Even though many of you may be too busy to read this greeting, the wish is there. I, too, am busy, but not so much that I can’t think about my readers.
During this season of shopping, baking and partying, take a break to think about why we celebrate. Over 2000 year ago, we received the greatest gift of all, when God sent his son as a baby. This baby grew up to sacrifice himself for the atonement of our sins.
What an amazing gift! Nothing we could ever give or receive can compare.
We plan to attend a candlelight service on Christmas Eve and then worship on Christmas morning. That is our tradition – does your tradition include worship?
The holidays at this time of the year also give us reason to celebrate family. We don’t always appreciate our family as much as we should. This year, be sure to tell your family members that you love them.
If you are traveling to be together, be safe. Drive carefully, get to the airport early – do what you can to make the trip more pleasant. Most of all though, enjoy the time you have to spend with each other.
I can’t wait until my family starts arriving tomorrow! Not everyone will be able to be here at the same time, which is disappointing, but at least everyone will be here sometime to celebrate.
Have fun watching your family open the gifts you have given them. This part can be more of a blessing than opening your own gifts. My daughter is an aspiring chef, so few years ago, I bought her a chef’s jacket with her name embroidered on it. I think that gift was the only one that ever brought tears of joy to the receiver (and then the giver).
Give yourself permission to eat the special treats that will be offered to you. The diet can be put on hold for a couple of days. We will be continuing our tradition of having Cornish Hens with Cherry Sauce for our Christmas dinner. Last year I said we would have something different, but when the time came, I couldn’t do it.
What family traditions do you have? Have you broken or changed some? Do you like the new tradition better?