Matthew 1:20-21 (NLT)
20As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
How should we approach the holidays? There are many things to anticipate this time of year. Christmas comes with many traditions: lights, a Christmas tree, decorations, and of course, presents! It is often the anticipation of Christmas that is so exciting, knowing that we can stay home from school, visit family, and enjoy a nice long break.
But what happens if some of those things don’t meet our expectations? What if we don’t have as many decorations as others? What if we don’t get the presents we want? When we expect other people to meet our hopes for Christmas we fail to recognize what is truly important this time of year.
One of my fondest memories on Christmas Even growing up was having my mom’s old-fashioned German meal called ‘Roladin.’ After dinner, we would go to the Christmas Eve service and hear about the birth of Jesus. The lights in the church would turn down while we held candles and sang “Silent Night.” I can’t remember most of the gifts that I received, but remembering Jesus’ birth and being with family comes to mind when thinking of Christmas.
Do you have any Christmas traditions? How can you still enjoy Christmas even if you don’t get all the presents you want?
The author is a Sunday school teacher from Lincoln, Nebraska.
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