We may have all said those words more than once this Christmas season as we viewed a poinsettia, a light display, a decorated table, a snowy landscape or a glittery Christmas village, listened to a Christmas carol or a carefully practiced Christmas offertory, or as we opened a particularly lovely gift. I know I probably said them a dozen times or more. But this time the words were spoken spontaneously by a four-year-old boy. They will be a special memory of this past Christmas.
He is one of the three grandchildren who, with their parents, were having dinner at our home on Christmas day. I had planned a little activity for the children to keep them busy while their mom and I put the finishing touches on dinner. I'd forgotten to bring down something out of my craft closet so, of course all three children had to come along when I went to get it.
The four-year-old, Josiah, had quickly scrambled up the stairs first and was a bit ahead of the rest of us. As he passed the open door to our bedroom, I heard a little gasp and then, "Oh, how beautiful!" (Only he said, "bootiful".) He had caught sight of the lighted tree in our bedroom. I thought it was so sweet how he just popped out with what he was thinking. He quickly made sure his brother and sister saw the tree as well.
|The boy who thought the tree was beautiful|
|A favorite glittery house on the lighted tree|
|Not sure how we got this effect, but isn't it pretty?|