Christmas Traditions

I love coming up with new traditions during the holidays.  They are fun and I want our children to remember our traditions when they are grown.  I think that is what makes the holidays so special.

We cut down our own tree two years in a row, but this year my husband cut down a tree (that my daughter picked out) from right behind our house.  She loved picking it out and she did most of the decorating.  It looks really good (and it was free).  I’m not sure if we will always cut down our own trees, but we will let our kids pick them out.

Yesterday we spent one full day baking cookies.  We will definitely be keeping that as a tradition.  We’ve baked some here and there in the past, but yesterday was a full production.  My daughter and I ate breakfast and then started baking (in our pajamas).  It was fun, she loved icing the sugar cookies and rolling other cookies into some ground almonds.  I think her favorite part was, of course, eating the dough and sampling the cookies as they came out of the oven.  I’m pretty sure we did not get all the recommended daily vitamins and minerals yesterday….but we had a good time.

After we baked we took some plates of cookies over to our neighbors.  We still have a few more deliveries today, including the fire department that is just up the street.  That was my daughter’s idea….to take some to the firemen.  What a great idea.  That will definitely become part of the tradition.

We are also going to bake a cake for Jesus tomorrow.  We will be baking a Red Velvet cake.  Surely that would’ve been Jesus’ favorite kind of cake, right?  🙂

We looked at lights last night (something I love to do) and today we will be going to an evening service at church.  They are starting some of the services today.  My daughter will get to go with us to “big church” which will be fun.  This is her first time, she’s finally old enough.  I LOVE the Christmas Service.  We usually all get a little candle to hold and light, that is my favorite part.

We will spend Christmas Eve with my parents and come home that night so we can wake up at home Christmas morning.   Once we open presents Christmas morning we will be reading the story of Jesus’ birth in the Bible and we will have some cake to celebrate his birth!   We haven’t decided quite yet what we’ll be doing the rest of Christmas Day, but I look forward to creating more traditions and memories. 

Merry Christmas!

The Miracle of Christmas

Well we are into December now and the holidays are in full swing.  It’s easy to get caught up in the season and all the stress that goes with it.   All the presents you need to buy, what food you are going to have for your Christmas party or dinner, what events you are going to attend and what traditions you want to keep or add this year.  It can be very overwhelming.  Just don’t forget the reason we are celebrating.  Jesus’ birth.

I want to focus more on celebrating Jesus’ birth than stressing over presents and food.  In the past my daughter has wanted to bake a cake for Jesus and this year we are going to do that.  I will also be reading the story of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:1-19) to our kids and talking about what a miracle it was and how amazing God is.  I will also be looking for more ways to celebrate Jesus’ birth with my family.

In our society there are many mixed messages about Christmas.  Be sure your kids know the real reason for the celebration.  It’s not about how many presents they receive, it’s about the miracle that God sent for us so long ago.   That was the biggest gift He could have ever given us and nothing will ever compare to that.

I like this quote from Rick Warren the author of  “The Purpose Driven Life”. “The miracle of Christmas is not on 34th Street; it’s in Bethlehem.”