Merry Christmas!

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I am a day late, but Merry Christmas to you! I hope you all had and are having a wonderful holiday season. We had a nice day yesterday; we had to wake all three girls up in the morning. They do so much better than my husband and I did as children–we were both the type waking up our parents at 1 am, 2 am, and so on until they finally stumbled out of bed sometime close to a reasonable hour. They probably should have just given us clocks and told us not to walk out of the room until X time šŸ™‚ Happily, Brayden is obedient to that rule and though he reports waking at 6:20, he did not get out of bed until 7:00 AM. We then tortured him to wait until we woke the girls at 7:45. He was very patient.

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I will be taking the week off from blogging this week and next week to have fun with my family. I plan to do some work here and there on the blog index (it needs a lot of updating!). I also have a whole new blog look ready to go–I will put that all up at the new year so be sure to come check it out! I am very excited. It is taking all of my will power to wait…why am I waiting you ask?  (My husband asked the same…) I have no real answer. Just that I decided it would be fun to unveil it at the new year so that is my plan.

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book,Ā The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on theĀ AboutĀ page. Follow her onĀ Facebook,Ā Pinterest, andĀ InstagramĀ for more tips and helps.

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  1. Veronika & Julien
    December 27, 2012 / 3:26 AM

    Happy holidays and happy new year! And thank you for this blog, you are such an inspiration!

  2. Kristy Powers
    December 27, 2012 / 2:43 PM

    That makes me laugh. Yes, unveiling at the new year will be a great time to do it. Have a great time-off from blogging!

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9 Symbols to Help You To Remember the Meaning of Christmas

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9 Symbols to Help You To Remember the Meaning of Christmas. Christmas decorations are fun, but they help us remember the reason for the season if we pay attention. 

9 Symbols to Help You To Remember the Meaning of Christmas. Christmas decorations are fun, but they help us remember the reason for the season if we pay attention.

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It struck me one night. I was almost asleep and this poem just came to me. I couldn’t fall asleep–the poem just kept nagging at me. I told myself I would write it down in the morning, but a voice in my head said I wouldn’t remember this in the morning. It had to be done now. So I sat up, grabbed some paper, and began to write. The whole thing was down in minutes.

I am by no means a poet–I am a technical writer! It really just came to me and I am so glad I did.  This is something I can use to teach my children about the symbols of Christmas. Decorations are fun and bring beauty and ambiance, but they are so much more than that. With Christmas decorations, there is meaning behind each traditional decoration:

Remember Christmas
by Valerie L. Plowman

Red reminds of the blood He spilt

to wash away and cleanse all of our guilt

White is for His actions, most pure.

Through sinless perfection, He did endure.

Green is for the life eternal

we can obtain through our Lord supernal.

The star shines like the one so bright

that twinkled above that first Christmas night.

The fir tree is for many things:

the tree of Jesse–the father of kings,

and for the needles pointing to the Lord–

that little babe we all adored.

The wreath shows one eternal round;

the begin’ of the Lord cannot be found.

The lights remind us that this babe

is the light of the world, and born to save.

The candy cane is for the crook;

not one sheep or lamb the shepherd forsook.

The Christmas bells we love to ring

proclaim joy! The birth of a newborn king.

These symbols remind us that we,

more like the three wise men all now should be.

Earnestly seeking to find the new babe

who humbly in a manger laid.

9 Symbols to Help You To Remember the Meaning of Christmas. Christmas decorations are fun, but they help us remember the reason for the season if we pay attention.

9 Symbols to Help You To Remember the Meaning of Christmas. Christmas decorations are fun, but they help us remember the reason for the season if we pay attention.

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book,Ā The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on theĀ AboutĀ page. Follow her onĀ Facebook,Ā Pinterest, andĀ InstagramĀ for more tips and helps.

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4 Comments

  1. Katherine
    December 24, 2009 / 7:57 PM

    Beautiful. Thank you šŸ™‚

  2. Redheads
    December 24, 2009 / 8:23 PM

    Love the poem! Merry Christmas!

  3. Janelle
    December 26, 2009 / 4:25 AM

    Wow, Val, this poem is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

  4. Sarah
    December 30, 2009 / 1:24 AM

    That is wonderful! Thank you for sharing it!

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