Christmas in Our Hearts

by Betty Owens

The wonderful thing about Christmas is…it’s the only one. (Adapted from the Tigger song).

Yes, there’s only one Christmas, and it comes once a year. I hear some of you shouting, “hallelujah!”

For many of us, the hectic Christmas season can be overwhelming, especially lately, when it seems to last the entire final quarter of the year. However, it’s still a magical, joyous time.

Christmas is one of those seasons that’s new every year–no matter how many traditions you carry over from previous years, there’s always something that’s new and precious.I tend to associate memories with sounds and aromas. Sounds, like the bells of a nearby church tolling seasonal tunes, send me back to my childhood home in San Diego, near the mission at Balboa. Aromas, like molasses cookies baking in the oven, mixed with the fresh scent of pine from the Christmas tree remind me of home. With the visual of old-fashioned Christmas bulbs reflected off shiny glass ornaments—I can almost hear the crackle of excitement in the air, as memories come rushing in.

I didn’t grow up in an overly religious home, so I didn’t always associate Christmas with church services and worship. But, we sang the beautiful carols and hymns I came to love and cherish. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Angels We Have Heard on High, O Come All Ye Faithful, are a few of my favorites.

As a young teen, after I accepted a friend’s invitation to join her church’s Christmas choir, I was hooked. Something began to change in my heart, making room for the Savior, and the story of His birth.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.~John 1:14 NIV

Christmas took on a new and special meaning, so much deeper and more satisfying than the beloved fairy tale story of St. Nicholas. [Click to tweet]

We’ve had some wonderful posts this December, as our crew members have shared their hearts and warmed ours with beautiful moments, and priceless memories. Taken as a whole, these messages combine to relate the true meaning behind Christmas, and confirm our beliefs in the One born on that first Christmas Eve. I’ve linked them here, if you’d like to re-read them.

December: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Micki Clark’s Christmas Traditions

A Glimpse of Christ

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas; The Reason for the Season

‘Twas the Night before Christmas

What Christmas Means to Me

Now, it’s your turn. What’s your all-time favorite Christmas memory or tradition? What sets your heart aglow as the day approaches? We welcome you to join the conversation. You’re the reason we write, and we love to hear from you.

From our homes to yours, may you have a wonderful, blessed holiday season!

The Writing Prompts Crew

8 thoughts on “Christmas in Our Hearts

  1. I love Christmas. Love being with family and friends, attending candlelight service on Christmas Eve and sharing about the birth of Jesus. Each Christmas has it’s own special memories. This year will be especially blessed because our first grand baby arrived this year, in July. He will be 5 months old on Dec. 24th. We are so excited to share Christmas with him. 🙂 Merry Christmas!!

  2. I have 2 favorite traditions. One is our homemade wooden Christmas calendar that we open each day of December, reading the story of Jesus’ birth. Another is our Christmas Even candlelight service, where we also take communion to remember that Jesus was born to die, but he arose from the dead and now intercedes for us in heaven. Merry Christmas!!!

  3. Every Christmas Eve, family and friends gather at our home for a themed meal (this year is Italian), Santa swap (another theme; this year is practical gifts, last year was ‘as seen on TV’), and fun. We talk, laugh, and enjoy the company of our regular attendees and usually a few new ones each year. ☺

  4. What a wonderful testimony! I love the wonder and mystery of a candlelight Christmas service. Carols sung in the semidarkness always remind me of what a glorious thing it is to celebrate the Lord come to live among us.

  5. That sounds like fun, Jennifer. That’s part of what Christmas is all about–enjoying company and celebrating being together.

  6. Thanks, Chloe, I agree–the candlelight Christmas services are a great way to celebrate and remember the coming of Christ. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful Christmas.

  7. There is nothing more special than spending Christmas with that very first grandchild, even when they’re too young to appreciate it. Thanks for your comment and shared memories. And have a wonderful, blessed Christmas with that new baby! 🙂

  8. I love those traditions. Those are what make holidays truly special. Thanks, and Merry Christmas to you and your family, as well!

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