I'm usually slightly irritated all month because of the disruption to precious routine that the Christmas season is. It makes a mess, rearranges rooms and costs us money we shouldn't spend. But, every year, my husband's generosity and calm attitude has infected me a little more. The big shift this year has a lot to do with the reality that our next 2 Christmases will be spent in a foreign land where they don't have snow and don't celebrate Christmas as a nation. I realize that all these fun and heartwarming "disruptions" will be events I'll miss dearly while overseas.
So I'm finally relishing all the little things this year. The gift wrapping, the advent calendar, the decorating of the Christmas tree, and the lights on the house. But most all I'm relishing the reminders we have of it being all about His glory and grace since His declaration of Christ's coming in Genesis 3.
The reminder of Christ and His mercy are my wish for my family this year as we gear up to walk away from all we are familiar with in our culture. I want this Christmas to give my children confidence in the larger realities of why we celebrate Christmas. I want them to understand that it's not a mere cultural duty, but a deeply rooted example of all that we've received as sinners saved by His gracious hand.
So, pray for me that I not become a grinch, but at the same time, that I continue to be awed by the deep meaning of this month. May you see Him as most glorious!
2. What is your Christmas morning / Hanukkah Nightly tradition?
We go to the Christmas Eve service.
3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?
I would ask for a working car with 10 years of free repairs.
4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?
We play in the snow and bake together.
5. What games did you play with your family growing up?
We loved Scrabble, Pictionary and Monopoly.
6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?
I've carried on the traditions of driving around to look at Christmas lights and opening one gift on Christmas Eve.
7. Where would you go for a Christmas/Hanukkah-away-from-home trip?