“What are your favorite Christmas memories?” I asked my readers last week with the promise that I would post the best one. The stories that were submitted were so special that I wasn’t able to choose just one. So, here for your enjoyment are the favorite recollections of several readers.
From Deb Traverso of Falling Waters, West Virginia:
“I think I’ll sit this one out because my favorite Christmas tradition annoys my son. On a day in December when he least expects it, I crank up the stereo speakers and wake him to the joyful (and VERY loud) tunes of the Muppets singing the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” He always forgives me by at least 11 a.m., when he realizes I can make him lunch. It’s great fun.”
From Jana Sloan Hall of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:
“Some of my fondest childhood Christmas memories are centered on the dime store nativity set in our living room. It had a light in the top for the star. Many evenings as my mother was preparing dinner and darkness filled the room my mother, brother, and I would gather around the nativity set and softly sing Christmas carols. It became a holy time. For us, God’s Incarnation was there in our living room. We were filled with awe and wonder. My brother treasures that little nativity set and puts it out each year in his home. I treasure my memories.”
From Twyla Boyer Hajdukiewicz of Long Island, New York:
“One of my favorite Christmas memories won’t bring any awards, but perhaps smiles and understanding. I was single, living in the Pittsburgh area, working full-time, singing in the church choir, and (as a single person) invited with some insistence to FOUR homes for Christmas dinner – two in the North Hills, one in the South Hills, and one in the Mon Valley. It would have taken about 8 hours of driving to go to all of them and though I loved each friend dearly, I wasn’t looking forward to rushing about and spending most of Christmas Day in my car. Well, it seemed God knew I needed rest because I started to come down with bronchitis, beginning Christmas Eve morning. It sounds terrible, but I was actually gleeful about it. I knew that with enough cough drops and Chloraseptic I could make it through Christmas Eve services and that I would have a very good reason to just stay home, which was what I really, really wanted to do. I called each friend and explained that I’d be unable to make it, went to the video store and rented five movies I’d been wanting to see, stopped at Boston Market and the grocery to buy enough Christmas dinner stuff to last a few days, made it to church and through the singing, then went home and spent all day on Christmas being a slug on the couch, watching wonderful movies (some rented, some on tv), sleeping whenever I felt like it, eating roasted chicken, stuffing, potatoes, spiced apples and pie whenever I wanted. It was totally peaceful, totally relaxing, and I enjoyed every second of my respite from the craziness of how the world does Christmas. I got to see my friends later, on different days over the course of a couple of weeks, allowing me to thoroughly enjoy my time with each one in a totally unhurried manner. It’s definitely not the stuff of Normal Rockwell, but it sure was nice for a year to be able to take Christmas off from everything.”
Thank you, Deb, Jana and Twyla for being my guests today on SOAR WITH EAGLES and for sharing your Christmas memories!
I wish all of my readers a wonderful Christmas. As we celebrate with our families and friends, let us remember the priceless eternal gift from our Heavenly Father – the birth of our Savior. Without the birth of Jesus Christ, not one of us would have the hope, the promise of spending eternity in heaven with God, our Father. While on earth, Jesus taught each one of us how to live according to God’s Will, and in doing so, our lives are rich no matter what our circumstances may be.
And so, this Christmas season, whether you face prosperity or hardship, know that God loves YOU so deeply and unconditionally that He has given you a gift that will never break, fade or tarnish. If you don’t know this blessed Jesus, I invite you to seek Him. He is right here, waiting for you. All you have to do is call His name and He will show you how to know Him.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
Cynthia Howerter © 2011