Christmas is always special. This year it was extra special for my wife and I. Since we are in the process of adopting 2 boys, this was our first Christmas with our kids. It’s been 4 awesome months since we had them placed in our home. We had so much fun buying them gifts and spending time with the family. We also threw a birthday party for Jesus and had cake, etc. It was truly a wonderful day. We were also blessed with having a white Christmas. A very cold but white Christmas. I think we ended up with at least 7 inches of snow and the snow drifts from the 50mph wind conditions made it even deeper in places.
Last year we flew up to Seattle to my family for Christmas and was stuck in about 18″ of snow. It started falling a couple hours before we landed and didn’t really stop for a day or two. So we are blessed to have two white Christmas’ in a row. In fact if we would have been in Texas this Christmas we would have had a white one as well. (very unusual)
I love the Christmas lights too. This year we took the boys to a city park with all these lights and it took FOREVER, but we enjoyed them and had fun even though it was a late, late night for all of us.
Christmas – the Birth of Jesus:
Luke 2:8-16 (ESV)
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.10 And the angel said to them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.