On Christmas Eve, Leigh-Ann and I and the five kids celebrated the birth of Jesus with a few of our own traditions.
We fired up the fondue pot, along with some of our favorite sides and enjoyed a great meal. We were especially grateful that everyone stayed healthy which is no small achievement when you consider five kids ages 3-14 cooking meat on a fondue fork in boiling broth fueled by an open flame.
Afterwards, we opened some of our gifts.
The kids even surprised us with gifts…including a new wallet for me…I’m thinking they want me to have a nice holder for all the money they will need in the years to come :).
We ended the night by watching “The Nativity.” The reality of Jesus’ birth puts our holiday into perspective.
- Rome was overbearing and King Herod was downright evil.
- Mary was so young and Joseph was so average.
- The unexpected pregnancy created quite the stir.
- The one hundred mile journey to Bethlehem was difficult.
- The birthplace for Jesus was humble…embarrassingly humble for the Creator of the world.
- Life was incredibly hard…no running water, electricity, decent transportation or direct long distance communication.
The movie was a great reminder that when we strip away the things that can be bought and the entertainment that can be enjoyed, people who have lived from the first century to the twenty-first century are still wired the same way.
The only way for us to find fulfillment and purpose is to start at the humble manger and end with the empty tomb.
Jesus came to bring hope to the world.
As we prepare to take down the Christmas tree and pack up the fondue pot for another year, I am so grateful that the story of Jesus’ birth is meant to be an integral part of our lives forever.