Thursday, December 1, 2011

12 Traditions of Christmas

Christmas is always a busy time of the year.  Holiday gatherings, school plays, gifts to buy and wrap, cookies to bake, trees to decorate and lots of self-inflicted expectations of "the way things should be."  I try my best not to get literally "wrapped" up in those expectations and try to put things in perspective and remember why we celebrate Christmas. 

Not only is it a time to be with and enjoy time with family, it is also a chance to celebrate and refect on the greatest gift God has ever given us....Jesus.  With two young children is easy to get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas and the ever so exciting anticipation of the arrival of Santa.  While that can be fun and shouldn't be overlooked, it is always important to try to bring Christ and the spirit of service and giving into many traditions throughout this special season. 

I have decided to try to post 12 fun traditions our family participates in throughout the month of December.  Some may just be for the sake of fun and celebrating, while others will incorporate a special lesson and bring meaning to this holiday season.  I hope you enjoy the traditions and can try some yourself.  I would love to hear about your traditions, please share.  Tradition #1 coming soon. 

Happiest of Seasons to You and Yours!

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