Wow, it’s hard to believe that Christmas is in just five more days. It sure seems to come sooner every year. We have certain things that we do here in our house every year when we decorate and prepare for the Christmas season. First off, we usually wait until the weekend of Thanksgiving to decorate, however, we put up our three trees (yes three) Thanksgiving morning or sometime during the day. We like to have the trees on thanksgiving night. We also have the exterior lights and décor done and set on a timer to come on at dusk. I guess you could say we like to usher in Christmas on Thanksgiving night.
We also have an advent tree that is made of wood, complete with a chest of drawers that each contain an ornament for the 25 days until Christmas. My kids at 16 and 18 still like to take their turn putting one on each day. My son takes the even days because his birth date is an even number and my daughter has an odd number birth date so it works out perfectly. We have a tradition with our family tree as well. It involves little tiny critters like squirrels, raccoons, bunnies, etc. I hide the said critters deep within the tree and the kids have to locate them all. I had a squirrel that I put in the tree one year kind of as a joke and the kids loved finding him. So thus began the tradition of adding a new critter every year.
There is one other tradition that is my favorite. Our family prepares some sort of gift for Jesus and we place it in or under the tree. On Christmas morning, we then open our gifts for Jesus and reveal them to each other. We want to always remember why we celebrate this season. I know that’s not a novel thought but we want to give back a gift to the one who gave us the greatest gift ever. I really try to search my sole and find a gift to give my Lord. It might be a clock to signify that I want to give more time to Him. It might be a photo of me to signify that I want to give more of myself to Him. It might be a “love letter” signifying how much I love Him and want to love others the way He does. It really doesn’t matter what the gift is, it’s the thought that counts. Isn’t that what we are always telling our children at birthdays and Christmas when they receive presents? Matthew chapter 7 and verse 11 says, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who will ask Him?” Let’s give a gift to Jesus this Christmas. I pray that we all have a blessed and joyful holiday season. Blessings to all of you.