It's Christmas Eve! I can't believe it. Tomorrow is Christmas. A day that is celebrated throughout the whole world. A day full of fellowship with family, much laughter, gifts, delicious food and a over-all warm glow. But it is so much more than that... it is the memory of the day when Christ came to earth as a child, to live a perfect life, and then suffer and die on the cross for my sins. When we put Christmas in that light, it becomes so much more meaningful to me. It isn't just a day for opening gifts, eating food, and seeing family all together at one time.
Both sets of my grandparents have been gone for quite a while, so we never really were able to have snowy days of baking cookies, or making fudge with those special people who have hundreds of special and very fascinating stories to tell, but Christmas has always been a special time--one of Peace on Earth, laughter, gentle teasing and the joy of being with family and friends.
Those are special times, and I have always loved the traditions of the Christmas season; watching "A Christmas Carol" on Christmas Eve, opening stockings on Christmas morning, making cookies, attending the candle-light service on Christmas Eve, and a new tradition started only this year: German pancakes with lemon juice and powdered sugar for breakfast on the Eve of Christmas. (They are delicious, in case you were wondering.)
Even with all these special family memories and activities, Christ's birth is the most important. He is the reason for the season; the reason we exist, and have the hope of Heaven when we pass from this earth. I want this Christmas to be meaningful; real, blessed and one that I will always remember. Not just because of the gifts I receive, or the food I eat, or the new traditions that become apart of the long list of traditions, but because we are celebrating the birth of Christ--the birth of Lord, and that is a reason to celebrate.
"For unto us a child is born; unto us, a Son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." --Isaiah 9:6
Have a Merry Christmas dear friends, with a wood fire, much laughter, lots to eat, and the gift of family and loved ones. May your day be blessed with the love of family, the light of friendship, and the never ending love of Christ. :)
love you all!
p.s. Updated at 6:30 PM. It is snowing right now, extremely hard; what my family calls "blizzarding". Maybe we'll get a "once-every-ten-years" foot of snow-fall. Just in time for Christmas. Iiiiii'm dreeaaaming offf a whiiiite Christmas... ;)