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Left Book The Honor of Your Presents
by Lee, Lissa M.
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I have always been a less than adequate speller. Practice and learning phonics with my children has aided in my improvement, but sometimes I still get it wrong. And sometimes it can be in the most embarrassing ways.

Several years ago I had planned the family Christmas to be celebrated in my home. I had decorated, cooked and planned the entire event to the last detail. I had even mailed formal invitations to each family member. They read:

The honor of your presents
Is requested on
December 25th
To a family celebration of Christmas
At five o'clock in the evening.


I didn't catch my mistake, but all my family did. Being the good-humored bunch that they are and loving a practical joke, they all became conspirators. I had made it too easy for them to get a good laugh.

Christmas evening, at exactly five o'clock my doorbell rang. Putting on my best holiday smile and forming my warmest "Merry Christmas," I swung open the door expecting to meet the cheery faces of relatives and loved ones. My salutation was caught in midair when instead of family faces, I was greeted to an enlarged copy of my invitation with the word "presents" highlighted and all the gifts everyone had planned to bring stacked neatly on my doorstep. No one was in sight.

I began to hear snickers coming from the bushes along the side of my house. Realizing I had been "had" I collected the presents, brought them inside and closed the door. They weren't going to get the last laugh! I rushed to my bedroom, found a sheet of poster paper and wrote in large letters, "Thank you for your presents, I do hope you come again next year" highlighting the word "presents." Then I taped it to my front door and waited and waited and waited and waited. We're a bunch of stubborn strong-headed Scots and admitting defeat wasn't going to come easily.

Finally I relented, being I was the hostess! I opened the door and collected relatives from behind, bushes, trees, shrubs and cars.

Dinner was everything I expected. We laughed and cajoled. It made a perfect Kodak moment.

After dinner, as is tradition in our home, the oldest grandchild present reads the Christmas story from Luke's account. We pray thanking God for the prior year's blessings and then begin opening the gifts. Wrapping paper put away, children bustling around in the den with new toys and adults nibbling on dessert generally gives way to introspection. Tonight would be no different.

Watching our children play, my brother-in-law sighed, "How often do we want God's presents more than His presence?" Everyone smiled.



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