Ok, so missed yesterday, but I was having fun babysitting for a friend. 🙂 You’ll forgive me, right?
In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
“This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”
So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.
When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.
And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.
The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.
The excitement of Christmas is ever growing in our home. Trying to harness the excitement and keep it focused on the reason for the holiday is getting more difficult, but still, it’s lots of fun around here.
The children will check the countdown ornament several times a day, just to see how much closer Christmas morning is.
I love it!
Tonight I want to share with you a new tradition we’ve started this year. I finally bought a nativity for our family.
Notice anything missing? So did my children. It took only seconds before I got “Mommy, where’s baby Jesus?”
I want my children to know that we celebrate Christmas because God gave us a Savior in Christ. Our very first gift!
This is the first present to open on Christmas morning. Can you guess what is inside? 🙂
I’m praying this will teach them to find excitement in the expectation of Christ.