The sweet scent of cookies baking in the oven..
Listening to Christmas tunes all day long..
Trees glowing and overflowing with wrapped gifts..
Mushy Hallmark movies and hot chocolate..
Reminders of Jesus coming to earth as a babe..
Christmas time has always been such a sweet time in my life. As a child, nothing was more exciting than Christmas Eve night. We couldn’t even sleep! I remember waking up every three hours and still no sunrise.
The years have passed and old traditions have turned into new.
This Christmas is such a bittersweet yet special time in my life. It’s the first year of being married and the first time away from my family. Fortunely, my hubby and I have the sweet opportunity of spending the entire Christmas week with our families and for that I am most thankful.
This year, my handsome hubs and I have decided to start our own traditon. Joe loves showering me with gifts and I, of course, love shopping especially for loved ones, therefore, we go all out on gifts. We love giving. But, we know that Christmas is not about the gifts. It’s all about Jesus coming to earth and frankly, without Jesus, there would be no Christmas.
We thought that it would be fun and helpful to start about a week before Christmas and open one present a day from each other up until the day of Christmas. The meaning behind this? We are able to enjoy Christmas and new traditions alone as a married couple but also are able to focus more on family, giving, and the one true gift, Jesus, on Christmas Day which is such an important day to us!
One day, when little Joeys and little Katies are running around, I want them to be excited about Jesus and His life story and how they can share that gift with others, not how many gifts they are going to add to their own overflowing pile of earthly goodies.
I want them to be able to look back on their childhood and praise God for how much they learned about Jesus during the Christmas season. What better time to start than now? (Because if our hearts aren’t right while teaching our children then how will their little hearts learn what is right?)
Traditions are great. In my opinion, they shape our lives. But, times will come and go when old traditions blossom into new.
I want all of my traditions to be centered around the One special and true gift, Jesus.
What are your family traditions? What are a few new traditions you are starting this year?
Only five days, friends! 🙂
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NIV)
May our Everlasting Father and Mighty God be glorified in our homes this Christmas.