What I Like And Don’t Like About Christmas

FEUERZANGENBOWLE !!!!It’s this time of the year again.

Everyone is running around getting last minute presents, baking cookies and decorating the front door…

This is what I like about Christmas

  • People are gathering at the Christmas market and drink something hot and steamy in the cold
  • Inner city’s are lit with a beautiful light decoration
  • The atmosphere of a not too crowded Christmas market in Germany
  • The smells like cookies in shopping-malls
  • Watching people spend money on a gift for someone else
  • I have the opportunity to give someone a present without any odd looks
  • Mulled wine & Feuerzangenbowle
  • Our home is beautifully decorated. Even outside.
  • Christmas music from Michael Buble
  • A fire in the fireplace and lots of burning candles
  • The smell of cookies when I come home from work
  • Presents underneath the Christmas tree
  • Listening to my dad read the Christmas story on the evening of the 24th
  • Seeing my family around the table enjoying dinner and fellowship
  • Watching the eyes of my kids when the open their present
  • I love the thank you hug and kisses from my kids
  • I’m getting a present :)
  • That Jesus was born to save me and the world

This is what I don’t like about Christmas

  • When people forget the true meaning of Christmas
  • Too many people in shopping malls
  • Last minute shopping stress
  • Unsure if my gifts will please the one I give it to
  • Too much routine
  • Singing Christmas songs with bad singers like myself :)

My Christmas Challenge

  • Give a present to someone you don’t know
  • Hug people you love just a second longer than usually
  • Write a letter with love and appreciation for someone you have known for years
  • Read the nativity story to your kids before they go to bed on the 23rd

I wish you a merry Christmas.

The Birth of Jesus

Luke 2:1-20 (NIV)

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

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