Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Eve Traditions

I hope all of you had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas. I have the pleasure of having my husband home and we have enjoyed it so much. Working for the news industry, his job never stops!

On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, our tradition is to attend church. It depends on what day our church decides to hold service. This year, it was on Christmas Eve and what a beautiful service it was. I was very much reminded of the HOPE that Christmas brings. I pray this Christmas season brought HOPE in your life.

Photo: Christmas Eve service
(This is a picture of our beautiful sanctuary during Christmas Eve Services)

Ever since I can remember, we have always had a Christmas Eve party with my mom's side of the family. I look forward to this tradition every year. My my mom makes the best holiday punch and serves it in her elegant punch bowl. I can't wait to dig into my Grandma's Lemon Pie and my Aunt's gingerbread cookies.. It is fantastic! My waistline isn't usually happy afterwards, but I really enjoy it.

Ever since my Grandpa moved from LasVegas, he has also joined in on the family festivities.. It was great to see him and my Grandma, even though they divorced years ago.. It's always good to see them together.

My Grandpa isn't doing good. He definitely has the onset of Alzheimer's Disease and can barely remember my mom, let alone the rest of us Grandchildren. Each year that he visits for Christmas, I am reminded of how beautiful life is.  Although his health declines every year, his smile remains the same.

This year he was very exhausted and wasn't very alert during our party. I was glad his presence was with us, but I knew he was not the same person from a year ago.

As his health and body deteriorates, I am reminded that God did not plan for our earthly bodies to last forever, but for our spirits to last eternally. Although I am sad to see his body decline, I am hopeful that he will not be held captive to it much longer.

I am thankful for another Christmas Eve with him and the rest of my family. I love that this tradition stands still every year and I look forward to it continuing for years to come.

What are your Christmas Eve traditions?


Unknown said...

We actually don't have a tradition on Christmas Eve. Some years we've traveled back from visiting my family. Other years we've gotten together with friends. This year it was just us -- me, my husband and our two kids. We went out for lunch, saw a movie, ran a couple errands for some sick friends and then had Mexican for dinner. It was a really fun time -- simple but refreshing in the midst of a somewhat busy holiday season.

Sarah said...

Thanks for stopping by! I think the best family times are some of the simple ones. Glad you had a lovely Christmas Eve filled with good memories! May you have a blessed New Year!