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JAMMY COCOA CHRISTMAS!
So, every year, I share our silly little tradition with you…and today’s the day for 2016.
When I was little, my dad coined the term Jammy Cocoa Christmas and now, it’s something I do with my family too. Here’s how you do it…
So…it’s basically just driving around and looking at Christmas lights…but you have to wear your pajamas AND go into a coffee shop with your pajamas on. My kids look forward to this night every single year and of course, we were pumped that it was Madeley’s first Jammy Cocoa Christmas!
Trying to get everyone into a picture is tricky…
…here we are about to go into Starbucks for coffee/hot chocolate and a goodie.
You know…just waiting in line at Starbucks in my pajamas.
Ashby was excited that our boots matched 🙂 .
Why am I at Starbucks in my pajamas?
We learned a long time ago that the Shull kids have a hard time balancing hot chocolate and a treat at the same time in the car while looking out the window at lights…so we poured their hot chocolate into kid cups to make things easier. Here we are about to head out to see lights! We even let Madeley have hot chocolate for the first time. She LOVED it!
In the car about to see lights…I love my little photobomber in the background!
So, we spent the evening driving around town looking at lights. We listened to carols, the kids were crazy loud, we picked out our favorite yards…and I faked it the whole time. Yeah…this year, I faked my way through Jammy Cocoa Christmas because my heart just wasn’t in it. You all know that one of my closest friends has been battling cancer for the third time for a little over two years now and Monday was a really hard day. Before the kids went to school on Monday morning, we told them it was Jammy Cocoa Christmas and they were pumped, but by the time they got home from school on Monday, my little world had been rocked big time and I wasn’t mentally/emotionally there. They had requested one of their favorite dinners, so I made it but honestly, I was just going through the motions the whole time. The whole night was just a big blur…I showed up and faked my way through, but inside, I was a tired, drained, exhausted, sad mess.
So…I say all of this for two reasons:
1. My friend needs prayer. Please be praying for my friend and her family. Pray for them this Christmas season because they need it. Pray for her, her husband and her two very young kids.
2. I know many of you are faking your way through the holidays as well, and I just felt like you should know that sometimes, I’m faking it too. I’m showing up for my kids and my husband, but my heart hurts. The heaviness I feel right now won’t soon go away and as much as I wish I could shake it off, I can’t. So…for those of you fakers out there like me, I’m praying for you too.
So, that’s it for today. It’s such a wonderful time of year…but it can also be hard too. My hope, peace and joy stems from the real reason we celebrate this season…Jesus. No matter what happens, I trust in Him.