Christmas Traditions · 23 December 2017

Adoration of the Shepherds
by the Dutch painter Gerard van Honthorst, 1622
This work is in the public domain.

I cannot believe Christmas is already here. Where has the time gone? And where have the traditions gone?

And the angel said, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothing and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12 ESV) Yes. I still hear Linus saying those words. Not every time, but often. Even if I have not watched A Charlie Brown Christmas for several years. I know. It is a time honored tradition. But somehow, we get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of the season and forget some of those traditions. Or the children get too old for those traditions. Or we just stop traditions.

I was recently interviewed for our monthly school video production. The interviewer asked what some of my favorite Christmas traditions were. I said a few things, but what made the show was that my favorite tradition was reading the Christmas story from our children’s Bible. This little Bible just has the Christmas story. It has some songs too and we used to read the story on Christmas Eve to the boys when they were young. I remember one Christmas when my parents were at the house. All seven of us were crowded into one of the boy’s bedroom and we all listened to the sacred story of Jesus being born in a stable. I remember reading from that same children’s Bible as the boys got older too. Sometimes on Christmas Eve, sometimes on Christmas day. It was always a way for me to remind us all the reason for the season.

Of course, I did not have that much air time on the interview. I just got in the part about reading the original Christmas story from our Children’s Bible as one of my favorite traditions. Which was good enough. I do not know if anybody heard it, but I am glad I said it. After all, there are Christmas traditions worth repeating year after year. And reading the original Christmas story and hearing Linus tell it are two worth keeping.

I think this year, I might need to bring back A Charlie Brown Christmas into our traditions. And regardless of how old the boys get, I am going to keep reading the Christmas story from that old Children’s Bible.

And to quote another Christmas favorite: Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

© 2017 Michael T. Miyoshi

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