Family Christmas traditions make holidays special and memorable. You can probably think back to your childhood and remember traditions celebrated back then that you still honor today. When it comes to the holidays, celebrating Christmas traditions are what makes the day special and meaningful for all of us. Today I’m joining a group of bloggers to share a special Christmas tradition that we still observe today. Thanks to Laura at Duke Manor Farm for organizing today’s event!
I’ve shared before that I never believed in Santa Claus as a kid. My mother thought it would take away from the true meaning of Christmas – Christ’s birth. Most of our holiday activities revolved around our church family and activities.
In December, each Sunday School class at our church would practice a Christmas song or skit and we’d give a Christmas program for our parents. We’d dress up in our holiday finest and climb the stage for our performance. At the end of the program we’d enjoy a social hour with desserts and each child received a bag of Christmas candy. The evening was always a highlight for me.
When Christmas Day finally arrived, my mother would set a beautiful table for our large family dinner (I have four siblings). My grandparents would come over to celebrate the holiday with us. They lived in Pawpaw, Illinois – about an hour away.
Every Christmas was the same, as it is today. We eat Christmas dinner first and open presents afterward. And we open all those presents one at a time so everyone can see what each person received (it takes about an hour to get through them all). But before opening gifts, my father always read the Christmas story from the Bible – the same passage that Linus recites during the Charlie Brown Christmas special.
This tradition of reading the story of the birth of Christ on Christmas morning is still very important to me. We continue to read scripture before we open presents. In a season where it’s easy to get caught up in commercialism and what each present might hold for us, it’s refreshing to reflect on the greatest gift of all – God’s son Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins so that we might have eternal salvation. He has given us so much!
This simple tradition of reading scripture on Christmas has lived in our family for many, many years – long before I was even born! I think of my father and mother every time we repeat this very special and meaningful moment. In less than two weeks, we’ll repeat the tradition once again before opening our gifts.
What Christmas traditions do you celebrate? Check out my blogging friends below to see what holiday traditions they enjoy!