Keeping tradition helps us stay grounded as a family during the holidays. I am so grateful for the things we can look forward to year after year that make it feel like Christmas. Year after year, God's people kept feasts and celebrations, they rejoiced in shadows of things to come, waiting. always waiting. And so we wait, expectantly, celebrating One who has come! And will come again! Come, quickly Lord Jesus!
Counting the ways He blesses through traditions:
#5247. Being a part of an international community. We are excited to adopt new traditions of around the world. On Wednesday we went to a Mom and Kids Christmas Party and made Christingels, a British tradition from the Anglican church. It was a sweet time as we contemplated the world (the orange), Jesus' love that encircles the whole world (red ribbon), His light and His goodness to us (candies and candle). Then we paused to think of loved ones around the world that we miss and who we want to experience His love this Christmas. It was so precious to stop and remember the ones we are far away from and pray for them. A new tradition born!
#5248. Fun things we can only do in Uganda at Christmas-time- like playing water guns, going to the pool, and eating ice cream!
#5249. New traditions of our own here in Uganda. We want to make sure we are celebrating and worshiping Jesus, and so we are trying new ways to bring His light to the people around us. If you want to be challenged on your own Christmas traditions, read this blog post.
#5250. Celebrating in Arua with my brother and his family. So we also get to participate in their traditions! Meg has been doing some fun advent devotions with the boys- this one is the angels appearing to the shepherds!
#5251. Food. So important part of any celebration! And I wanted to find some type of Christmas candy to make- and wafer candy was born! Everything back in the states is made with Oreos or Ritz these days- so I found a wafer cookie that is in all our grocery stores here. I chopped them into squares and dipped them in melted Cadbury chocolate! Perfect!
How are celebrating this year? What traditions do you have that keep Jesus in the middle of the festivities?