Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas! We’ve had a great few days with family and I’ll share more in a later post, but here are Grayson and Charlotte’s annual letters from Santa, always a highlight of our Christmas.


Dear Grayson,

Well, the big night has arrived once again!  I’m here with my sack of presents while the reindeer are waiting with the sleigh on the roof.  I made the mistake of parking on the street while I visited your neighbors and ended up with a fifty dollar ticket!  I love my job, but sometimes it is not easy.

Speaking of tough jobs, being a big brother has got to be near the top of the list.  From what my elves tell me, you have excelled at the three “p”s of big brotherhood – pride, patience, and posing (in matching outfits).  I was also reminded of your fourth “p”, perseverance, when I read about your dapper Beads of Courage appearance in the North Pole newspaper.  I understand there will be more beads to come in January. Grayson, the word courage does not even begin to describe what you are about.

I think that God may have put you and me on this earth for the same reason.  You know, the N. Pole is not the easiest place to live and work, and I am not the youngest or fittest person to be lifting all of those packages.  I have come to realize, however, that God made me a part of Christmas to remind us all that

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness

                                                                                                                          2 Corinthians 12:9


I can see that power in your mother and father.  Every day you are dressed and groomed.  Every day you are delivered to school.  Every day you are sung to.  Every day you are loved. The fact that you can’t do those things for yourself does not stop them from happening, because it is the will of the God who made us that “my grace is sufficient for you”. 

Many years ago on this night God himself came to earth also knowing that there will be more beads to come.  He spent His life teaching us that those beads are the Kingdom of Heaven.  Merry Christmas, Grayson.


Dear Charlotte,

Well, here you are at your first Christmas with a smile on your face and a twinkle in your eye.  I am in the gift business, so I know that nothing I can give your family this year can even approach the gift you have been to everybody.  I am also in the twinkle in the eye business and know mischief when I see it.  That’s your word to the wise for next year.

As a first timer on my list, here are the basics.  The world was lost to sin, and God Himself came to save it.  He didn’t come as king, soldier, or even a caregiver.  He came to us an infant, just as you came to us earlier this year. Later on you will learn how He saved us, but on this night all you need to know is that the sky was filled with light and the singing of multitudes of angels.  We give gifts to one another as a reminder of the gift of life that God gave us.

That’s where I come in.  The deal is, I bring presents to you and all of the other children of the world. In return, you leave me snacks.  (No beets, however).  That second part is why I have such a large waist.  I would be impossible for me to get all this done if I were to stop and talk to everybody, so I come when you are sleeping. 

I know that the coming year will again be a big one for you and your family.  God puts children in families so that they may grow in wisdom and stature and has given you a special one for that purpose.  It is my privilege to watch you grow and especially to see you smile.  Merry Christmas.



  1. Becky on December 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Love these letters! Hoping you and your beautiful babes had a wonderful day!

  2. Esperanza on December 27, 2013 at 6:21 am

    What a beautiful Christmas card. And I love your tradition of writing a letter TO your kids FROM Santa. So cute. They will cherish those always, I'm sure.

  3. Erin on December 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Beautiful card with your sweet babies on it, they for sure are the Merry in your Christmas! Gorgeous letters from Santa and they speak the truth. It has been a tough year, but also a good one, and I am glad you all had a very very Merry Christmas!!! XOXO-

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