Our church started a timeline of the genelogy of Christ. We make a decoration representing one person in Jesus genelogy. (we started by putting decorations on Christmas tree but developed into timeline last week ) This has been so much fun. When you go to put your decoration up, you tell who it is and a little about them. Most of the kids (and some adults) picked Noah or David. We have slings, arks, and rainbows. There are others and lots of study and thought have gone into the preparation of these deccorations representing these people. I did Hezikiah and his life. Used a canning jar cover and painted events in his life. I love to paint tiny details. This is a new tradition but everyone enjoying it so much. We are all looking forward to see what the next person has brought for their decoration and how they will explain that persons' life.
What sweet memories you have. My grandkids do the same thing "almost" with all the many catalogs that come to my home. They circle everything they want and put their name on it. They know they won't get it all...but they have so much fun dreaming.
I also used to read to my kids and g.kids when they were young. I think I enjoyed it more than they did. We also always took apples and oranges and stuck cloves in them and put them in a pretty bowl for Christmas. They smelled so good by the time Christmas arrived.
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As I was growing up each Christmas I used to look through Christmas books with my mom and sometimes my sister. As I was writing this sentence an old memory came back to me. I haven't thought about this is so long! Each Christmas my sister and I would always look through a JC Penny's toy book which was sent to our house. Before we started looked through the catalog each of us would claim a side of the catalog. For instance, I would claim the right hand side page and then her side would be the left. We both knew that every page and everything on the right hand side (the right page) was mine, and everything on the left hand side was hers. This was particularly fun when we got to the toy section. Sometimes we were so excited we would skip the other sections and just to right for the toys. My sister and I had a lot of fun doing that! This really wasn't a tradition, but a thought which crept into my memory as I began to write.
Ok, now I will write about another tradition. Tonight my husband and I was cuddling on our couch. It was getting late and we wanted to spend some time together before He went to bed. We sat on the couch and began to talk and then he asked me if I wanted him to read me a Christmas story.
Each Christmas when I was growing up my mom would read my sister and I christmas stories. It was a special time each time she read to us. It is a tender memory which I hold close to my heart. When I moved to Ohio I began collecting my own Christmas books. They don't sell many of them in book stores any more. I am glad I started to buy them 14 yrs ago. The books are filled with pretty pictures of all kinds of Christmas things such as ornaments, Christmas trees, recipes, Christmas stories, stuff like that.
I was surprised to hear him ask me if I wanted him to read me a story. Normally I am the first one who brings up reading a Christmas. It was so special to me that he thought of it first. It was the first story we have read this Christmas.
Have you ever read a Christmas story to your kids? My mom read Christmas stories to us until we were in high school, and you can see I still have not out grown it! If you have a christian book store near where you live you can find Christmas books with short stories in them. Any book store will have Christmas books, or any web sites like amazon.com .
The story my husband read was touching and warmed my heart. I snuggled next to him and looked at our Christmas tree as I listened to his deep voice. I thank God for this Christmas and for my husband.
Well, as you can see my husband and I keep a lot of traditions for Christmas- and I haven't even shared ALL of them with you yet!
I love Christmas so much for many reasons, but I love it the most because we do special things that keep Jesus centered each day in a special Christmas way.
While I was growing up my mom felt that it was important to keep Jesus in our your minds around Christmas. Each Christmas my mom would put out the nativity scene. Joseph, Mary, the shepherds, cow, sheep, and the wise men were all placed round the manger. Each Christmas there was one piece missing until Christmas day- the baby Jesus!
You see, when my mom was little her family waited until Christmas day to put the baby Jesus in the manager. They took turns moving baby Jesus around the house on pieces of furniture moving Him closer and closer to the manager as each day passed.
As a child it was such fun waiting for my turn to move baby Jesus around our house. I still enjoy doing it today, and it would just not be Christmas for me without doing so. You see it is just a way to put Jesus into your day, and keep Him in Christmas. It reminds you of the journey Mary and Joseph made so long ago.
Are you trying to find a way to bring the baby Jesus into your Christmas for yourself and or your kids? You just might want to add this Christmas tradition into your life.
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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 listen to Christmas music on the radio. sometimes I will also bring along hot chocolate to drink during our drive. Has anyone ever looked at christmas lights after the earth has been covered with a thick layer of ice. It is absolutely beautiful, it is like everything sparkles from the reflection of the ice!
Love your user image for December! Your traditions that you shared with us are fantastic and heart warming. I love the glitter thing and especially making a cake for Jesus's birthday. One of my sisters used to do that as well. Her kids are grown now as well, but she they still sing happy birthday to Jesus each year. for sharing. I hope you are able to spend sometime with them, I thing they live pretty far away don't they? Have a wonderful Christmas my dear friend.
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The first thing I put up in the house is the Nativity scene, then the tree, a real tree, I used to dress one of my daughters dolls up as an angel and hang her by the side of the tree to watch over the gifts, Christmas day, the Christmas cake became a Birthday cake for Jesus and my kids would sing Happy Birthday Jesus, my kids have carried these on. Oh and I used to sprinkle glitter from the fireplace all the way upstairs to their bedrooms so that they would know in the morning that Santa had come! It was hard lifting that glitter from the carpets but it was worth it hearing their excited cries in the morning! I miss the kids being little children.!
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Bobbie, it is funny that we re both up! I would give you a call, but seeing that it is 12:09 am, I don't want to wake anyone up. I will try to call ya this week.
I love the smell of a fresh Christies tree. Even just going to a place which sells real christmas trees is a treat. I have not done it since I was about 23 yrs. old, but I can still remember the smell in my head. We just bought a very nice pre lit christmas tree. It looks just like a real tree too. People are actually fooled by it! However, it can't fool your nose. We have a pine tree candle and it helps, and it IS nice, but nothing can replace the REAL thing.
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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" attacted to it creatioing 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 desinated for for this special tradion! 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 questuons, 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 recieve much enjoyment reading each page, after opening an admorement.
This ntradition can be done a couple different ways. We open one adorment, and then open another one on a diifernt day.
Hope you enjoy this thread. I am looking dorward 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 beable to buy it at their web site. familylife.com
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I have raised seven children and can honestly say the only family tradition that we have is for me to cook a big dinner and to me Christmas is not Christmas without a REAl tree with needles and the smell and just loving one another as much as possible.
Let's share with one another your Christmas family traditions!
Christmas traditions, they add so much to Christmas, and are so special and enjoyable. I love Christmas, it is my favorite holiday. Why not add some new traditions to add some joy to this special 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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