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Hey y’all, Tiffany here.
What’s your favorite Christmas tradition? Something that you or your family does every year that just embodies the spirit of Christmas?
In my family growing up, we would would go out to dinner at a new restaurant as a family on Christmas Eve. I’m the oldest of 10 kids, so going out to eat was a rare treat for us!
After being at the restaurant, we would drive around and look at Christmas lights while singing Christmas carols.
There was one house in Denver that we stopped at every year. The home owners had turned their entire backyard into a Santa’s workshop, full of trains and lights, and even a sleigh. They also passed out free hot chocolate to anyone brave enough to get out of their snug warm cars into the frigid air.
This is something that I continue to do with our family, although we usually eat out on December 23rd – we call it Christmas Adam dinner. (Get it? Because Adam comes before Eve?)
Another Christmas memory I have is of my father’s wooden Nativity set being brought carefully out of storage. It was hand carved in Ecuador, and my father purchased it when he was a missionary there for two year at age 19.
I purchased a similar set on my mission in Puerto Rico about 10 years ago. We actually leave it up all year round, to try to remember that Christ’s birth should be celebrated all year.
Since we don’t really do Santa in our home, we try to make Christ be the focus of our December. One tradition we do each December is something I also gained on my mission, and it has made all the difference for me.
This one simple Christmas tradition will completely change how you and your family view the Christmas season.
It’s the simplest tradition, really. And I got it from one of my companions in the Missionary Training Center in the Domincan Republic. It’s something she and her family did each year:
Read the book of Luke throughout the month of December.
You see, most people read Luke 2 on Christmas Eve – many families with young children even act out the Nativity.
However, Christ is so much more than His birth!
He lived a perfect life, in order to show us how we should live.
He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, and He died on the cross.
He was resurrected and came forth from the tomb.
As we celebrate His birth, we also should remember the reason why it’s such a big deal! And we should teach our children that as well. Christmas is so much more than just a birthday party of a great man.
The book of Luke has 24 chapters in it – isn’t that perfect? You can read a chapter each day from December 1st, ending on Christmas Eve!
No matter where we are in our family scripture study, we pause it when we hit December 1st, and we resume it again on December 25th.
I can’t tell you what a tremendous blessing it has been in our family to have this Christmas tradition. Being able to discuss the life of Christ throughout the month of His birth with our children brings a reverence and awe that is sorely lacking during this commercial-centered time of year.
What are some of your favorite ways to make sure Christmas is focused on our Savior?