I know, the holidays are over. Because of my schedule and the changes that are going on in my family’s life over the past month since I was told that I had to find new employment, I’ve been a pretty delinquent blogger. That couldn’t stop me, however, from noticing this great post by Christa Taylor at Empowered Traditionalist, and from wanting to take part.
So, pardon my lateness.
1. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you since last Christmas?
I lost my job. No, seriously. I was able to see God work in a way that I had wanted to for the past year since I started reading Experiencing God. God directed the whole thing to take me to a new place, to work on new skills, and to see my family grow in a relationship with Him. I can’t thank Him enough.
2. What was your best Christmas ever? Why?
Tough question. I don’t know that I’ve ever ranked them—there are different ones that are special for different reasons, but I don’t know that I have a “best Christmas.”
3. What’s the most meaningful Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
I know what one I remember the most—the time when my Grandparents gave me a backpack and I thought it was clothing and reacted with the typical “Ugh! Clothes!” As it was, I really wanted a backpack, and when I found out what it was it was still hard to overcome my initial reaction to have my Grandparents believe me.
4. What was the most appreciated Christmas gift you’ve ever given?
Don’t know, though this Christmas I was just giving my brother money to help out his surprise trip with his wife to NYC, and I hid the money, folded up, in a box full of Styrofoam peanuts and he thought there was nothing in there. Between him not knowing what it was, my kids having fun with the peanuts, and his wife laughing, they said it was the greatest gag-gift ever.
5. What was your favorite Christmas tradition as a child?
Making Christmas cookies.
6. What is your favorite Christmas tradition now?
Eating Christmas cookies.
7. What do you do to try to keep Christ in Christmas?
This year we went through the Christmas story in devotions, the kids were involved in the church’s Christmas play, and we talked about it at different times during the whole season. We knew it was getting through when our oldest (6) was evangelizing his cousins at the family get together!
8. Why do you think people started celebrating the birth of Jesus?
Without cheating? Because I believe we celebrate all sorts of birthdays, and Jesus’ birth was special—just as was his whole life.
9. Do you think the birth of Jesus deserves such a nearly worldwide celebration?
10. Why do you think Jesus came to earth?
He came to die on the cross to be the substitute for us—He came in my place.