Christmas Traditions

Sorry guys, I know I’ve been MIA for a while. Thngs have been so busy with sewing, crafting and babysitting, that I’ve neglected my blog! I’m going to do my best to do better!

So, let’s talk about Christmas!! How this holiday has changed in SO many ways for me through the years! Here’s a memory for you…. when I was young, the beginning of the Christmas season was when the Sears Christmas Catalog came in the mail. Anyone else remember that? My siblings and I would take turns flipping through pages and writing our names beside our gift wishes. Now, I didn’t come from a wealthy family…..so most of those were just wishes. But our parents did their best to make sure a few came true. Stockings were filled with fruit, candy, and nuts….. and we loved it! Holidays seemed so much simpler then.

Now Christmas gets put out in the stores right after Halloween! Yes, I said Halloween, not Thanksgiving! It gets earlier every year! And we stress ourselves out over buying the newest and latest gadgets and gizmos for everyone on our list. Black Friday starts on Thursday ….or earlier.  Our emails and text messages are flooded with ads. No more catalogs. And some businesses now will even be open on Christmas! WHAT?! That should be illegal! Christmas day should be spent with family and friends, not trying to earn that extra dollar. No matter how much it’s needed! Christmas should be a paid holiday for everyone!

Also, has anyone else noticed that fewer and fewer houses decorate for the holidays now? When my Mom was alive and well, she put lights on everything that didn’t move in our yard! After Thanksgiving, you might see her on the roof with strings of lights! Cars would ride by all season to see what she had done year after year. Last weekend I loaded my 2 oldest grandkids up to go ride and look at the Christmas lights, and it was depressing! They were few and far between! I would rather see a house lit to the point of being gawdy than nothing at all! Come on people! It’s Jesus’s birthday!! We represent the candles on his cake! LIGHT IT UP!!

Holidays have changed one other way for me and my family. We lost my Mom a few years back in December. If any of you have lost a loved one during the holidays, you know they are never the same afterwards. We went through several Christmases being sad and not knowing quite how to go forward. My Mom Loved Christmas though, so we have finally found a way to celebrate in our own way. We recently changed our traditional Christmas gathering of dinner and gifts to potluck food and games. Bringing a different menu and lots of laughter into our gathering and making memories for the next generations to tell about one day, I hope! It’s different, but we are together and I know that would make my Mom proud! Make your traditions, your memories, your way. Things change…. but some things will always be the same!

However you spend your Christmas, I hope that it is filled with the love of God, for without him, this holiday means nothing; love for one another,  and the things and people that bring you joy!

Merry Christmas!

Isaiah 9:6-7(NIV) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Of the greatness of his government and peace  there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

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