EEK it’s CHRISTMAS WEEK!
It’s that time of year again when the stress of Christmas shopping and gifting are slowly coming to a halt. In just 6 days, my most favorite holiday will finally be here! The rush of last minute shopping is very exciting to me because in a few days, I will be able to watch my daughter and husband’s reaction as they open their gifts!
Each family has their own traditions that they have adopted and created during this special time of year. A few of my clients have shared what their favorite traditions are.
” My favorite tradition is on Christmas eve making hot chocolate and watching the polar express with the kids in our pjs. ” – Beth Baker
” One of my favorite traditions probably has to be when we have all the cousins over every year to make gingerbread houses and a sleepover. We have done it every year for as long as I can remember! ” – Leigha Lentini
” Our favorite Christmas tradition is the family all getting together and watching everyone open gifts and enjoying themselves.
we also enjoy leaving cookies for Santa and the expressions on the little one’s face when they are gone.”
– Deb Currington
” Our favorite Christmas tradition is taking Ava to see the Christmas lights. We’ve taken her every year since she was 3 months old. I love seeing her face light up when we pull in and she sees everything all lit up. ” – Brooke Sivley
” Every Christmas Eve, Campbell, Bryan and I sit together and Bryan reads “twas the night before Christmas” to Campbell before bed. We have done this every year since campbell was 4 months old! Campbell says her favorite thing she loves is the tradition my mom has started with her and my niece: Christmas cookie baking and decorating at NeeNas house!”
– Shawna Koch
” My favorite Christmas tradition is definitely picking out the family ornament for the year!”
– Bethany Welch
” This year some of the women in my family and our kids have started back our tradition of making Christmas candy. When I was a kid my aunt would come over and we would make candy. My sister remembered how much we enjoyed that and wanted to start this tradition back. We made candy this past weekend and had so much fun and all agreed we need to keep this tradition going. ” – Jade Harrison
“On Christmas Eve, we read a children’s book my mom wrote for me as a kid. It’s called Why Reindeer Fly” but is about the real meaning of Christmas. ” – Siusan Peek
” Our favorite Christmas tradition is putting up the Christmas tree and decorating.”
– Melissa Ward
” Our Christmas tradition is to always be out of town during Christmas. We will take all of our presents from under the tree and unwrap it from “another place” than home. With a busy ministry schedule, it is always nice to be able to break away and spend time with the family. Christmas feast for us always involves Korean BBQ too! ” – James Kim
One of my favorite Christmas tradition that we have started since having a daughter, is baking Jesus a birthday cake and singing happy birthday to Him. A reminder of what it’s all about.
When my siblings and I got older, we couldn’t wait to open our presents from our parents on Christmas day. I don’t know how we convinced our parents, but we began a tradition of staying up till midnight on Christmas eve and opening presents then. When I got married, that tradition continued on. Although now that we have a child, we no longer wait till midnight. As soon as we come home from our church’s Christmas Eve service, we begin our unwrapping.
Because we have already exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve, our Christmas day is focused purely on family time!
I didn’t grow up with a fancy Christmas. I was grateful to receive one gift from our parents. I didn’t grow up believing that Santa Claus has left me a present under the tree, but I did grow up knowing the true meaning of Christmas.
For the third world countries who cannot afford a Christmas celebration, December 25th is just another day, but the meaning remains. There is no Christmas without Christ. He is the reason we are able to enjoy a holiday with family and friends. Christmas is not about gifts, it’s not about family time, it’s not about doing good deeds, it’s not about Santa Claus. It’s about the birth of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
For those who don’t believe in a God, just like Santa Claus they believe that the nativity scene is just a fun story. For those of us who believe the truth of Jesus Christ, our celebration has the highest meaning! The birth is just a small part of the story. Our celebration continues to Easter when we celebrate the cross, and will continue celebrating what God has done for us for the rest of our existence!
Whatever your Christmas may be like this year, whether over the top festive or calm and lonely, remember the true meaning of Christmas! You are here for God’s purpose and you are greatly LOVED! Count your blessings and have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
” For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. “
– Isaiah 9:6
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