The one tradition that has developed for our family during the Christmas season balances around two birthdays.
The first is Sandy’s on December 5th when we get our tree and decorate it, which for our family basically begins the Christmas season. The second is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th when we take down the tree and the Christmas season winds down.
I have not really figured out any definite spiritual significance for the first birthday, other that it just seems to be about the maximum time a tree will last without disintegrating. But the second, for any believer has great significance. For without the birth of Jesus, our belief in the one true God is not possible.
As Isaiah 9:6 foretold: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
I am in awe that we serve a living God. One who fulfilled every prophecy, who loved us so much, that he became flesh so that we might live. So, during this Advent season, whatever your family tradition may be, remember that our God lives and he loves every single one of us.
Brett Confer, elder