until Christmas Eve! I'm excited, are you?
I am hoping my poor tree lasts until Christmas! It is DRY....
You know, we have a tree every year because it is our family tradition. I love to decorate it and have the lights add a special glow in the house, during these months when the sun sets early and the nights are cold and dark. It adds to our sense of celebration! And celebrate we do! For us, we celebrate Jesus's birth.
As Kyle says "We don't need the tree or lights to celebrate Jesus's birth" but we like them! We also like singing Christmas Carols and baking special cookies, we like buying gifts for each other. It's fun. For us we like to give gifts that will be special to the person to honor the Greatest gift.
We have friends who don't really celebrate in the way we do. That's not a problem for them or us - we still really like each other. They don't get upset when they come to our house and we have a tree, nor do we take offense that they don't have one.
We have two birthdays and an anniversary in our family during the week between Christmas Eve and January 2nd. We really celebrate at this time of year! For Christmas we do focus on Jesus - as we do all year long - but we take this time set aside to celebrate His Advent - His coming.
We are so thankful for His coming. It changed the world, by changing the hearts of those receive Him!
We should be shouting "Joy To The World!"