Christmas Traditions

Most families have Christmas traditions – hosting a party on Christmas Eve, dinner at a certain family member’s house, sending out Christmas cards, etc.

I’m here to share ours!  The ones we brought from our separate families (the ones we grew up with), and the ones we’ve started for our family.

From Forest’s family:

  • Baking and decorating Christmas cookies in the week(s) leading up to Christmas
  • Waking up extra early to get Christmas started

From Cindy’s family:

  • Christmas Eve service at church followed by opening one gift before we went to bed (it was always pajamas)
  • Waking up extra early to get Christmas started
  • Cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning after we opened all of our gifts

New traditions that we’ve started since being married:

  • Attending Christmas Eve service at church
  • Opening one gift on Christmas Eve that we got for the family (a board/card game, movie, etc.) and playing/watching before bed
  • Watching The Polar Express on Christmas Eve

Christmas is always so special.  Not because of the gifts under the tree or the food we make.  It’s the family we have beside us (near and far) that makes it special.  It’s the traditions we’ve kept or the new ones we make.  It’s the day of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

1 John 4:9

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  And angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news that will ause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Luke 2:8-14

Until next time — Cindy

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