Christmas is truly my favorite time of the year and for our family, the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving. We like to have the tree put up and the house decorated over the long weekend, but we tend to add things right up until Dec. 24. Rachel and Jack still place our nativity scene in the same spot in our living room with baby Jesus in a drawer underneath and the wise men on the piano. Every few days they move them along their journey until they reach the manger. This and Rachel’s Advent Calendar with the little pieces of chocolate, actually help us all to remember what we are really anticipating—Jesus’ birthday.
We have so many traditions we look forward to every year: baking cookies; watching Christmas movies; listening to Christmas music; wrapping presents; attending Christmas programs; riding around to look at Christmas decorations; attending church on Christmas Eve; opening our first present (new pajamas to wear Christmas Eve); reading the Christmas story in the book of Luke; getting up on Christmas morning to open our presents; enjoying a delicious brunch and getting ready for our Christmas meal with all the trimmings.
All three of our children are now adults, and we are delighted that they are all strongly committed to the Christmas traditions they enjoyed as children. We are also proud of the way our two oldest children are passing these traditions on to their children. We only wish they didn’t live so far away—Texas and Arkansas. I treasure my childhood memories of Christmas and truly appreciate everything my parents, and my Aunt Edna and Uncle Alvia did every year to make this a magnificent occasion. I have enjoyed continuing many of these traditions with my family and pray that they will help them to always remember what Christmas is all about.
May the peace and hope of Christ’s birth be with you now and throughout the coming year,