Saturday, December 11, 2010

Favorite Christmas Memories #6: The Christmas Story

The Story of Christmas with its own Advent Calendar (A Golden Book)We had this very book growing up as kids.  Starting on December 1st you're able to start reading through the Christmas story.  It really helped to keep the reason for the season in mind as we went through the holidays.  Then, on Christmas eve the sweet baby is born and we all rejoiced in how happy He makes us all.  It was a very special occasion for each and every one of us.

Thankfully I was able to get my hands on the same book a few years ago.   While it's sometimes hard to stay caught up we do a pretty good job of it.  I like how each day we're reminded of how the world was lost and forlorn before that baby came, of the efforts of Mary and Joseph and how wise men followed the teachings of the prophets to find him.  Of course, it also takes a bit of liberty with the story... but it is golden book and what's a story without a little creative liberty. :)

For our family we also do a couple of other favorites.  We attend Behold the Gift at the Oakland Stake center.  It's the Nativity told with modern dance.  Just with the book you're reminded with all the joy that Jesus brought to our earth.  He is our Savior.  I love how the ending is so happy and reminds us how He makes us happy.

We go to the local Creche exhibit and revel in creches from different countries.  It's fun to see how different countries see how it happened... but it's all centering on that amazing story.  We also then go to dinner at the Palo Alto Creamery... but that's just a bonus. :)

We also go to the local Baptist Nativity.  It's A-mazing.  They do a reenactment of the nativity complete with camels, sheep roman guards.  You're really there.  You realize how HE brings us joy.  HE is the reason for the season and how WE are that lucky that he loves us.  

Anyway, what does your family do to remember the reason for the season?

1 comment:

  1. Our city also does a living reenactment of the nativity. We love going every year. I especially loved that they used a toddler when the wise men came to visit. They had him get down and interact a little with the gifts. It was something I hadn't thought about before. That he was a child and probably would have been excited for the gifts, just like our own children are.


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