Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Keeping Christ in Christmas

Sometimes it is hard to stay focused with all of the lovely commercialism around this sacred holiday. However, thanks to Tip Junkie I was reminded to share a tradition that helps us stay focused on Christ amidst all the hustle and bustle of the season.

When I was a kid my mother always had a little tiny manger. She would cut up small peices of yarn so that it fit perfectly in the manger. Whenever we did something nice for someone or some act of service we coupd add a straw to the manger. On Christmas Eve we always have a Jerusalem supper... with foods that Mary and Joseph might have eaten that night- grapes, figs, dates, cold chicken (but we don't eat it cold) sometimes fish, a cheeseball given us from the neighbors, crackers etc.- and afterwards we all gather around the Christmas tree and read Luke 2. When we have finished we place the baby in the manger, and hopefully he has a soft bed.

Now that I am grown and have a fmaily of my own (this is our second Christmas together) we read a scripture together each night that has to do with the Savior. We are also looking for some good traditions that we can implement for the rest of our lives. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know of them. This is the best time of year because people's hearts are so open and so full of love! If only we could keep the focus all year round, what a better place this would be!3

Since I have not yet started the tradition of lining the Baby's bed, I had to borrow this picture from
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