Matthew 2:11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

When my children were little we told them that Jesus provided for us and that’s where their Christmas gifts came from. We let them open their gifts on Christmas morning and it was always so much fun. But when our children were in their teens we started a new family tradition. Instead of opening the gifts on Christmas morning…we opened them on Christmas Eve so that Christmas day would be about Jesus birthday celebration.
We would all gather around the tree and their father would give a mini sermon (he is a minister) on Christmas…then we would pray and then present each other with gifts, laugh and have such a great time.

Christmas day was all about celebrating Jesus birthday with a big dinner and a birthday cake. We sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and thanked God for sending His son. Now that my 6 children are grown…I have to say I miss that family tradition…but oh the memories!

I know the Magi brought gifts to Jesus and I don’t know how the gift giving on Christmas got started…but I do enjoy it and I do keep the whole Christmas celebration in moderation. I also always keep the reason for the season before me and my family.
Last Sunday I sang a solo in church and these are the words to the song:

Happy Birthday Jesus

Happy Birthday Jesus
I’m So Glad Its Christmas
all The Tinsel and Lights
and The Presents Are Nice
but The Real Gift Is You.

Happy Birthday Jesus
I’m So Glad Its Christmas
all The Carols And Bells
make The Holiday Swell
and it’s All About You
happy Birthday Jesus
Jesus I Love You!

The cutest girl singing this song:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=claKP84h9EE

Message for today: Giving gifts is a good thing…Celebrating Jesus birth is a better thing. The old saying that Jesus is the reason for the season will always be my Christmas motto…what about you?

Jesus is the reason for the season

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