Happy Thanksgiving / Merry Christmas

We are entering my favorite time of year. Since 2015 I have been enrolled in college / seminary at Liberty University, so not only is this the Thanksgiving / Christmas time of year for me, it also ends the fall semester and I go on a long winter break form school. Lord, willing I will complete my M-Div in Biblical Studies this summer. A quick word of advice to the younger generation, get you college education early in life if you can, I wish I had done all of this twenty-five years ago.

I love this time of year. The weather gets cooler (my A/C gets a break), there is a buzz in the air about Christmas and Thanksgiving gives my family a chance to get together and enjoy the day. Yes, it can get hectic, but I love seeing the smiles on their faces and the groans from eating to much a few hours later. We have a tradition around my house that involves baking cinnamon rolls and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and while over the years that has evolved into just me and my wife, it still makes us smile because our children are carrying on that tradition. Macy’s has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and it is this parade that “escorts” Christmas into our home. I hope you have some fond Thanksgiving traditions that you still do that always make you smile.

Christmas brings great joy to me, especially with a three-year old grandson. This year he is going to help me decorate the house with lights and inflatables. I cannot wait for him to help me! We get to talk about Christmas and what it means as we put up the nativity scene and how it is the time of year we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Connor (my grandson) loves to ask questions and I am thrilled to answer them in a way a three-year old can understand. Yes, we also talk about Santa Claus, elves, reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and everything else he wants to talk about. The beauty in all this is the joy I see in him when we talk about all these parts of Christmas. The angels told the shepherds, “I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people” (Luke 2:10, NKJV).

That is what I do during this holiday season. I try to bring good tidings of great joy to everyone I encounter. I invite you to join me in doing the same to everyone you meet. As the classic Burl Ives song says:

Have a holly, jolly Christmas

It’s the best time of the year

I don’t know if there’ll be snow

But have a cup of cheer

Have a holly, jolly Christmas

And when you walk down the street

Say hello to friends you know

And everyone you meet.

 

God Bless you all and from my family to yours….Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

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