Over the centuries we have celebrated the advent of the Christ Child with different customs from all over the world as well as different customs with families.
At home Mom had trays of yummy Christmas cookies. Many were the traditional German cookies. Dad prepared egg nog and we shared gifts and warm times in front of the cozy fire. My memories today are of Dad as we put the tree up every year, hanging the lights on the inner edges of the branches, the ornaments near the front edges, but always leaving room for the single strands of tinsel on the tree limbs.
I asked mom once why we celebrated on Christmas eve. She said her dad had to work for the railroad on Christmas Day so they always did Christmas Eve.
JOY... memories that warm my heart. Laurie
“When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers
of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In
Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has
written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means
least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who
will shepherd my people Israel.’”” Matthew 2:4-6
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