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Christmas Traditions
Posted: Dec 16, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Christmas traditions…..every family has them. From exchanging gifts to what meal is prepared, every person that I talk to seems to have at least one unique element about their family Christmas. Our family was no exception. We would always open presents first thing on Christmas morning. My parents would always wait until Christmas Eve to place all of the presents under the tree. It was always such an amazing sight every Christmas morning to see the huge stack of presents piled what seemed like several feet high. Our stocking would also be laid out in order of our age. Each of my brothers, (still to this day in fact) sleep in very late. It is not uncommon for them to routinely sleep in until 10 or 11 oclock in the morning. That was not the case on Christmas. We would all be up by 7:00 am at the latest. Once awake, we would open up our stockings which would be filled with things like socks, golf accesories and candy. After we opened our stockings, we would then go and wake up our parents to begin the main event.

We would always have my youngest brother open the first gift and then procede from youngest to oldest with each of us opening one gift at a time. Once my dad finished opening his first present, that process would start over. Needless to say, this process took well over an hour. My dad had the video camera on at all times video taping our reactions as we saw our gifts unwrapped. Once all of us had finished opening our gifts, there would always be one gift under the tree that was not addressed to any of us. It was a gift to Jesus. After all was said and done, we all in our own ways reflected on the previous year and how incredibly grateful we are that Jesus paid the price He paid for us.

Now that I am married and have a family of my own. I look forward to making some new family traditions. I don’t know if we will open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas day. I’m not quite sure what our family Christmas meal will be. It really hasn’t quite yet been decided what the afternoon entertainment will be once the gifts have been open. I don’t know which set of grandparents we will see at which time. I do know that there will be a gift for Jesus under our tree. I do know that there will be some time spent on Christmas morning reading the Christmas story together as a family. I want to pass on to my kids the same thing that my parents passed on to me. Christmas is about Jesus and honoring Him for all He has done, is doing and will continue to do in our lives.

What are your family traditions?

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com

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