"What kind of cookies are you making?" Shine asked.
"I'll pick up eggnog at Publix on the way home from work," Julianna added, grabbing her purse as she walked out of the kitchen toward the door.
Tonight was our annual Decorating the Christmas Tree Night, a tradition started our first year of marriage.
We start with a special dinner: Chicken and Dumplings, Ambrosia, and Muffins. Afterward, we do our Christmas devotions. Then, we listen to Christmas carols, eat cookies, and drink eggnog while we decorate the tree. There are treasured ornaments we pull out each year to hang on the tree. Some are handmade. Many are decades old; some handed down from grandparents.
It is a special evening that the entire family looks forward to. This year, my grandsons were part of the fun! Rusty hung ornaments on the lower branches of the tree and Cooper pulled them off.
There was laughter around the table and we joked as we hung the ornaments. Of course, there were stories behind some of the ornaments that are repeating year after year.
Best of all, Decorating the Christmas Tree Night is one of the rhythms and patterns of our life that brings us joy! It is a way to be festive and celebrate during one of the most holy of all seasons: Christmastide.
How about you? Do you have any special Christmas traditions?
Merry Christmas from Our House to Your House.
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