During this time of year, we begin to sense a change in the air. The weather begins to change and some of us have snow in our yards.
One gets the feeling that Christmas is in the air and it gives us a sense of expectancy. Seems that, when the cold weather rolls around each year, we just assume Christmas is "right around the corner".
Even before Thanksgiving has come and gone, the malls begin to dress up for Christmas. The Christmas trees are decorated, garland is everywhere and the lights are turned on. The Christmas season has begun,
and Tom Turkey isn't even out of the oven.
So our houses are all aglow with lights everywhere, the Christmas tree has been decorated, and we are into the spirit of the season. What is there left to do?
Why go shopping, of course!! We have gifts to buy for all our family members and the time is growing short. Just what do we buy them? Doesn't matter as long as there is a nice gift under the Christmas tree Christmas
morning. Just to see those faces light up means the 'world' to us. There is no feeling better than seeing your children's eyes light up with excitement, their voices ring with laughter, when their dreams are realized
on Christmas morning.
Off to the malls we go with our lists in hand. The children have told us what they want under the Christmas tree, but we, as parents, know what's best for our child. Do we give them that dreaded toy they have yearned
all year for after seeing it on a television program, or do we give them something constructive, like a computer game for learning or maybe a new bike? Sometimes we are guilty of falling under the pressure of the Christmas
spirit so we won't disappoint our children and buy that dreaded toy. But then, when the day is gone, the ribbons and paper have been put in the garbage and the excitement is no longer there, that toy they longed for seems
never to hold their attention for long.
During this whole busy season how many times do we stop to reflect on the one to whom this season is supposed to give reverence? Do we teach our children that Christmas is the day
that we christians celebrate the birth of Jesus? We should teach our children the meaning of Christmas to us, but letting them experience the season for themselves. With a healthy knowledge of what Christmas really means spiritually,
they will grow up to be well-adjusted people. The rush and bustle of the holidays won't get them depressed and into a frenzy, making them buy more gifts than they can really afford. They won't lose sight of what Christmas really means.
Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
The Christmas season traditions wouldn't be complete without a visit to see Santa. He has made his way down from the 'South Pole' to the malls during November and is waiting to talk with all
the youngsters. And all the youngsters can't wait to sit upon Santa's knee, to give him their lists of toys that they would like under that Christmas tree come Christmas morning. And Mom and Dad are straining those ears to hear every
word their child says to Santa. Some do have children that won't confide in Mom and Dad and let them know what they would like. They only tell Santa, for after all, 'he' is the one that puts those toys under that tree for them to find!
Finally, Christmas has arrived, the gifts are under the Christmas tree, and your home is aglow with excitement! The house quickly fills with guests coming for that big Christmas dinner. What a feast on that
dining room table!!
The meal was so scrumptious! After all, there was so much to choose from to satisfy our taste buds. Mom had cooked both a ham and turkey, along with gravy. There was a host of dishes, including green beans, stuffed eggs, potato salad, homemade yeast
bread, cranberry sauce, and let's not forget those sweets!! There was sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, coconut cake, fruit cake, and much, much more from which to chose. When we all finished our meal, and slid back the chairs, we could hardly move! Seems
we forget on Christmas day that we've gone all year trying to avoid stuffing, and come away from that table miserable.
Confessions of a Christian Grinch
The Birth of Jesus
Now that all the activities are coming to a close, why not open up the pages of that worn and tattered Bible and share the reason for the season, Jesus Christ, with the ones dearest to your heart?
Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Luke 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
Luke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Part I of Christmas series
Part II of Christmas series
The Christmas Gift of Life
Part III of Christmas series
The sound of Christmas music fills the air. Everywhere you go, the music is playing. It makes you warm all
over to hear the Christmas carols.
Children's Christmas Fun Page
Food From Barbara's Table
Georgia's Entertaining Tips for the Holidays
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