Our tradition for the past 7 years has been homemade waffles on Christmas morning (smoked apple bacon in the mix today, yummy!). But this year we've added a new tradition to remind us of the "Reason for the Season". Today was much more special since we got up and before opening any gifts, sat down, each taking a turn, husband and daughter to read portions of the Birth of Jesus story.
Reading that first thing really brought it all home. For years I'd already broken the habit of rushing to the Mall and stressing out to buy gifts that would please everyone (I just began baking and NO one complained). Even though I was raised in a Christian family, taught exactly what Christmas was all about, once on my own it became so commercialized and the focus was ONLY on gift giving. So much so that it all but dulled the memory of the only precious "Gift" that really mattered and that was God sending His son to die on the cross for my sins. It would be a no brainer to give up my life for my child, but to give up my child for others?? UH...NOT GONNA HAPPEN!
The Christmas story is so much more precious to me now than ever before. As I get older I'm not so focused on the gifts (though I'm not going to kid myself, I do have a few special request in mind each year, so as Steve Harvey would say... "Don't Trip, God's Not Through With Me Yet").
Here's the Christmas Story....enjoy! And have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!