I love the Book of Luke Chapter 2 from the Bible and its telling of the birth of Jesus. One of our family traditions is to read these scriptures together before we open our gifts on Christmas. Every time I read these verses, I am taken back to my childhood of sitting parent’s living room floor anxiously awaiting to open my Christmas presents.
As I child, you have no idea what traditions are or what they mean. All you think about it what am I going to get out of this “thing” that I am being force to be a part of! ha As far as reading the Bible before opening gifts goes, all I wanted to my dad to read faster so we could get to the really important stuff like the gifts!! I was a very self centered child!! ha And guess what, we now do this very same thing with our children; we read Luke 2 before we open gifts. Traditional are important, they give us roots, they help define we were and who we will become.
What family traditional do you keep with your family? Do you attend a Christmas Eve service, what the old classic movies together, make cookies together or something else? I can member on Thanksgiving, we would always watch the classic movie King Kong with Fay Ray–that is going way back! Please share your family traditions in the comment section below. Merry Christmas!!
Here are a few ideas if you would like to start some new traditions with your family:
1. Try an annual family get-together. Around Christmas time, have extended family together at someone’s home or restaurant for a meal.
2. Watch Christmas movies. Pick one night and enjoy your favorite Christmas movies together as a family.
3. Christmas Eve/Christmas Day meals. On Christmas Eve, we eat a traditional meal with my parents at their house and on Christmas morning, we eat brunch at our house.
5. Act out The Twelve Days of Christmas. Think of funny things that would represent each one of the days and present them to someone as you sing the song.
6. Bake and decorate homemade Christmas cookies. Take cookie requests and spend the afternoon backing together.
7. Drive around looking at Christmas lights. I love doing this–there are some creative people out there!!
8. Go Christmas caroling. Take a walk around your neighborhood, stop at a few homes and sing Christmas carols.
9. Visit a Nursing Home. You could take them some of the family Christmas cookies as gifts.
10. Secret Santa. As a family, select one person you know who is lonely, needy, or just needs some extra encouragement and provide them gifts throughout the Christmas season.