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It’s a traditional time of year

on December 23, 2012

It’s that time of year again, Christmas. All the Christmas trees are up and beautifully decorated, houses are twinkling with lights and decor. Stores are busy with the hustle and bustle of shoppers buying food and presents to make their Christmas just perfect. Festivities are being planned . Excitement from the children that two weeks of holidays from school are about to start.
Amidst all the preparations it is the traditions that make this holiday so special. Traditions we pass down from generation to generation. Things that make our family unique . Weather it’s food , candles lit in windows for those we miss, elf on the self, visits to the mall to have your pictures taken with santa, going for a drive to see all the lights that decorate the houses or time spend with family near and far. Whatever it is its the traditions that you look forward for this one time each year.
Even Dear hubby and I grew up with special traditions. Dear hubby has his English traditions , which consists of christmas eve church service, orange juice and champagne for breakfast with brunch, Turkey dinner , opening presents Christmas morning and in the evening going to the village pub to celebrate with friends and family .
While my family who is Dutch and christians celebrate differently from my hubby . The first weekend in December the Christmas decorations went up and my mother would display all sorts of know knack on the shelf to play with . My favourite was her Christmas bears which are now N’s favourite. W always opened Christmas presents a week or two before Christmas as to not take away from what the real reason for Christmas is. We attended large family reunions with extended family . our school always had a christmas concert , which this year we attended the first one for N . On Christmas Day we attend church and spend the day with family followed by a dinner which is usually a ham or turkey. We lived on a farm and we often spent the day with our cousins out side building snow forts , tobogganing, riding the quads, watching the movie “muppets Christmas carol” .
With two very different traditions in our families we had ago make our own . So with our children in early December our children open our presents from us we go to drive and see all the Christmas lights , we watch the yearly Santa clause parade. We have christmas parties with my siblings and their children. On Christmas Day we attend church in the morning , and then spend the day at our of our extended family’s .
This year we will be spending Christmas Day at my parents house where we will be going swimming in the afternoon followed by a delicious dinner.
Then next day we will be spending an over night at dear hubby’s parents where we will have champagne breakfast and open presents on the morning followed by a wonderful dinner.
Christmas is spending time with our families and celebrating the birth of Christ.
The most important ” tradition” is celebrating the birth of our saviour. Our children need to understand the importance of this among the other traditions we have. We read the bile story and we explain to them from a very young age that Santa is not real . That its a very nice story but it’s not real , we explain that we give each other gifts as the three wise men gave Jesus gifts. We explain that Jesus birth is GOD fulfilling his promises to us . We explain why Jesus had to be born to a virgin and why he was born in a stable. We explain the best we can . We pass our beliefs down to our children so that they to may share in the promises of The Lord.
Amongst all them celebrations of Christmas lets us not forget the real reason of Christmas
” away in a manger, no crib for a bed , the little lord Jesus lay down his sweet head. The stars in the bright sky look down where he lay. The little lord Jesus asleep on the hay .”

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