As many of you know, this is my first Christmas with my family in Alabama since I moved to the mission field. The last Christmas I spent at home was in 2005 so this year has been very exciting to say the least.
I sit here on Christmas Eve watching my all time favorite movie, White Christmas, with my mom and I'm reflecting on the past week filled with traditions and family. I've been to 2 school Christmas parties, 1 school Christmas program and was able to see many of my dad's family at our traditional Christmas Eve gathering.
I've eaten turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, broccoli-rice casserole, and we've made so many chocolate-covered goodies that I can't count them anymore. And Christmas hasn't even started yet. We still have presents to open, Christmas meal to make & eat and of course our traditional movie at the theater on Christmas Day with Ms. Lula.
As we grow older, some things change. Opening presents start later in the day as we all actually enjoy sleeping in, the evenings are spent wrapping said presents instead of trying to fight going to bed, at times we are begging to go to bed but there are still way too many things to be done.
Of course, one tradition that will always remain in our family is remembering the whole reason we celebrate Christmas to begin with. We are reminded that God gave us His only begotten Son so that one day 33 years later He would die for our sins so that we may live with Him forever.
Remember this season that God loves you so much that even before you were born He provided a way for you to be forgiven of all the times you have & will betray Him, forsake Him and denounce Him. He lives you so much that before He formed you in your mother's womb, He knew you and ordained the days placed before you.
I hope that wherever you are today that you will know His love!
Merry Christmas from my family to yours!