I get so excited on Christmas Eve. Its such a fun feeling, all the anticipation and joy. Never mind that, once you’re an adult, it brings a bit of work with it. I still get just as excited as I did when I was six.
The fact that Hanukkah also begins today is just really cool. Many of my friends celebrate it, and I think it’s a beautiful observation. With both holidays happening at once, I love the idea that most all of my friends are celebrating, all at once, wherever in the world they might be.
As you know, we celebrate Christmas. I love it for the commemoration of Christ’s birth. For me, that means it’s a glorious day to celebrate all the promises of God that could only have happened with Christ being born into this world.
We are going to enjoy today with our church family, having a pot luck and just hanging out together. I really love these folks, and the knowledge I have of the depth of their faith. I’m sure I’ll get some play time with all of the littles in our church too, which is definitely a bonus for me.
When we get home, I’ll have pies to bake for tomorrow. I’ll be making chocolate meringue pie, pecan, and apple. If I hurry, I can get the crusts made this morning, and can then finish them later today. My parents are joining us for dinner tomorrow afternoon, and I’m fixing a ham, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, cauliflower (by special request), and sourdough rolls. I doubt we’ll need pie on top of that, but…wait. Did I even just say that? Of course we’ll need pie!
Most of the presents are already under the tree, and we will each open one before we go to bed. They will each be new pajamas. Funny how that happens.
We almost always read from the Bible together on Christmas Eve too, because for us, that is the whole reason for the day. I wait until everyone is in bed before I fill stockings, though, and then turn off all the lights, except those on the tree, and take a moment to thank God for the many blessings He’s given that I could never possibly deserve.
Happy Hanukkah, my friends, Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings! I hope and pray that you revel in the glory of the season, however you choose to celebrate.