Fourteen years ago, we were starting to get ready for Christmas…and then six of my children got the chicken pox.

We have photos of everyone reclining on sofas, trying not to scratch.

We didn’t go shopping, didn’t play outside and didn’t visit friends.

Instead, we listened to audiobooks, like The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Pilgrim’s Progress, and Treasures of the Snow.

That was a quiet and special December. I was present with my children, listening to the stories, offering liquids and resting while they napped.

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Maybe that’s the quiet, restful spirit I was yearning for when I broke out The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on Monday. I listened with my two youngest — and of course, cried at the end of this hilarious, touching story.

Now we’re listening to Treasures of the Snow – another one of those stories that adults can learn from, too.

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Armed with cranberries, we made a cheerful chicken pox snowman that year.

First Photo credit: Josh Boot

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3 thoughts on “{ Chicken Pox Christmas }

  1. Ahhh, your story reminds me of my family’s chicken pox story. My Mom was late in her pregnancy with my youngest brother when the other 3 of us got chicken pox. My Dad was out of town for one of his rare business trips. He called home to say hi (very rare in those days of expensive long distance–This was 55 years ago). At that point, my Mom burst into tears, so tired and overwhelmed. Later, it was a good story.

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