This is one of my most favorite times of year as I relish good holiday cheer, plenty of eggnog, and Christmas tree decorating. As a child, my parents lived for these moments and worked hard to make sure my five siblings and I enjoyed our times together. I will never forget traditions of my mom’s roasted nuts and sweet potato pies and my dad’s fruit cakes and grilled turkey (yes, he grilled outside in 30-40 degree weather on Thanksgiving!). Above all, my family had each other as we gave thanks and spent our time together with much appreciation of the life given to us.
This year I’m ecstatic about being home for the holidays with my husband and daughter. I have some plans up my sleeve to begin certain traditions with my almost 3 year old daughter. While it may be tempting to purchase endless gifts for our only child, I regress in order to instill the value of time well spent. Some activities I look forward to are:
With little to no money involved in such activities, I am confident that my daughter, twenty years from now, will remember our traditions more than she will remember the latest toy, gadget, or device.
And as we take moments to slow down and reflect on the season of Advent, it’s very clear that God has given us the greatest present of all: His son, Jesus. Because of this gift (John 3:16) we have in Jesus, we can take joy in having life and having it more abundantly (John 10:10) despite the calamities and tragedies of this world. As sojourners on the road to heavenly eternity, we realize that the God of all gods is the true reason for holiday cheer, joy, and peace that is incomparable to the things that hold no true value. We have God and we have each other. This, indeed, is enough…
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