I am going to take the few remaining days until Christmas off to bake with my children and enjoy my time off of work. My husband will be working 16 hour days until Christmas and then will be off for nine days! We are so excited!
There are family parties to attend and catching up with old friends. Thirty-five or so years ago a young couple were members at our church. They had two small boys that I believe were 4 and 5 years of age at the time. This couple was from Tennessee and they had no family in the area. My parents invited them to our home on Christmas Eve to share in snacks, good times, the reading of the Christmas story from Luke, and a ornament exchange. Between the two families there were six children. Today this event has grown from ten people to over 35! All the kids are grown and we all have children of our own. It is a great time of fellowship. My ornament collection has grown by leaps and bounds. Once we were grown and had a home of our home we were given a prized ornament. I have ornaments now that date back to the very early 80s. The next few evenings will be filled with family, friends, faith, and fun.
Enjoy the season. For our family, it is not about the presents we receive, the glorious food that seems to be everywhere, or the frantic shopping ....it is about a little baby that was born in a stable, who came to save the world. Two thousand years ago He was born and is as relevant and alive today.
" 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." (Luke 2:10-14, KJV)