Joy to the World

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation!

I hope and pray you are all enjoying special times with family and friends. But in case the Sandwich Generation issues are keeping you close to home, and you enjoy crocheting or knitting, join me in making a cute and EASY cowl scarf, or crochet cotton goodie, or ????. Ravelry is such a wonderful resource for all of us who love to crochet or knit.

Here are links to a variety of easy projects to pick from that I found while browsing there:

And while you do, enjoy…

And again,

MERRY CHRISTMAS

from Kaye at SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation

Christmas! Throughout this Advent season, we've talked about God's comforting and encouraging Bible verses, His precious love, and His awesome JOY. Today, it's CHRISTMAS DAY. We light all the candles, including the final candle, in our Advent wreaths. And we look to the most comforting aspect of the Christmas story – Jesus Christ, born as a baby yet Holy God and Awesome Savior – always and forever.

What blessed joy there is in that knowledge for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, busily dealing with the myriad of issues that come with caring for the elderly parents in our families as well as raising children or helping with the grandkids. I pray that your day – whether surrounded with fun, frolic and family, or a quiet time caring for elderly parents with health issues – is blessed with His presence, His power, and His love. And, as a Christmas gift to each of you – from your elderly parents on down to the youngest grand-toddler, just click on PLAY to enjoy the Gaithers and their Homecoming Friends singing Joy To The World!

Click to play this Smilebox greeting

 

Christmas praise and worship music is such an encouragement, isn't it? Christmas blessings to all of you in the Sandwich Generation from SandwichINK!!! 🙂

Frosted window panes, candles gleaming inside, Painted candy canes on the tree…

It's that time of year when the world falls in love, Ev'ry song you hear seems to say "Merry Christmas…"

Ahhh, one of my favorite Christmas songs. 🙂  And it carries with it a delightful reminder that one of the fun signs of the season are all the lovely Christmas lights coupled with Christmas carols and Christmas praise and worship songs. So far this year, my grandchildren and I have enjoyed a myriad of delightful displays as we've driven back and forth on errands. In addition, my senior mom, some of the grandkids and I have enjoyed a delightful outdoor display put on by the city they live in. This particular one is set up for you to park and walk around in the middle of the lights. I wasn't sure how well my senior mom would do since it was a particularly cold night. I should have remembered this is the same mom who tries to walk every single day no matter how cold it is! She did great and enjoyed it very much! Of course, the grandchildren found it the most magical, but we grownups loved the twinkling lights as well. My favorite part was the big tree that was set up to twinkle to the Christmas carols that were playing. Deee-light-ful!

Now that we are back home, we have a few more options like that available to us here. These won't be quite as much fun for the grandkids, but the aging parents will appreciate them more. You tour the display in your car with the heater running and the windows up. Granted, you might not get to hear their sweet Christmas carols, but the car radio or CD player should work just fine

I really appreciate that many of them are open through the first of the year. That way out-of-town guests who may visit after Christmas can join in the fun with us. I'm already looking forward to taking my senior mom and a good friend out to look at one of the displays available. It will remind her and me of one of our favorite Christmas memories – driving around to look at the Christmas light displays eons ago when I was just a little girl. My dad found the coolest area. Several neighborhoods got together and did block displays. One block would have all candy canes. Another block would have ice skaters. Nativity scenes were the priority on yet another block, and so on. We'd drive slowly by and enjoy the lights thoroughly. Then we'd head home for hot chocolate and Bing Crosby.

For those of you whose aging parents can't get out to see the Christmas lights, I hope you'll enjoy these videos I found. These light displays are incredible and I especially love that two of them are synchronized to Christmas praise and worship.  Merry Christmas! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

“All of us have had the experience of hearing a tune from childhood and having that melody evoke a memory or a feeling. The music we hear early on tends to stay with us all our lives.” Fred Rogers wrote this in his book, The World According to Mr. Rogers . Grandparents can make excellent use of this when they are spending time with their grandchildren. As Paul tells us, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Col. 3:16. I love to sing and play fun music, Bible songs, and educational songs to my grandkids to help them learn about God, math, grammar, and life in general.

One tradition I started with with my grandkids was to sing children’s Bible songs whenever I gave them a shower. Today I had a wee visitor and was busy singing away, with him joining in every so often in between spitting out water. As I did, I reflected on the fact that I tend to pick from the same twelve or so songs, so they have each heard these songs over and over. I realized today that they comprised a complete education “curriculum” for their spiritual walk. They include:

Jesus Loves Me –

Joy to the World, The Lord Has Come

Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Alleluia

I’ve Been Redeemed (And That’s Not All, I’ve Been Baptized)

The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

Trust and Obey

I Surrender All

Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace Whose Mind Is Stayed on Thee

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Have I Not Commanded You Be Strong & Courageous…For the Lord Your God Will Be With You Wherever You May Go

And my own little song, “God Is Faithful, God is True, God is Love, God loves you” – sung to Frere Jacques.

By singing these songs over and over, I’ve been teaching them that God loves them, that they need to receive Christ as Savior, be baptized, follow Him always, trust Him, obey Him, surrender themselves to Him, rejoice in Him, keep their minds set on Him, and be strong in Him, no matter what. These are all lessons their parents and I are regularly teaching them, but it was nice to realize that these shower-time songs help punctuate those lessons, and impress them in their minds in a different way.

Someday, when they are older, I hope and pray that as they make choices and decisions, the music and these songs will keep coming to mind, along with all the Bible verses they’ve memorized, and the lessons they’ve learned from their parents, grandparents, and teachers. I am trusting God that they will make positive choices that reflect their own love for God and reflect the positive lessons they’ve learned along the way.

For Bible song ideas to share with your grandkids, be sure to read Song Memories for Grandkids – The Sequel and Song Memories for Grandkids – The Sequel, Part Deux