Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

"The Nativity"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and spend time with family.  This year is the second year without my parents.  For some reason, it's been a more difficult season.

However, when I look back, I can see many reasons why it would be.  Just not one specific.  My parents, while keeping foremost the birth of Christ at Christmas always had fun with buying presents, decorating the house, surprising us with things we wanted, delicious Christmas dinners, baking chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies, giving gifts to their friends, watching Christmas TV specials like "Charlie Brown" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and plenty of music.  Since my father was a Minister of Music, there was always music around the house.

This season, my wife and I watched "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" and memories just flooded my mind.  When I was a kid, my brother and I would search the TV Guide when it arrived in Sunday's newspaper for all the Christmas specials for the following week.   When we found something, we'd circle it so it wasn't missed.

On the night of the show, the family gathered in front of the TV to watch the Christmas special with "Charlie Brown Christmas" being the favorite- at least mine.  Before the show, we gathered our snacks, we got our favorite spot in front of the TV and didn't move until the show was over.
Used by Permission, Clipartion

There were plenty of Christmases when my brother and I would wake up at the crack of early darkness and go wake our parents so we could open presents. We weren't allowed to go down until they were ready.  Never understood why until later when they said the excitement of seeing us go downstairs was special to them.

One Christmas, my father stayed up until 3 or 4 a.m. putting together bicycles for my brother and I only to be awakened within an hour to get up for Christmas.  A story he never let us forget!

With all the memories, the Birth of Christ was first and foremost.  My parents lived the Christian life they believed and served Him in a local church for as long as I can remember.

My father and I would spend hours preparing music for Christmas Sunday in celebration of the birth of Christ.  The music was hard and often frustrating so I would start practicing as early as September.  There were many Christmas Cantatas, choir specials and too many solos by my father to remember.

"For to us a child is born, 
to us a son is given; 
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace."
 - Isaiah 9:6

As you celebrate Christmas, be sure to enjoy the day, enjoy the friends and family, even the ones who drive you nuts, as it will be part of your Christmas memories to come.

Merry Christmas!
"Christmas Red Poinsettias"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved