rd birthday, and in the eyes of a small child the wonders of Christmas brings a rich new aspect into their young lives.
David’s grandfather or “Opa” was able to enjoy some quiet, quality time with David and our family; and we often went with him to his favorite place – the Himmerod Abbey in nearby Großlittgen, Germany.
David shows off a new Mickey Mouse sweat shirt that he received for Christmas, and for a young family Christmas gifts often focus on the needs of ever growing children.
I show off a new shirt from Santa that will be a practical addition to my clothes closet.
Having just moved from California to Germany, Santa seemed to understand that I needed a new sweater to stay warm during the long cold German winters.
David tries to figure out which way is up on his new sweatshirt, another practical gift from Santa to put to good use during the cold, winter weather.
David shows off two new hand puppets that brought a whole new world of interactive theater and play acting into his young life.
A “Raggedy Andy” soft toy joins David’s growing cast of little friends and stuffed animals, a harmless world of imagination and play meant to keep out much of the influence of the outside world as long as possible.
Here David shows off a small stocking stuffer, in what may be one of the best pictures that I have ever taken.
David and I on the couch with me wearing the new sweater brought by Santa, in what is a good portrait and representation of this chapter of our lives at Hahn AB and Monzelfeld, Germany.
Like all children, David was growing up quickly right in front of our eyes; and as new parents it seemed like this new adventure was at times more of a sprint for us than it was a marathon.