Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas traditions

Like most families, we have a bunch of Christmas traditions.

I love each and every one of them. Because they make us slow down enough amidst the hustle and bustle to feel the Christmas air thicken around us.

Probably my favorite is reading a Christmas story under the Christmas tree each night in the glow of the twinkling Christmas lights. And if we're lucky, we sing a Christmas song too. I must admit this one gets tougher and tougher as my kids get older since sports start to linger into the evenings and the bigger kids are hit with homework galore. But it makes the nights that we do it that much better. Even when they are silly stories like "Frosty the Snowman." We read "The Gift of the Magi" the other night. I love it more every year.

Another favorite is the "straw in the manger" one:

Each time we do an act of service we add a little straw to the manger. The idea is for our service to help make it soft for Baby Jesus by Christmas Eve.
As you can see, we have a ways to go....

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?
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