Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas! Enjoy your time with family and friends...and do something special to celebrate the day we recognize as Christ's birth.
We've been opening a few presents each day for the past several days....we don't open presents on Christmas Day itself because it's Jesus' birthday, not ours. The joy of giving during this season is spread out for us before and after while today we have a mini-birthday party -- bake a cake and decorate it to have for dessert after Christmas dinner.
Yesterday, as we put another day up on our monthly calendar (don't even ask me about our Advent calendars...we've opened boxes and pockets maybe four times, each time trying to catch up on the days missed...we're on the 21st right now!), I asked Susanna how many more days there were until we got to the Christmas tree day on the calendar. All of a sudden she realized and shouted, "it will be Jesus' birthday!" I loved that "Christmas tree day" on our monthly calendar represented Jesus' birthday to her. I hope and pray that through the years their (our) focus stays on His birthday and not just the worldly hype that surrounds Christmas. We love the presents, the lights, the santas (even though we definitely know he is "not in this world" as Luke puts it!), and everything else that often gets in the way of our view of the manger, but may we, and you, make sure nothing block our view or takes away the deep appreciation of it as everything else stays on the sidelines.
How about you? What do you do special to celebrate Christmas?
Merry Christmas to you all!