Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Sitting on our steps, as we came home tonight was THE box. Just in the nick of time!

In an earlier post, I talked about family traditions. And how some are planned and how some happen naturally.

Homemade Christmas cookies all the way from the kids' Grandma and Grandpa, living 2,000 miles away, are one of those organic traditions.

This is now the third year, since moving to California, that my mom and her husband have blessed us with their delicious creations, filled with love.

On Christmas Eve, after getting home from church where we sing songs of praise, having dinner, lighting the Advent candles, and before reading The Advent Book, we sit down for hot cocoa, and homemade cookies.

As the kids get older and more aware, this evening, this season of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, becomes increasingly special and meaningful for me.

As I sit here staring at my tree (I've been doing that pretty much every night since we got it on the first of the month), my heart bursts with thankfulness. Thankful that He came not just for a select few, but for all of us. Otherwise, I'm pretty confident that I wouldn't have made the cut.

"And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is the Christ, the Lord.'"

Merry Christmas everyone.


bernsber said...

Cookies aren't just for kids
! The first thing I did when I got to my Mom's on Christmas Eve was to attack the cookie tins. Yummy!

I'm glad you had a great Christmas. What (other than the tree and cookies:D) was your favorite part about Christmas this year?

Bridgett said...

Hi bernsber!

We really liked reading the Advent Book each night...

I think I liked the fact that we celebrated the whole Christmas season, each night.

We were very purposeful this year with family tradtions, focusing on the meaning of Christmas.

And it just made for such a rich, fullness that I've not experienced before.

The fact that we didn't open presents until two whole hours after waking up, was an indication that the kids' hearts were in the right place regarding what Christmas is about.

But, they WERE so cute with all their gifts. Appreciative, excited, and enjoying them all!