No tree,no gifts save the Gifts of the Magi. Nothing but the focus of a Savior newly born. When my children were growing up, we would read Luke 2:1-21 on Christmas Eve before opening presents. It was our tradition to open presents on the Eve because Christmas Day was spent traveling to the grandma and grandpa's houses.
We also sang Christmas Carols and basked in the warmth of their joyous words. I really think that is how I first knew there was a God and His Son, learning to sing Carols from the time I could speak and sing.
TODAY: The birthplace of Jesus is on the endangered list by UNESCO as the warring factions are threatening the Holy City just as it was in Jesus' time. How terribly sad.
This is the preserved place in Bethlehem reported to be the site of Jesus' birth.
This is my neighbor's Nativity Scene with near life-size figures. Every year he faithfully puts up the manger and places the figures lovingly in remembrance of the Holy Birth. It is lit with a flood lamp at night. A lovely visual remembrance of our Lord's birth.
Blessed Christmas to you all and may you all honor the Holy Birth by never losing sight of the Stable. ♥
♫♫O' Little Town of Bethlehem.....♫♫
My Christian Heart to yours....