Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year
Miss Pelica (AKA ljgloyd)
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2, verses 1-20, New International Version)
As a child, my dad used to take us all out for a drive on Christmas Eve to look at Christmas lights on houses. Usually, this was to allow “Santa Grandma and Grandpa” to put out the gifts we would open Christmas Eve when we returned home. I have kept up a version of that tradition, though not necessarily on Christmas Eve. A few nights ago a friend and I usually went out after dinner to look at Christmas lights on “Candy Cane Lane”, a street in our community that goes all out each year to decorate. Then we go home and exchange gifts. We have done this for a number of years so it has now become a tradition.
Here are a few selections from this year’s Candy Cane Lane.
We all have holiday traditions and usually they have come from our families, cultures of origin, or faith communities. Sometimes we create our own traditions. If you do something for long enough in an established way, it becomes a tradition.
For the last few years, I and some friends have gotten together some time just before Christmas for a “hen-fest.” This usually involves a trip for Chinese dim sum or Moroccan food followed by gift giving and much frivolity. In recent years, most of our nest of hens have flown the coop, but some of us still keep up the tradition that has evolved over the years. This year’s feast was dim sum.
What traditions have you created in your life?