Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

Each year we have a tradition... We go to dinner (ususally mexican food) the night we purchase our christmas tree. Then off to the Christmas tree lot. Hannah and I usually take off running through all the trees and try to scare eachother.. It's pretty fun!! Jeff usually looks at us like we are crazy, BUT he joined in this year..

The Meaning of Christmas

After reading the book "Purpose of Christmas" it made me think about the true meaning of Christmas. So many people are pulled in so many directions from their daily lives that they don't stop to think about why we celibrate Christmas. I am guilty, I get so busy with the shopping each Christmas and working and just getting so busy that I forget to talk with my daughter and explain to her the true meaning of Christmas. In public school they can't get to religous, so it's up to us as parents to teach her. After reading this book I am going to start a new tradition. We will celibrate Jesus' birthday every year on Christmas Eve. Hannah and I will bake a cake and we will all sing Happy birthday to him.

The Purpose of Christmas

Why is Christmas such a big deal?
If you stop to think about it, it is astounding that the simple, unassuming birth of a peasant baby boy more than two thousand years ago in the Middle East can today cause traffic jams every December in places like New York City, Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro.
The night Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, a small group of poor shepherds were quietly tending their flocks of sheep in a nearby field, looking up at the stars. Nothing seemed any different from a thousand other nights. But what was about to happen would transform not only their lives but billions of other lives as well. The world would never be the same again.
Regardless of your background, religion, problems, or circumstances, Christmas really is the best news you could get. In his powerful yet compassionate voice, Rick Warren explains how God designed Christmas to meet your three deepest needs and how understanding and receiving God's three Christmas gifts to you will transform your life forever.
If you feel that Christmas has become nothing more than a source of emotional and financial stress - If somewhere along the line you lost "the reason for the season"...
You need to hear this powerful little book! I read it lastnight in about an hour and am so inspired by it. I recommend this book to everyone.