Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Only one candle left!  One of our family traditions has been to read together each night of Advent .  We begin four weeks before Christmas on a Sunday and read a portion of a story.  We've been reading through some books by Arnold Ytreeide.  This year we are reading "Bartholomew's Passage" .  We have one more night of reading before the final story on Christmas morning.  We've so enjoyed these books, they really do help us re-focus more on the meaning of Christmas and get away, for a short time, from the commercialism that we see and hear everywhere. 
Another fun family tradition is to get on our pajamas, pop popcorn, climb into the car and drive around to look at Christmas lights.  We love to listen to Adventures in Odysee  "Gifts for Madge and Guy".  It's a funny take off on "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry.  Still, the lessons are wonderful and we treasure these fun and meaningful family times.
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, shopping is done, and we have a Christmas Eve service tomorrow night.  Christmas morning is the last reading.  We light our final candle, the white one... the Christ Candle.  We pray and thank God for His best gift to us. 

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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