Unwrapping Christmas Traditions!

Hello All,

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord!  THIS IS CHRISTmas, Jesus Christ our Lord! 

As we’ve been “Unwrapping CHRISTmas” this month and reminding ourselves that Jesus is the meaning of Christmas, I can’t help but acknowledge that also Christmas traditions, especially those you’ve lived within your own family are part of Christmas as well.

For many this time of year is again a season of joy and celebration to be shared with family.  At the same time, this time of year can be very lonely for many whose Christmas memories aren’t so joyous or current life circumstances just don’t fit with the whole “celebration” theme.    

As the verse above states, CHRISTmas is about CHRIST the Lord, born to each of us……yes, YOU! 
I pray you are blessed, each of you with the love of God in Jesus and the Holy Spirit this Christmas!  Whether you realize it or not, we truly are blessed to have a Savior in the world! Whether we are with family or alone, Jesus IS there with us and in reality, we are never alone! 

What a testimony of Christmas as well in that the Eales are hosting a Christmas meal (Bring and Share/Potluck) on Christmas day for ALL that would like to join. Regardless if you are single or a family wishing to celebrate with others, you are welcome!   You have “family” at LIFT, even if you didn’t grow up in the same home together!  Remember the special Christmas Eve service at 5:00 pm at the Kirchgemeindehaus as well.  
So, about those family traditions……  Something Tanya and I brought into our Best family Christmas many years ago was simply including the reading of Luke’s version of the “first Christmas” each Christmas Eve with our children and family or friends or who may be with us.  Yes, we too enjoy the warm decorations, candles, baked cookies and having a Christmas tree in our living room, but we do make it intentional to include that Jesus is what Christmas is truly about, a real celebration and gift of life from God to us!    

Below is this Luke 2 passage of the first Christmas!

In His grip and grace,


Luke 2
2:1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
4 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. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
15 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.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.


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