The Holiday Season
I love the season that starts with Thanksgiving and goes through New Year’s Day. Each of the holidays is special to me.
Thanksgiving Day at our house is truly a time to stop and remember all the ways the Lord has blessed us. A tradition I started several years ago was for each family member to write what they are thankful for in a journal that we keep from year to year. We even include the ones too young to write. Their page contains a drawing. Each one is so happy when he or she finally learns to write.
And I love Christmas most of all. In addition to decorating almost every room for Christmas, I put Christmas CDs in our player and fill our house with carols, both traditional and new, until after New Year’s Day. I love the Christmas songs and want to play them as long as I can. I’ve collected a large selection of CDs by Christian artists. We also share the real meaning of Christmas by reading the story of the first Christmas from both the book of Luke and the book of Matthew.
A fitting ending to the holiday season is taking the time to look forward to what God has in store for us in the new year. A dear friend of mine is a missionary. She and I both spend December asking God what His word for us is for the new year. It has been an interesting journey to see how much our individual words are the same or interweave to help us understand His great plan for us.
Lena Nelson Dooley is a multi-published, multi-award-winning author. Her latest series is McKenna’s Daughters. You can find Maggie’s Journey, Mary’s Blessing, and Catherine’s Pursuit at your neighborhood Christian bookstore.