Christmas Eve is one of my favorite nights of the year. As a child we would visit Grandma Freda’s home and celebrate with Aunts, Uncles and cousins.
At some point we started our own tradition of reading the Christmas Story, sharing Communion and opening our immediate family’s presents that same night. When grandmother died and the kids moved to far-off locations the Christmas Eve faded.
When I served in the church, it wasn’t possible to celebrate our family’s Christmas on that night. Responsibilities of Christmas Eve services kept me at the church until after midnight for many years.
But in the past dozen years or so, we’ve returned to the Eve celebration. We visit church, sing the songs, light the candles and return home for a nice dinner together and the opening of some presents.
Our gifts have become more simple but the meaning of the night, the love shared by family and the lights of the tree make for a beautiful, silent night.
May you and your family enjoy the beauty of this season and the joy that comes from the greatest gift of all.