Christmas Traditions

A nativity scene with Mary, Joseph, wise men, shepherds, and our Savior in a manger

Christmas time is a special time of joy and laughter and many of us have fond and happy memories surrounding this season.  The purpose of this blog is to help identify the best things in life, and Christmas is definitely one of those things!

I believe that there are two primary reasons why Christmas is so special: because we are more focused on our Savior, and because we are spending time with those who matter most to us in life.

The focus during this holiday season shouldn’t be on the shopping or the presents or reindeer pulling a sleigh.  The focus needs to be on our Savior.  The love that we feel more abundantly during Christmas is a result of our remembering the love that Jesus has for us, and the love we feel knowing that He made it possible for us to return to our Heavenly Father.  We are more giving this time of year, because He gave us everything.  Christmas is a time to remember our Redeemer!

One of the things that helps us to focus on our Savior are the good Christmas carols (see this post).  In my family we still sing a song that isn’t heard on the radio much anymore and it is actually one of our favorite Christmas carols.  Here are the lyrics:

C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S

When I was but a youngster,

Christmas meant one thing,

That I’d be getting lots of toys that day.

I learned a whole lot different,

When my Mother sat me down,

And taught me to spell Christmas this way:

“C” is for the Christ child, born upon this day,

“H” for herald angels in the night,

“R” means our Redeemer,

“I” means Israel,

“S” is for the star that shone so bright,

“T” is for three wise men, they who traveled far,

“M” is for the manger where he lay,

“A”‘s for all He stands for,

“S” means shepherds came,

And that’s why there’s a Christmas day,

And that’s why there’s a Christmas day.

Christmas is special because we are more attentive and remembering of our Savior!

Christmas is also special because we get to spend more time with family.  My family is crazy and there is always some sort of drama that happens this time of year–but we love each other a whole lot and love spending time together.  One of the traditions that my mother started and that I have continued on now that I am married is our tradition surrounding the decorating of the Christmas tree.  All during our childhood my mom would collect all of the home-made ornaments that all her children made as school projects or at church or wherever.  Every year we would get the Christmas tree put up with the lights on it and then schedule a special family night.  My mom would carefully lay out all the ornaments on the floor and then we would, one by one, take turns choosing an ornament and then telling the family one thing that we were grateful for before putting it on the tree.  It is traditions like these that bring the family closer together and help us to rejoice in this season of love and good will.

Christmas is indeed about being together and celebrating the birth of our Savior.  Make sure that you spend plenty of time this season doing both of those things and have a very Merry Christmas!!

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