One of my favorite Christmas memories happened one year as a result of a family tradition. Each year my mother withholds baby Jesus from her nativity set until Christmas Morning. One year, when her firstborn grandson was about three years of age, he asked her, “Grandmamma, where is baby Jesus?”
“He’s not been born yet. She explained to Patrick. “Jesus comes on Christmas Day. Then, you’ll find Him lying right here,” she added while pointing to the manger.
Like years past, Christmas came. Mom and Dad’s house was full of excitement as each family member arrived with their arms full of presents. We expected to exchange gifts and enjoy a time for food, fun, and celebration. Patrick expected something different. He came running into the house shouting, “Is He here, yet? Is He here? Has Jesus come?”
Mother took Patrick over to the nativity and there, cradled in the manger, was baby Jesus. He had come just as she had promised.
At the age of three, Patrick taught me to anticipate the Presence of Christ during Christmas—while I shop, decorate, wrap, bake and worship.
Christ’s presence may go unnoticed by the world, but for me, along with heaven, a few shepherds, three wise men, and others who have made room in their hearts, can experience all the glorious wonder that He brings when taking time to acknowledge His Presence.
If you haven’t stopped by dear friend, Karen Ehman’s blog for her 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, don’t wait another minute!!
Today on her blog I’m giveaway, “25 Days, 26 Ways to Make This Your Best Christmas Ever,” by Ace Collins. Plus, a cute green and orange tote for you!
So hope on over to Karen’s blog!
Wishing you a blessed Christmas Season!