Christmas Traditions

By Mark Hoppermark-hopper

Thanksgiving and Christmas are special times in our family.  My wife and I enjoy the time we spend together with family and friends.

I love hearing people share about traditions that they celebrate with their family.   It seems that each family have some specific things that they do during the holiday season.

One Christmas tradition in our family is baking cinnamon rolls.  I remember baking them with my grandmother when I was young.

My wife and I have continued that tradition with our children and now they do it with their own kids.  They have changed the receipt over time but the memories remain.

Another tradition is putting up our Christmas Tree on the day after Thanksgiving.  We have boxes of ornaments and decorations that make our house ready for the holidays.

This includes putting up our nine foot artificial Christmas tree.  This year we actually purchased a new tree.  This one has the lights already attached.  Nice!

The tree looks great and is covered with ornaments that my wife and I have collected from our travels all over the world.  There is a story behind each one.

There are also ornaments that belonged to my wife’s parents and ornaments that we were given to us at our wedding 45 years ago!

Another tradition that is part of our family’s Christmas is reading the account of Jesus’ birth in the Bible.  My parents and grandparents did this on Christmas Eve when I was young.  We did this with our children and now they are doing it with their own children.

The passage is found in Luke chapter two in verses 1-20 (Luke 2:1-20).  The author, Luke, provides vivid details about the birth of Jesus.  He may have personally talked with Mary years later about the events that transpired that night.

This year Christmas falls on a Sunday.  I’m sure that many churches will be having special programs for Christmas.

We will have two church services on Christmas Eve at 4:30 & 6:00 PM.  We will also have two services on Christmas day at 9:30 & 11:00 AM.

Let me encourage you to renew your Christmas traditions again this year.  And, you may want to consider starting some new ones too.  I hope you will also make time to attend a church near you this Christmas season.

Merry Christmas!