Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Traditions

Merry Christmas Lamplighters! Hopefully by now you have every gift bought and wrapped, tons of tasty goodies baked and are relaxing by your beautiful Christmas tree sipping your coffee and listening to Bing Crosby crooning about snow. But for the rest of us, there is still much to do and not much time to do it in!

My family just got back from a weekend in Arkansas after celebrating Christmas with my in-laws. While the gift exchange time may have been what the kids were looking forward to the most, I’m sure that it’s not what they will be most likely to remember. I would bet that they would remember how we spent our time together, not the gifts they received. It’s well known that anytime you get a group of Mersbergers together for a weekend, we’re going to play cards! This year we had two separate tables for the card game – one for the adults and another for the teenagers. I loved seeing those teens gather around to play the same game we were playing…the next generation of card players!

I remember when I was a child we always had our family celebration on Christmas Eve. Mom would make oyster stew for dinner which my grandparents loved but none of the kids liked so she decided to also serve pizza. I know it doesn’t sound like an appealing combination but we have served it almost every year since. We’ve come to expect it and now Mom has a great oyster stew recipe so it’s not just oysters floating in milk! (lol, sorry Mom) I’m not sure if my own kids will carry on the tradition to their families, but at least they will be able to share the stories!

Regardless if you choose to make something a tradition or it happens by chance, the memories that you make in the Christmas season can stay with you from year to year. Our children are far more attentive than we give them credit for and they are choosing which traditions they want to embrace and which ones they can’t wait to let go of! If getting together and decorating the tree causes tempers to flare and becomes a huge argument, the kids will probably choose to avoid that task later in life. While if you have a lot of fun baking or shopping together, they’ll look forward to continuing that tradition.

In the midst of all the memory making, don’t forget to pass on the true message of Christmas - the birth of our King who came to save the world! This shouldn’t just be an afterthought; it should be the main point! We may celebrate His birth this time of year, but we should be celebrating His death and resurrection every day…He is our greatest gift!

Be blessed and Merry Christmas,

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11


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