Saturday, October 17, 2009


It is the end of Week 2 of Red Writing's Twelve Weeks of Christmas, and the assignment is to share your Christmas memories/traditions.
Once again, I have to use the words, "I am blessed" that all of my life, we have been able to celebrate Christmas with our immediate family in the home that I am living, (not the one I'm living in now. . .I mean that when I was growing up, we had our Christmas at our house, and went to the Grandparents', too, and we have continued to do that with our family.)
and make the effort to "have Christmas" sometime around the holidays with all of the grandparents and family. When I ask my children what their favorite Christmas tradition/memory is,
they say, "just being with all of the family,
and Grandma Cabaniss reciting The Christmas Story."
I have lots of special Christmas memories. My children have lots of special Christmas memories of how we had Christmas at home, and with all of their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

At my parents' home, one of the things we do, is to gather in the room with the piano. The children put on a recital for us, playing the piano, some years the guitar, and singing.
Then we sing Christmas carols together.
Then, my Mom recites the Christmas story from scripture.

The Psalm that I have chosen for today tells us to do that, to open our mouth and teach our children.

Psalm 78:1-7 NIV
O my people, hear my teaching;
listen to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in parables,
I will utter hidden things, things from of old--
what we have heard and known,
what our fathers have told us,
We will not hide them from their children;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
His power, and the wonders He has done,
He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which He commanded our forefathers
to teach their children,
so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget His deeds
but would keep His commands.

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  1. What a special time for your whole family, especially for the younger ones to listen to those stories...They are warm treasures to keep! God bless and have a great weekend.

  2. Wonderful Christmas traditions. I hadn't thought about the fact that we are so close to Christmas. Where does the time go?
    Christmas for me has changed through the years. When I was little we always had a lot of relatives around, We always celebrated Christmas although the church that I grew up in didn't want to associate Christmas with the birth of Christ. Strange, I know, but since the exact birth date is not in the Bible, and we are not commanded there to celebrate it, they believe it is adding to the Bible which they consider a sin. I'm grateful to no longer be associated with that church. I never ever thought it was wrong to celebrate Christmas as Christ's birthday.
    I think your traditions are wonderful. Thank you for sharing with us.

  3. What a great tradition. I love the psalm.

  4. Beautiful Psalm, thank you for blessing us all with it! <3

    Lovely traditions too! It makes me excited for Christmas.

  5. Christmas is such a magical time and sounds particularly blessed!

  6. Hello Sandy,
    Reading this post brought back so many wonderful memories of my childhood, and when we were rearing our own children. I so love reading of how others celebrate Christmas.You are so blessed to have your family there to make and share memories.
    What an awesome Psalm you have shared!

  7. You are right it is a blessing to have such wonderful memories and to be able to spend Christmas with family. Thank-you so much for sharing this story.
    God Bless,

  8. Sounds like you have a wonderful family tradition at Christmas ~

  9. I always love to hear how others celebrate Christmas! Yours sound wonderful. When I was a kid we use to put on a show for all the adults too. What fun we had. The Psalm is a favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing this. Blessings to you, Debbie

  10. Great family tradition for Christmas...My husband is like a child when it comes to Christmas. Thanks for this post. robin

  11. Christmas and family to me just go together. My heart goes out to those who don't have a close family to share Christmas with.

  12. We also enjoy spending time with our extended family during Christmastime. Thanks for sharing your warm Christmas memories with us.

  13. That truly is a Blessing & a wonderful Christmas Memory.
    ~Myrna Lee

  14. For a family to gather, to sing carols, and to read Luke 2 is Christmas at its Best. Have a happy Sunday.

  15. Your touching post makes me homesick for my own children scattered across the Midwest. It also brings back memories of my childhood ~ Bless you this day.

  16. Christmas.... we also sing carols and read the Christmas story on Christmas Day, or whenever we choose to open up our presents. Jesus Christ--the greatest GIFT of all!

    Thanks for sharing.

  17. Thank you Sandy..for sharing the scripture and the traditions. I wish I could play the piano so we could all sing carols. Maybe I will make mom do it this year. She can play a little bit..

    Have a great week!

  18. You have wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing these with us. It makes me sad that so little is made of Christmas now and some are even trying to do away with it. Keep the traditions going and most of all keep Christ at the center of it all.

  19. Sandy, your Christmas traditions are wonderful. We have some in or family, too, and they are my favorite memories and moments of great delight to my soul. The verses in Psalms are powerful words for us to heed regarding our children...we must teach them about the Lord. In the world we're living in, we have to be a beacon of light...things are so fuzzy for our kids, they will have only us, within the family unit, to keep them stong and holy. God bless you!


  20. What wonderful memories you have! Thank you for sharing them with us. We also read from Luke 2 every Christmas morning. It has been one of our traditions in our home. Have a wonderful sunday.


  21. Sounds wonderful! What great memories you have.

  22. Thank you for sharing this touching post!