Our favorite Christmas tradition happens for our family on Christmas Eve. Every year we dim the lights and sit by the twinkling Christmas tree with it’s beautiful glow as my husband reads the Christmas story….
“1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”
~Luke 2:1, 3-20
We move over to the dinning room table and read our Advent readings, as the glow of all the advent candles light the room. Then our birthday celebration begins as we all sing happy birthday to our Savior and Lord, giving thanks to the Father for sending His Son to be born in a manger so long ago. For our family, it highlights the true meaning of the season, and creates memories that will never be forgotten.
Does your family have a birthday celebration for Jesus? What other Christmas traditions do you have the make Christ the center of the season?
I want to let you know that this will be my last post this year. I am taking time off to draw closer to the Lord and to spend time with my family this season. Please take time out from the busyness of the season to do the same. Nothing is more important than our Savior and family during this Christmas season. My next post will be Monday January 7, 2013. We will resume our Legacy Leaver Thursdays Link Up that week, as well as starting the beginning of a new series.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
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