So today’s email is going to be super short because we are SKYPING tomorrow!!!!!! I’m soooooo excited :)
We acted out the nativity with a little family in our ward on Monday and it was super fun and super cute :) They loved it! We did it in honor of the Yost tradition to do it every year! And one of the little girls made me a homemade Christmas tree at school and its soooo cute. I didn’t find a cute nativity on our shopping trip to Luino, but i got a cute little one in Gallarate, it’s really small though but its super cute and Italian looking. I’ll send a picture of it next week! Oh and I got it really cheap since its right before Christmas and it was missing one little sheep so it was only 18 euro! So i thought that would make dad happy :) haha, Oh and the Siena Sorella slept over last night because of permesso problems so we all opened the last story (from the 12 days of Christmas) together this morning around the Christmas tree and drank Starbucks hot chocolate and we all loved it! It was so fun ::) so thank you mom!
I just wanted to send a little email about how amazing this Christmas has been for me. I feel like I have truly learned the true meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate such a momentous day. We are celebrating the beginning of something so great, something so grand, that is the life of our Savior Jesus Christ. It’s the day Heavenly Father let Him go and come down here to earth, fully aware of His earthly mission and fully aware of the price that was to be paid. It truly was the greatest gift of all and each year we have the opportunity and blessing of celebrating the hope and peace of the plan of happiness through our Christ the Lord. We have so much to be grateful for and so much to celebrate. That is the true meaning of Christmas. We are so blessed that we get to come together each year and celebrate it as a family and remember that because of this great Christmas gift, we can be together forever.
Christmas is about peace, and it’s about gratitude. Nothing else matters. It’s just our job to honor Christ and His unwavering gift to the world by striving to be more like Him and completely forget ourselves for the sake of all those around us, our brothers and sisters. All in all, we are really just giving back to Him what he has already given us. I’m so grateful for my mission and for the many opportunities I’ve had to come closer and to better know my Savior.
My mission has changed my life and I will be forever grateful for the chance to be here in Italy. I know my time is running short so I must make every day count while I can :) He truly is the gift.
Vi voglio benissimo e mi mancate tantissimo! ci vediamo domani! BUON NATALE!