This Christmas was our second Christmas as a married couple, Tigger’s first Christmas, our first Christmas in our new city, and our first time being at our own house on Christmas morning. The year 2016 represented a lot of changes for our family!
In the midst of all this change, we started some new Christmas traditions that we plan to continue in the years to come.
- Christmas Ornaments – Both my mother and my husband’s mother had the tradition of buying each child a special Christmas ornament every year. When we had our first Christmas as a married couple, we had a lot of fun telling each other the stories behind each ornament – and we had a full tree! We are continuing this tradition with Tigger. His “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament was displayed in the front of our tree.
- Birthday Cake for Jesus – The true meaning of Christmas is celebrating the incarnation of Christ. God humbled Himself by coming to earth. He did not come in pomp and circumstance, but in the most lowly way of all – as a baby in a manger. My family started making and decorating a birthday cake for Jesus several years ago. As Tigger gets older, he’ll be able to do more with this activity.
- Christmas Eve Service – I love Christmas Eve services. Our church had a lovely one this year that included a time for fathers to lead their families in prayer and in the taking of the Lord’s Supper. This reminder of the enormity of Christ’s sacrifice for us was timely, and much needed.
- Being at Home as a Family – As a child, I woke up at my own house on Christmas morning every year. We spent the first few hours of the day as a nuclear family. Some of my most precious memories are from that time at home.
- Reading the Christmas Story – On Christmas morning, we gathered on the couch for my husband to read the Christmas story out of the Bible before we opened presents. The goal of this is to maintain focus on what is most important.He also led us in prayer before we continued with the gift opening segment of the morning.
What does your family do for Christmas? Did you start any new traditions this year?