I'm posting this a little early so I can be with my family this morning. As you read this, I'm probably opening presents and getting the traditional family breakfast ready. We sit the table with the fancy china, crystal glasses, candles, tablecloth and advent wreath the night before. After we open presents, we sit down to a really good breakfast of sausage-cranberry quiche, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, coffee and orange juice.
As we are waiting for the food to finish baking, my husband reads the Christmas story, the family lights our advent candles and we sing some Christmas songs. We sit around and talk and talk. It's a great time to remember why we are doing something so special on this day. When the kids were little, we sang 'happy birthday, baby Jesus'. Oftentimes, we had a special cake for dessert. Now, we talk about how blessed we are and how much we take for granted.
I truly believe that within my lifetime I will see Christians in the United States being persecuted for our beliefs. We are already beginning to see the tide turn from not being a Christian nation, even our president has said so. This makes me very sad. God has blessed this country for many years and yet we are not willing to even acknowledge His presence.
For today, I will celebrate Christ's birth with my husband and children. I will celebrate being able to openly worship the God I serve. I am truly blessed.