The peace I felt that Christmas convinced me that I was onto something great. For a while we alternated not having a tree and having one according to whether we had a toddler or not. I noticed during the years we had a tree that the manger with Jesus in it was pushed to the back and the children were much more me-centered and contentious. During the years we had only the manger the children were sweeter and more service minded. Finally one year we had a tree and the fighting during just the decorating of it was more than I could tolerate so I decided to forego trees in the future.
Now don't get me wrong, I love Christmas trees, but in our home it caused contention and I realized that after I had spent so much time pondering and then getting my answer that I should follow what was personal revelation for our family. As much as I love Christmas trees I can do without them; I can't do without my manger and baby Jesus.
I truly love my Savior and am so grateful for his condescension in coming to earth. Seeing the sweet baby in the manger reminds me of several truths:
- I must humble myself as a little child to enter the kingdom of heaven.
- When I give a gift it is as if I'm giving to Jesus
- He sees me at all times
- He lived a mortal life and knows my pains and sorrows, along with my joys and triumphs
So, however it is that you celebrate, I hope you'll keep Jesus at the center of your heart if not your room too.
|Our sweet baby Jesus|
|Nativity Tree Skirt|
|Some of our homemade, handmade ornaments|
|The whole picture|
Happy Birthday Jesus!