Wives of Faith wants to know how Christmas has changed for me as I've grown older.
As a kid, I knew about Jesus and that we celebrated Christmas because of His birth. I was even Mary once in a church Christmas program. I do think my family focused more on Santa though. Now, I'm not being ugly about saying that, but we didn't really go to church much and I don't remember any conversations or activities that revolved around Jesus.
Since becoming a Christian in my 20's, everything around Christmas has changed for me. I am more of a giver than a getter. I love to give to others and watch with excitement as they open a gift. I love watching the children, with wonder in their eyes. Just this past Sunday night, I attended a joint Christmas service with our church and the First Baptist Church. Colin was participating and the two little boys were at home. Some of our church members were sitting behind us and I had the pleasure of sitting with Millie (she is about 2. I call her Millie Vanillie). Well, she sat in my lap the entire service. Her expressions during the music, the lights, the props, oh my it was precious. She will never remember that moment, but I will never forget it. The wonder of Christmas in each finger point, each smile, each wide eyed moment.
And isn't that how we should all be....wide eyed in the wonder of Jesus. He is the greatest gift.
People are usually more caring, loving, and giving at Christmas. As I have gotten older, I have tried to live that every day, not just Christmas. Each day is a gift from the Lord and we should spend each day honoring and glorifying Him.
I am trying my best to teach my children that, really and truly, Jesus is the reason for the season. I want them to love Him the way I do. I want them to honor Him in every deed and word. What better way to start than at Christmas?
So, what about you, Dear Friend, how has Christmas changed for you as you have gotten older? I would love to hear your story. You can join me an some other amazing women at Wives of Faith today. Join in the fun. Win a prize! Today's prize is pretty awesome! Even if you are not a military spouse, I would love for you to leave a comment or a link to your blog in response to today's topic. Tomorrow will be the last chance to join in!