BG Christmas 2009

We’re drawn to Jesus as a Baby at Christmastime. We’re drawn to the Light of the World who came to earth as a vulnerable baby, to live in a human body. Who grew up as a kid and experienced everything we feel. Our hurts, pain, fun, and all. Christmas is about Jesus coming and living like us as he took on human form.

That is the true meaning of Christmas, and my Balcony Girls all agreed as we came together last week to celebrate, and to decorate candles (inspired by my friend, Melissa, from The Inspired Room).

BG Snowy Candles

Making Snowy Candles
1. Fill a bowl with Epsom Salt
2. Spray the outside of a candle (I used Mounting Spray) or paste with glue
3. Roll in the Epsom Salt, and let dry

Epsom Salt Candles

What is it about candles that mesmerizes us?

As each girl lit a candle around the room, we brought them together and talked about warmth, light, ambience, feelings, beauty, peace, security, even the scent.

BG contemplating flickering flame

I then asked the girls about their lives. Do they have a light inside of them, a flicker of something special that shines through to others? That others are drawn to? (My answer is yes! I totally see it in each of these girls!)

How we make an impact on others starts with us. In our hearts. I then shared a story with the girls about a Down’s Syndrome boy who was inspired by an idea that led to a good deed. He eventually touched many lives of those around him with the love that was in his heart.

And then we engaged in some easy Oreo cookie decorating (hand-dipped in white chocolate and a lot of frosting).

BG Oreos Christmas

So our lesson revolved around the Ultimate Act of Love. Jesus being born for us! Taking this all to our hearts, I must say we did have some fun. There’s never a dull moment, as I love opening my home to these teen girls. They’re interactive and teachable. They’re zippy-fun and always laughing. They are beautiful girls.

BG Toe Socks

I’m thankful for the gift of giving at Christmas. Balcony Girls is a way for me to give out, in my own home. And I’d encourage you to consider doing the same. Kids are just so easy …

Have you thought about sharing your home with younger kids in the New Year? It’s a great way to give out, to share that flickering flame that we each have inside of us!

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