Gathering Traditions

Share your favorite traditions that touch your heart…past & present, big or small!

Jesus is born! October 11, 2008

Filed under: Christmas,Religious — gatheringtraditions @ 10:03 pm

God coming to us as a tiny baby–in a manger none the less!  Christmas is absolutely my favorite time of year!  I love the reason we celebrate, and love giving gifts.  When I was growing up we had a nativity set…and instead of setting it up right away…my mom would read parts of the nativity story, and we’d move each piece a bit closer to the stable as the days progressed….and on Christmas we’d add the final piece…baby Jesus!

Im really anxious to read the ideas that you have to help celebrate Christmas with your family so that our children understand its not just about getting presents!  That Jesus IS the reason!!


3 Responses to “Jesus is born!”

  1. Katie Gard Says:

    We have a nativity set with movable figurines. Every Christmas eve, we read through the birth narrative from the Bible, and the kids get to act out the arrival of Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the angels, shepherds, and wise men using the little figurines.

    Then we eat rice pudding; one bowl of pudding has an almond hidden in the bottom. Whoever gets the almond gets to choose one gift from under the tree & open it first. Each family member, in turn, gets to open one gift each before going to bed.

  2. The Christmas tradition that we have started in our family is to make an ornament on Christmas Eve, the kids open one gift (new pajamas), then put new pajamas on, and snuggle up on the couch while my husband reads the Christmas story out of the book of Luke.

    This past Christmas was our first time implementing this tradition and I look forward to seeing it played out every year! It’s precious.

  3. Ashley Taylor Says:

    We had a Christmas tradition of going to the Festival of Trees each December but the Festival lost its venue and could not go on so now we go the Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier. Its just as much fun and closer to home too.

    Another tradition that started with my family when I was a kid is to go to grandma’s house for dinner and presents there on Christmas Eve. Then on Christmas day all the grandparents/family comes to our house to see what the kids got from Santa and maybe do lunch.

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