The last few days I've shared some of my personal favorite Christmas traditions from growing up. I have to be honest with you, while they are really fun to look back on now, and we were "repurposing" long before it was the "hip" thing to do...most of our traditions were a result of necessity. We didn't usually have extra money for fancy wrapping paper or more gifts. By sending us on a scavenger hunt, the gift unwrapping experience took longer, making it seem like we got more than we actually did. I remember at the time, wishing for more gifts, wishing that we could afford new wrapping paper. Now I think, how would my memories of our traditions differ.
Would those be traditions?
And without those traditions, I wouldn't be able to make a brown paper bag look GOOD on a box! Enjoy today with whatever traditions you will share with your family. And remember, the best gift was presented to us, out of necessity, in a repurposed manger.
Happy Birthday Jesus!