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Keeping Perspective at Christmas

Well, it’s the day after Christmas and I can’t help but want to reflect on yesterday.  This year I told one of my boys that it would be a slim Christmas and his response was, “SMALLER THAN LAST YEAR?”  I just smiled.  I share that with you to let you know that I have NOT arrived when it comes to keeping perspective on Christmas, that’s for sure.  In fact, yesterday morning I was awake at 5:30am due to my excitement.  Not for my gifts, but to watch my kids open theirs.

So this year Christmas lands on a Sunday…and all those with children groan.  Actually it was my pastor that answered someone who asked if he would be cancelling service on Christmas and he responded, “I can’t imagine being anywhere else on Christmas day than in Jesus’s house, on His birthday!”  I love that!  Again, I know that getting kids ready on Christmas day can be a challenge, but in our house it was not an option, to NOT go!  By the way, the service was amazing!  Our pastor preached on The Greatest Story Ever Told and the choir sang “Mary Did You Know?”

So aside from the Christmas Eve service or this year, the Christmas day service, the other tradition we have EVERY year is to have a birthday cake for Jesus.  We do it all:  sing “Happy Birthday,” and blow out the candle and of course take pictures of it all.  We have done this since our kids were little, so it’s not a weird thing, it’s just what we do.  I figure if we do cakes for the rest of the family, then if we are REALLY keeping perspective on what Christmas day means and why we celebrate it, then cake it is!  I hope you had a Merry Christmas.  What are some of your family traditions that keep perspective at Christmas?


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