It probably comes as no surprise…I love Christmas! But, this holiday was particularly special being that it was Grace’s first. Even though she was only three months old and won’t remember this Christmas, we still wanted to make it extra special for her, and I thought I’d share a few ways we did. We continued some of the traditions that we had already started as a couple, and we instituted a few new ones. And, I’d have to say it was a real success for all of us. Take a look.
So, it’s literally almost here. It’s hard to believe it, but Christmas is just two days away. The holiday season has just flown by (like it does every year), but I’d like to think that this year was a little…different.
All throughout December, our church has been participating in a series entitled “A Different Kind of Christmas” with the intention to encourage all of us to look at, participate in, and celebrate Christmas just a little differently this year. Even as Christ followers, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, in receiving presents and making cookies, in putting up lights and decorating the tree…without really getting down to the “nitty gritty” of the season itself. I know I’ve been guilty of this, and I’m sure others have to. So, how do we make this “a different kind of Christmas” with just two days left before the big celebration? Well, there are still plenty of ways to make this year different. Here are just a few ways we’ve already made it a different kind of Christmas or how we plan to still do so…
Every year it seems like the Christmas decorations come out earlier and earlier. While I like love Christmas as much as the next person, I have a hard time when each holiday isn’t given it’s “due share” of celebration. And, let’s be honest, when stores are lining their shelves with Christmas stockings and ornaments in October, no other holiday is getting its time to shine. The real problem I have with this fact, though, is that Thanksgiving one of the most meaningful holidays gets overlooked and not just by stores.
I know I personally have been guilty of fast-forwarding past this holiday as I become sidetracked with all of the responsibilities of Christmas and the holiday season in general. But, the truth is we all need to slow down and appreciate each holiday for its intended purpose. So, who’s with me for taking Thanksgiving back (in the sense of giving it a month-long celebration and appreciation)? Join me this month as we make it a month of thankfulness and in so doing impart a few important traditions to our holiday season. Continue reading