When I was a child, my parents, brother, and I spent Christmas Eve with my mother's parents and Christmas Day with my father's parents. I can remember every year that on Christmas Eve there would be a baked ham, augratin potatoes and lots of sweet treats. My grandfather would lift each of the grandkids up on his shoulders and take a picture with us. On Christmas Day, we always had a HUGE beef roast, with mashed potatoes and gravy. Everything was made from scratch, as grandma was a traditional farm wife & mother. She had a fireplace in her living room that had a mantle that stretched from one side of the room to the other. On that mantle, every year, the grandkids would help grandma set up "Santa's Workshop." There were different toy stations, with elves and toys in different stages of production; teddy bears and dollies; bikes & trikes; and little games such as Tiddly Winks and Jacks. There was a large Santa & Mrs. Claus who sat in the middle of that mantle, watching everything the elves were doing. On either side of the fireplace, an illuminated toy soldier stood guard. Ladders fell from the mantle to the floor, and elves were climbing their way to the workshop. Oh my goodness, how many memories this brings back! Grandma has been with God for 3 years now, and it isn't the same at Christmas anymore. Now, Christmas Day is reserved for my parents, me, and my brother's family. It is all about the kids. I am looking forward to starting some new traditions that bring Jesus back into the holiday, as we have allowed commercialization to overtake our holiday.
May every one of you be blessed this holiday season, and rejoice in Jesus Christ! Merry Christmas to everyone!
Cori :-) (Iowa)
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Yes, when I lived in Illinois we would go out every year looking at Christmas lights, Texas is not so pretty during Christmas.
There's nothing more beautiful than a fresh snowfall, one that hasn't been messed up yet. When I was young the foot of my bed would be in front on the window and that's where I would lay during the snowy winter nights, snow falling on an abandoned street by the moonlight is simply breathtaking.
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One of our traditions is to go out and look at Christmas lights the first day it snows in December. Christmas lights look even prettier covered with snow. We look at Christmas lights a few times during that month. We bring Christmas CDs, or isten to Christmas music on the radio. sometimes I will also bring along hot chocolate to drink during our drive. Has anyone ever loooked at christmas lights after theearth has been covered with a thick layer of ice. It is absloutely beautiful, it is like everything sparkles from the reflection of the ice!
GABY thanks for sharing. I love driving around and looking at Christmas lights!
THEADMIRAL thank you so much for sharing. I am very sorry to her about your mother-in-law. (DH is your husband correct?) I hope that God blesses your family this year with special grace. Dear Lord please help this family as they mourn for their dear loved one. Heal their hearts and help them throughout this month and next year, as they face life without someone they love.
My family is very close. After my sister moved away nothing seemed right, especially that 1st Christmas. I know death is completely different, and I don't mean to down play your sorrow. Both our family missed her more than you might be able to imagine.
Your tradition is really touching. You can feel the love in your words.
I grew up with a silver tinsel tree for our Christmas tree; we always went to Christmas Eve service and the day was spent with family, eating and opening gifts.
My DH and I spent every Christmas with his mom & sister in Michigan, followed by a special gathering with his brother & family in Ohio. So we haven't put up a tree in years. I guess one tradition we have had is singing in our church's Living Christmas Tree (which is coming up next week!) DH is usually part of the drama team (this year his character addresses the audience and presents the Gospel message and an invitation). It's challenging, but it's a gift to the community and we always pray for commitments to be made for Christ.
This year, we are floundering a little with Christmas with family because my DH's mother went Home to God this spring. Part of the joy of going home was helping her get ready for Christmas (as her elves). We will spend Christmas weekend with his brother in Ohio, but it's going to feel strange for everyone.
As I mentioned below I came up with some new Christmas traditions. I believe that God helped me, because they are so great, and fill my heart each year. Since there are a few I am going to list them separately.
I think my favorite tradition is reading adornaments. I was at a christian book store one year and found it. It is a beautiful way to bring Jesus into the holiday! It is 12 little thin booklets. each one has gold "string" attached to it creating an ornament. Each ornament has a picture of Jesus on it. Only one has the form of a human...a person (which is a picture of the baby Jesus). Instead there is a picture of: a vine, light of the world, a star, lamb, loin, water, a crown, bread, a cross, door, and a shepard.
Inside each one explains why each represents Jesus. After you are done reading each one you can hang it on your christmas tree, or a special tree designated for for this special tradition! We hang ours on a near by tall plant.
This also came with a book. The book has a page which brings to life, asks you questions, and gives each name a more personal, up to date meaning, If you have kids, what a joyful way to share Jesus with them. We do not have kids, but my husband and I read the book and receive much enjoyment reading each page, after opening an admorement.
This tradition can be done a couple different ways. We open one adorment, and then open another one on a different day.
Hope you enjoy this thread. I am looking forward to reading all of your special memories, and traditions!
To purchase this: This was purchased at a Family Life christian store. It was created by Family Life, it was the copy right for it. I bought it about 6-7 years ago. You may still be able to buy it at their web site. familylife.com
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Let's share with one another your Christmas family traditions!
Christmas traditions, they add so much to Christmas so special and so enjoyable. I love Christmas, it is my favorite holiday.
I moved to Ohio about 13 years ago. I am very close to my family. It was hard, that first Christmas. I was very happy and it was great to share my first Christmas with my husband I just married 2 months prior. All the things that my family did in December, it was hard not being part of it. We went to IL to spend Christmas with my mom and sisters. But it was bitter sweet, that first Christmas.
The following year I decided to start new Christmas traditions for John and me. I realized that I needed more Jesus brought into the holiday. I am grateful to God that I was able to come up with some traditions that fill me with joy and the Holy Spirit each Christmas that John and I share together.
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