Christmas Music. Another year when our children were young, we were out shopping near the beginning of the Christmas Season when we came across several copies of this book of Christmas songs, published by the Willis Music Company. We bought all of the copies the store had, and another family Christmas Tradition was born. Some years we have sung Christmas songs together almost every night. Other years we only are able to sing together once or twice a week, but we always sing on Christmas Eve. Each family member usually gets to choose one or two of their favorites. Throughout the years various members of the family have been involved in different musical groups with school, church or the community, and some years we have had 3 or more different Christmas Concerts to attend. We begin listening to Christmas music right after Thanksgiving, and enjoy it all through the month of December.
Cards and letters. In these days of blogs and facebook we have the pleasure of interacting with many of our friends and relatives on a regular basis, even those who live far distances from us, but the once a year exchanging of Christmas cards and letters is one of our favorite traditions. There's nothing quite like getting a beautiful card, letter, and/or photo of loved ones that you can display and enjoy throughout the Christmas Season. Hopefully those who receive our cards and letters enjoy receiving them as much as we do!
Selecting and Giving of Gifts are other traditions that we enjoy. Whether it's taking the little ones to the dollar store where they can choose a toy for each of their brothers and sisters, or watching the thrill of secretly shopping and selecting nicer gifts as they get older and are earning a bit of money on their own, trying to find something to please those you love is an important part of our holiday season.
Baking Treats for neighbors and Santa (and ourselves) of course is another tradition that we enjoy. Some years we have done the hand-dipped tuffles and cherrie chocolates and pretzles. Some years we've done fudge, english toffee, butter mints or caramels. Some years we've made gingerbread men to put on the tree. We usually bake bread for the neighbors, and sugar cookies for Santa, and Croissants for Christmas morning.
"And it came to pass that there was no darkness in all that night, but it was as light as though it was mid-day. And it came to pass that the sun did rise in the morning again, according to its proper order; and they knew that it was the day that the Lord should be born, because of the sign which had been given. And it came to pass also othat a new star did appear, according to the word."
3 Nephi 1:19, 21
The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ pg. 408
Yes, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Savior and Reedeemer, did come to earth. He showed us the way. He is the light of the world. He suffered for our sins and our sorrows and our weakness. He will come again. The prophets have testified. And we can believe.
What are your Christmas Traditions?