Written by Bill Crisp

Christmas is by far my favorite time of the year! I have so many memories as a kid, however, Christmas continues to change as I get older.

As a kid, I looked forward to collecting milk jugs with dad so we could light up the driveway on Christmas Eve, driving around the neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights to see which house had the best display, and of course spending time with mom getting ready for the big man to come down the chimney with all the toys!

As an adult, I still enjoy collecting milk jugs with my kids and looking at Christmas lights, however, now I also look forward to the opportunity of giving back to the community. I enjoy helping those that truly are in need, especially during this time of year. I do not seek credit or announce the things I do for others, as mentioned in Matthew 6:2, instead I bow my head and thank Jesus for the ability to help others.

Another memory that stands out in my mind is listening to Christmas music. My mom and I would turn on the Christmas music even before Thanksgiving, sitting around the kitchen table singing and planning out the fun Christmas month ahead.

As an adult, I still enjoy listening to Christmas music, but my selection of music has changed a bit. My favorite song as a kid was the 12 Days of Christmas by the Muppets. These days, I can listen to Silent Night over and over without it ever getting old, while thinking about a favorite passage from the bible related to Silent Night… “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:14

Finally, decorating for Christmas as a kid was one of my favorite things to do to get into the spirit of Christmas, and still is today as an adult. My favorite decoration of all times is of course, the Nativity.

As a kid, my mom bought me my first kids plastic nativity set that I could setup in my room and on occasion play with when she wasn’t around. Year after year, that was the first decoration that went up.

Today, the Nativity is still my favorite decoration and every couple of years I try to upgrade my set to a larger one that my entire family can enjoy each Christmas. That could mean only one thing, it won’t be long now before Jesus was born… “And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn”. Luke 2:7

I cherish all these Christmas memories and look forward to creating more with my family over the years. Merry Christmas!

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