Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Traditions

As a child, I always looked forward to Christmas.  We went to Christmas Eve Worship at church for a candle light service (still one of my favorite things!).  Then Grandma and Grandpa came over for snacks and egg nog, and we opened presents with them.  We would spend Christmas day with our Grandparents and Great Grandparents from my dad's side (yes, I was blessed to have Great Grandparents until I was in my early 20's~something I am so very thankful for!), Aunts and Uncles, and cousins.  We'd spend all day at Grandpa and Grandma's house and we loved every minute of it! 

Having Christmas traditions has been important to us as we raise our family.  When our first kiddo's were small, we had many family events that we felt we had to attend.  This left Christmas feeling rushed and left us exhausted by the end of it.  We realized that it was more important for us to carve out time for our own family while still maintaining extended family relationships. 

Honestly as the years have gone by, this has become a little easier.  As our extended families have grown, we have all had this realization.  We still have family celebrations with our extended families, but they are no longer on Christmas day.  That is reserved for our own families.  We want our kids to know that those relationships with extended family are strong and important to us.  We know that our time with our kiddo's at home is short, and they will someday have families of their own~and struggle with some of the same things we did as a new family.  But we also want them to look back at their childhood Christmas' and feel that same warmth that hubby and I have for our own.  We don't want them to remember Christmas as hurried, frazzled, and exhausting.  That is NOT what Christmas is about.  We want them to remember that we stopped our usual routines, and celebrated that birth so many years ago.  We spent time together singing, decorating, baking, worshipping, and loving each other.  And we loved every minute of it!

Have a blessed Christmas and enjoy your time together with your loved ones!


"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God"
1 Corinthians 10:31


  1. Wonderful post and you seem to know what you want for you and your families ~ Happy Christmas to you ~

    A Creative Harbor aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

    ps ~ Am your latest GFC follower ^_^

  2. First time visitor by way of Growing Home blog!

  3. You're right, Christmas should be enjoyed and not rushed. Blessings for a wonderful Christmas day for your family!

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  5. "We want them to remember that we stopped our usual routines, and celebrated that birth so many years ago." AMEN!

  6. I am visiting from The Beauty in His Grip and I really enjoyed reading your post. I so agree with your statement that I don't have my children to remember Christmas as a rush, rush, holiday, but as a Holy Day where we pause and contemplate the most amazing gift of all, the gift of eternal life that the Lord Jesus represents to all who belong to Him. Thank you for your post

  7. Hi I found you through the blog hop. Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance. Have a great week.


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