Each Christmas Eve, for as long as I can remember, my mother’s side of the family has gathered together for a Christmas Eve dinner of Seafood Newburg. There is a lot of good food to eat, gifts exchanged, singing and laughter. But one tradition that stands out the most is the birthday cake we always have for Jesus at the end of the meal. For several years it was a yule log, and many times it was store bought, and once it was even a cake in a flower pot covered in flower decorations. It always has candles. We gather around after are bellies are full, light the candles and sing happy birthday to Jesus, and as you look around the room while you are singing you see bright eyes and little faces of wonder and joy in the candle light. After all the distractions of decorating, baking, shopping and wrapping, we are reminded of the reason we are celebrating. It’s our Savior’s Birthday and we are joyful of the hope He brings.
As the Holiday nears, I wanted to let you know just how much I appreciate you, and wish you and your family a blessed Holiday full of wonder and joy, and may the gifts of peace, hope and love fill your New Year.