Thanks to Jen for hosting over at conversiondiary.com. Christmas traditions edition.
So I have to confess that I have been listening to Christmas music since before Thanksgiving. Alicia has a cute little kids Christmas CD that has her name in it, telling her about the real meaning of Christmas. Of course, it started making some odd noises, so I ripped it and then burned it, now the songs are all out of order. May have to re-recreate the CD for her. Can I also just say that I watched the CMA Country Special on Thursday night and I love that the musicians will actually wear crosses (some of the ladies might do better to dress a little more modestly) and sign REAL Christmas songs. You know, ones that aren't afraid to mention Jesus... Rudolph and Frosty are ok, but traditional carols are the ones that mean the most. When listening to my daughter's CD this year it took me by surprise that I was finally struck by the line, "Long lay the world, in sin and error pining, til he appeared and the soul felt it's worth." HOW BEAUTIFUL!!! And how true!
Driving around to look at Christmas lights is another holiday favorite. There are a few houses that have a TON of lights around here. Alicia was cute about it last year and this year with her talking so much, it should be really cute to see what she says. We may take a trip to the Enchanted Christmas Village sometime during the week if we get the chance. Not sure about timing of it all, but I would like to bring the girls this year. Lots of lights in there that we could walk around to see. We went a few years ago, before we had Hannah, and enjoyed it but the lines were long. Hannah is a bit more active than Alicia, so I think she'd have a hard time waiting in the lines.
The Christmas season should truly be marked by the beauty of God sending his Son to us in such simplicity. Jesus came into this world as a helpless newborn, totally dependent on Mary and Joseph. Jesus was born into a humble family, in a stable, placed in a manger. He wasn't born in a palace, he wasn't raised by rich, well-to-do parents. He didn't come down from Heaven blazing in almighty light to show who He was. He came to us simply, humbly, knowing that we all too often do not feel or know our own worth. All God wants from us is an open heart to receive Him. God wants us to feel His love. May we use this Christmas season to open ourselves to the gift of Jesus and remember that HE is the reason for the season!