The children's book that Mark and I wrote was published, and we received our shipment of books this week! Goodnight Aggieland is a book about the greatest university on earth, and it's unique traditions. While it is a children's book primarily, it's great for any fan who wants to share the traditions that make Texas A&M one of the most spirited campuses in the country. It would make a great Christmas present for anyone! We are so proud to be able to dedicate the book to our son, Zane Addisu, future Fightin' Texas Aggie class of 2031 (WHOOOOOP!)! See more about the book at www.goodnightaggieland.com.
We've had a great month of November. Ginger and cinnamon filled our apartment today as I baked Ginger Spice cookies. We had pot roast and cornbread tonight before downing the cookies with a hot cup of pumpkin spice coffee. I love fall. The smells and tastes are warm and inviting. The sites around Houston are filled with Christmas lights, colorful ornaments, wreaths, and ribbons. I felt pure delight as I listened to Bing Crosby fill the halls of Memorial City Mall yesterday. It may not be a "White Christmas" here, but it certainly will be a joyful one.
It's been interesting to think of Christmas this year with a toddler in our family. I want to make family traditions that are meaningful and important to him. Most of all, I want him to know the beauty of the season. Christmas is about giving, sacrifice, and hope. Our attention turns to the poor and the needy as we gather meals and gifts for others. We await Santa Clause, or Saint Nick, who is said to have given gold coins to three neighborhood girls who had no dowry for marriage. The coins were dropped anonymously through the chimney of their home and landed in socks hanging to dry over the fire. The most important reason we celebrate and the cause of the first Christmas, of course, was the Savior of the world being born to rescue man from their self-destructive sin nature. The hope and joy we have during this season is because of His deliverance from fear, oppression, and grief.
In the midst of the lights, music, merriment, and fun of it all, I hope to instill traditions of giving, sacrifice, and hope during this season. As Zane learns American culture, I pray that it is forever infused with his Christian heritage, and the true meaning behind our celebrating!
I would love to hear the Christmas traditions you have with your children or family! Please leave a comment or post on my facebook page!