Christmas traditions. We all have them don’t we? I love this season. It’s cold outside, and snow is blowing, yet we are warm and cozy in our homes with our family close by. Full of love and comfort. Life seems to slow down, and we appreciate all that God has given us. We see how blessed we are and how faithful our Father is. A tradition my family has for Christmas Eve is that we all dress up and go to the Christmas Eve service, although this year we weren’t able to as our church doesn’t hold one. And every Christmas Eve (after we get back from the service) we settle down of the couch with bowls of snack mix and mugs of apple cider and watch A Christmas Carol. It’s wonderful. Then in the morning we sit around the tree and chat before starting the day. We open the old family Bible, and read the Christmas story. I think that is my favourite tradition we do; reading the Bible before we do anything else. It causes us to stop and think about the real reason we are celebrating. It isn’t about the presents, the food and the cheer. It’s about Jesus. It’s about God. It’s about a Saviour who was born. Born for me. He was born for all of us. “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”(Luke 2:10) How great is our God, how faithful!
Christmas this year has not all been full of joy and gladness. There have been incredible hardships, and at times I really didn’t feel like celebrating. I felt like crawling in a hole and wishing the world away. But He is faithful, He is real. And I have the great privilege of celebrating His birth and His salvation, not only during the Christmas season, but all 365 days of the year.
The grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord to you all.