Instead of taking a break from our Friday blog post I thought that I would add a couple special feature posts.
With the Christmas season well upon us I wanted to tell you why and how we celebrate Christmas.
First and foremost we celebrate Christmas because it commemorates the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To us it doesn't matter whether this was the actual time of his birth in Bethlehem. What is important to us is that we are so thankful that He actually came to this earth to provide a way for us to have a relationship with our Creator.
"One man regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God." (Romans 14:5-6)
Around December first we start to decorate our home. We string lights around the main living areas and set up the Nativity display table. Shortly after that we put up a Christmas tree. It is a tree that the children have gone to the forest to find. We used to go as a family when the children were young, but once they were able to drive on their own they go on their own. They take the pick up truck and head out to the forest. It takes them a good part of an afternoon to scout out the "perfect" tree. We have cathedral ceiling in our living room so the taller the tree the better for them. It usually ends up being about twelve feet tall. Sometimes it is so wide that it takes up half the living room. This year it is about eight feet tall and quite manageable. We didn't have to move all the furniture out of the living room. I used to decorate it when they got it home and set up, but no more. Our youngest daughter now does the honours. Quite often supper that night would be corn bread and baked beans made with our pasture raised, home cured ham.
Every morning in December after our morning meal is finished we have an Advent reading taken from a little book by Ann Voskamp called "The Greatest Gift", Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas. This helps us keep the real meaning of Christmas in our hearts throughout the day. It puts our eyes on the Messiah and hopefully keeps us from being drawn into the commercialized Christmas of our western culture.
Now don't misunderstand us. We are not saying that gift giving is wrong. After all what are we celebrating, but having received the greatest Gift of all more than two thousand years ago. We do exchange gifts at Christmas. Just like with family birthdays we enjoy giving gifts that are well thought through; that will bring a blessing to the person receiving the gift.
When we celebrate birthdays in our family we preparing special food for the birthday person as a central part of our celebrations. When we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ food is also a big part of it. After all God didn't make us to be a miserable bunch of people on earth, but to be thankful for every good gift He has given His children.
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