Fa La La La La...
"I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you".
~1 Corinthians 11:2~
The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. Christmas carols playing everywhere we go, the smell of cinnamon, fresh baked goodies, and young children full of excitement. It is a special time of year and a time that calls for family and tradition.
This Christmas holiday will be mine and my hubby's fifth holiday together and our third as a married couple. We are still settling into our own traditions and I'm sure once we have "mini-me's" running around, our traditions will continue to change and grow. For now, we are trying to find a mix of traditions from both of our families that works for us.
The most important tradition that we want to keep alive is the acknowledgment of what Christmas is all about. I love the saying, "Jesus is the reason for the season". It rhymes, it looks cute on a wreath, and it's the absolute truth! Jesus should be the center of our lives everyday but especially at this time of the year. It should be all about Him... it is His birthday after all ;) We hope and pray that we, someday, pass along this lesson to our children just as our parents instilled this truth in us. For us, important traditions that revolve around Jesus are the reading of the Christmas story on Christmas morning and a candlelit service at church, Christmas Eve.
Other fun traditions that our families passed on to us include the reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas", preparing a platter of cookies and fudge for Santa, the sprinkling of Reindeer food on the front lawn, and of course, the viewing of "A Christmas Story" at some point during the 24 hour marathon.
I cannot wait to see how our traditions continue to change as we get older, our families grow, and time passes by. Christmas is such a magical and beautiful time of year and is a time of reflection and creating memories with family and loved ones. My prayer for my family and friends, this Christmas, is that we all have a chance to take a step back from the hustle and bustle and remember what this season is about and to really cherish our time and traditions with each other. May we all relish in old traditions and create new traditions as well.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! May God bless you during this wonderful time of year!