"An angel of the Lord appeared…and…said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.'" Luke 2:8-11
O Holy Night
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!
Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men
from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our friend!
Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!
One of my favorite Christmas hymns! How humbling it is to know that Christ gave up His heavenly glory to live among us and to die for our sins. Celebrating Christmas and Jesus's birth is ultimately celebrating the salvation He offers to all of us!
The sacrificial love that Christ showed to us when He died for us should be the same love the we all need to share with each other. Take the time this Christmas to be with friends and family and even strangers and show them that love. What better gift could there be than that?
Everyone has their own special traditions for holidays, especially Christmas. In my family growing up we would open gifts on Christmas Eve, and my mom would make a buffet of a variety of foods that we could munch on all evening. Christmas Day we would spend with relatives, eating even more good food.
Since being married, my husband and I have developed some of our own little traditions. We always put up the tree that Kaiwi's parents gave to us, and we decorate it with ornaments that we both have had growing up. The last several years we have had a train under the tree. I usually make my mom's recipe for Christmas cookies.
We have been fortunate to be able to fly home and see family during the holidays since we have moved out here to the northwest, but this year we get to have Christmas at our house with Kaiwi's parents. It's so much fun planning and getting ready. I have been thinking about what foods we should have, and I realized that we haven't really developed our own "traditional Christmas meal". Is it necessary to have one? Probably not, but it's always nice to have those special things that you look forward to every year. So, this year, we are thinking of trying a Prime Rib. I've never cooked one before. If it turns out, maybe we will have it every year. If not, maybe we should make frozen pizza our tradition.
What are your special Christmas traditions that you look forward to every year?
Welcome! My name is Marie, and I have been married for 5 years now. We have one beautiful son, Isaac, waiting for us in Heaven and another son, Hayden, here with us! I hope to share with you more about our journey- where we have been and where we are going.