We're getting closer! The season we long await will be upon us shortly. How do you mark the twelve joyful days of the Christmas season?
For me, I'm thinking of apples this year. We live in Michigan where the apple crop is an important part of the economy and extra delicous. When I was a school teacher I often received apple ornaments to hang on our family tree. Today I think an apple is lovely hung on a tree or present in Christmas decorations to remind us of Adam and Eve. It is a visual reminder of the connection between the tree of knowledge and the tree of the cross.
But there are twelve days! What else? We've been blogging for ten years so we dug into our past posts to find ...
A Christmas craft here.
Tidbits about nativities we display here.
A reason for Christmas bells here.
A recipe here.
Additionally how about sharing scripture readings, stories or poetry. We so rarely take the time outside of worship to read aloud to each other. Here is a prayer/poem that I am drawn to right now:
Welcome, welcome, Jesus Christ our infant savior,
baby who makes every birth holy.
May we, who like the shepherds
have witnessed in the stable a new kind of love,
return to our work with joy.
May we, for whom the heavens have opened
to proclaim that God is with us,
we who have fed on living bread
and drunk the wine of heaven,
go out to be instruments of your peace, day by day.
A New Zealand Prayer Book
May your Christmas celebration be joyful!