Monday, December 3, 2018

Love Blooms at Christmas by Martha Rogers ends December 10th



Family Christmas Traditions



Most families have traditions handed down through the years at Christmas time. Ours is no different although some have dwindled because of our growing family and being scattered over the country.

One we still hold to doing is attending our church’s Christmas Eve Candlelight service. From the time our youngest son was two years old and the services begun at our church, we haven’t missed going. Sometimes it’s with the whole family, sometimes it’s only my husband and I who attend because the others are all across the country or have responsibilities at their own churches. This year we will attend with our middle son and his family and have Christmas together the next day.

My step-mother began a tradition when the first great-grandchildren came along. She made stockings for each grandchild and great-grandchild with their names on them. The stockings were then filled with trinkets and candy. We loved the surprises she put into each one. She passed away in 1996, and the stockings were passed on to me as the oldest. I still have them and still use them today for our family with new ones added for my great-grandchildren. My sister took the ones for her family and now does the same for them.

Because middle son was born on December 10, we began buying and decorating our tree on his birthday. We did that until he went off to college and wasn’t home until after his birthday. Now I begin decorating it the week after Thanksgiving. Here is a picture of our tree last year.



Every year since 1971, I have been a part of our church’s Christmas production that has been copied all over the country. Our choir and volunteers from our membership present a program consisting of two acts with the first act being a secular Christmas program with songs and characters of the season. The second act is the Christmas story beginning with prophecies from the Old Testament and ending with the resurrection of Jesus and ascension. This year because of health issues, I will not be able to participate. It was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made, but listened to my body and to the Lord.

One other tradition I have with my friends. Every year for the past twenty years I give a Christmas luncheon for twenty or so friends. We’ve been exchanging ornaments in a fun-filled drawing of numbers and choosing our gifts then “stealing” one if someone has one we like better. Because most of us are now in our seventies and eighties, we decided last year we didn’t need more ornaments and collected toys for a toy drive instead. Here are a few pictures from the past. Here is a picture of one of the tables I set for the luncheon. 



My Christmas release, Love Blooms at Christmas year includes a pageant put on by the children of the orphanage in the town. I used it as a way to bring my hero and heroine closer together as they worked with the children. The hero is a Bible professor at the Bible college in town, and he makes sure the whole presentation is Biblically correct including having the Magi come when Jesus is closer to two years old. It’s a part of a larger collection titled Small Town Christmas: Historical.




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QUESTION: Does your family have Christmas traditions? If so, share one with us.



Martha Rogers is a multi-published author and writes a weekly devotional for ACFW. Martha and her husband Rex live in Houston, Texas where they are active members of First Baptist Church. They are the parents of three sons and grandparents to eleven grandchildren and great-grandparents to four, soon to be five. Martha is a retired teacher with twenty-eight years teaching Home Economics and English at the secondary level and eight years at the college level supervising student teachers and teaching freshman English. She is the Director of the Texas Christian Writers Conference held in Houston in August each year, a member of ACFW, ACFW WOTS chapter in Houston, and a member of the writers’ group, Inspirational Writers Alive.
Find Martha at:  www.marthawrogers.com
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13 comments:

  1. My grandparents always gave us a stocking filled with goodies every christmas.

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    1. My maternal grandmother, Mimi, did that for us, and my step-mother carried it on. I always loved the surprises she'd put in them. Thanks for stopping by

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  2. We do - we read the Luke account of the Christmas story usually after attending the Christmas Eve program at church. This year I will once again have the opportunity to be involved in the music, and I am certinaly looking forward to that!

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    1. Oh, I loved being involved with our choir on Christmas Eve. You have a great tradition with the telling of the Christmas story, too. Thanks for sharing

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  3. I love family traditions. Our family tries to gather together during Christmas time. Sometimes we are able to travel and celebrate before or after Dec. 25th. We do enjoy sharing time together and sharing meals.

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    1. As kids grow older and marry and have kids of their own and then great-grans, it's more and more difficult to get them all together. Christmas can be anytime with family in December. Have a wonderful one with your family this year.

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  4. A favorite family tradition was Christmas breakfast with a small special gift to unwrap after prayer. With our family expanding and everyone not home at breakfast we still try to do it for those there. Another family favorite was seeing our grandparents on Christmas until they went to their heavenly home. So thankful for pictures during those special moments with even some four generation ones to cherish.

    Love Blooms at Christmas will be a delightful story to read this Christmas season. Thank you for the giveaway.
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  5. I loved hearing about all of your traditions. When our children were small, Candlelight service on Christmas Eve was pretty important. Now it depends on whether we are traveling to see family, whether we go to Christmas Eve service. And now we say Christmas isn't necessarily the 25th, it's whenever we're able to gather with whichever family is free. Thanks for the giveaway. bcrug(at)twc(dot)com

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    1. I love your last statement. That's where our family is now. Thanks for sharing about your family.

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  6. Our favorite tradition is attending Christmas Eve Candlelight Service then eating finger foods, playing games, singing Christmas carols, and the kids open pjs and a movie. Merry Christmas

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    1. Sounds like my kind of evening. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. We always read the Luke Christmas story on Christmas Eve. I continue to do so although it's just me now.

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  8. Reading the story in Luke is always a great thing to do. I love to hear it and read it, too. Blessings for a wonderful Christmas.

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