I posted this last year and it’s still good 😉
Mark mentioned Christmas cards at his new gig in conjunction with carols. – Bad theology was brought up. Still it got me thinking about cards an what brings a smile to my face. I like a simple card with a great picture myself.
I went on a card hunt to see how they might be grouped together.
Bethlehem (usually my favorites):
So we could do stars and angels and cartoons and gifts and words. And after going through these and finding with malicious links, I’m ready to stop. I actually did all this to show you my favorite cards this year (so far mind you 😉 ).
made me laugh.
“Joseph just bought a cow and a donkey!”
things are winding down here and I don’t know what computer time will look like. I want to wish you a Merry Christmas before time steals away!
Luke 2:1-20 (TNIV)
The Birth of Jesus
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
The Shepherds and the Angels
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
by Stephen Curtis Chapman
When I was growing up, we had a silver Christmas tree and it went up year after year after year. One very similar to this one:
Ours had little felt angels on it though. I’ve mentioned before that my childhood memories are sketchy. I do remember that we waited until Christmas morning to open presents.
After I married Ron, we started on our own set of traditions. I made a different ornament to give as a gift the first 25 years we were married. I only stopped because they started to feel redundant! But I’d make dozens of the ornament and we’d keep some and give the rest as gifts. Some people were disappointed when I stopped 😉 AND we don’t even use them now because, well, I am a jack of all trades and enjoy change.
We always put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving and watched White Christmas while doing that. We’ve always had a green tree btw – real or artificial.
Except for one Christmas when we went to Arkansas, we’ve always had Christmas here and invited anyone who wanted to come. Some years we’ve had a very full house with people who were near strangers when they walked in and good friends when they left.
We read the Christmas story on Christmas Eve. This was normally after a candlelight service, but not always. When the boys were home, they read parts of it. This is the one part when I’ve always just been a proud listener. Ron always prays after this. He prays for everyone in the room and every member of our family. This is one of our best traditions and it makes me cry every year. OK, it can make me cry other times of the year too when he’s praying for everyone!
We always opened a present on Christmas eve, but we started opening all the presents on Christmas eve once the mystique of where the presents actually came from was no longer. Stockings are Christmas morning.
No food traditions except that Brandon prefers stove top stuffing, and if he’s hear, I pop open that box.
Now that Ron and I are empty nesters, things are a little different each year. Last year we spent Christmas at the beach with Brandon and my sister. This year we are heading out the day after for a short trip. We still read the Christmas story (I still listen) and Ron still prays for all of our family (where ever they are that night).
Now, I’d love to hear about your Christmas traditions!