Good things come in small packages. At least this is what I was told. It didn't really matter to me, I would always hope that the largest box behind the tree was for me. 

Christmas brings hope, expectations, and anticipation. For the smaller ones in our lives, such big emotions are a bit much to handle. Like balloons, the thrill of sitting around the tree makes them float. As they wait, their hope builds. 

Christmas carols paint the picture of the love and joy that is to be expected on this long awaited morning. Kids float, we dream. 

As Christmas day arrives, and the celebrating begins, we will notice who is sitting around our tree. These aren't figurines from some decoration, with plastic smiles. These are our children. Yet, not just our children, but our children in an extreme situation, which can take all of our emotions for quite a ride, and even bring sins to the surface.  We've all witnessed a birthday party melt down, and know what it's like to see gravity take its affect on that floating balloon. 

We have the privilege of guarding these hearts, filling them with candy canes and laughter, as we help them to keep balance. Knowing their emotions are on overdrive will help us to be proactive as we navigate our way through the crazy.

What's under the tree, doesn't matter. Who is sitting around it, does. These are our gifts. 

Good things do come in small packages.