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Christmas Traditions


When our children were young our Christmas Eve tradition was to gather before bedtime and listen while my husband read Luke chapter 2. One year when the cousins were visiting we gave them five minutes to pick a role, find a costume and assemble in their own version of a Nativity. This picture still makes my heart smile. They are now grown, married and have children of their own.

As you can see, the bridesmaid dress from my sister’s wedding made a beautiful blue gown for Mary. Our daughter’s ballet tutu and a hand towel transformed my oldest nephew into a solemn wise guy. I mean, wise man. Add a couple of bath robes, an angel gazing adoringly, a stuffed lamb and a bottle of canola oil (hidden behind Joseph in the pink pillowcase head dress) and the reenactment was complete.

The true story of Christmas is this simple. Unto us, a child is born.

And yet that heaven-come-to-earth moment it unimaginably complex. God’s intervention changed everything forever.

The Word became flesh and moved into our neighborhood. God kept His promise and sent His Son to redeem us.

Emmanuel – God is WITH us.

My prayer for all of you this Advent season is that you would sense God’s presence more than you ever have. He is with you.  Come as you are. Adore Him, Christ the Lord.