A Christmas at the Martin’s:
Our Christmas celebration starts Christmas Eve, which involves all of us dressing up and heading to Ohio for a big party with my father’s extended family. Before we leave for the party there are always a few photos taken of us kids dressed up in front of the Christmas tree. The party itself is always a jolly time of hugs and kisses, cocktails, Christmas cookies, glimpses of football games, and catching up with people we see once a year. Once we get home it is usually pretty late, but we always do the gift exchange among siblings. Then sometimes some will slip off to church for the Christmas Eve service, and it is always my responsibility to make sure there are cookies and milk left out for Santa before bed.
Come Christmas morning, whichever kid is up first quietly wakes up the other two kids and we gather around a strand of sleigh bells at the top of the stairs and shake them to wake up our parents. Then we all go downstairs as a family to see all the new presents under the tree. Once the coffee is started and the dog is taken out, we commence present opening. We start with all the presents under the tree, and save our stockings for very last. Christmas breakfast always consists of cinnamon and orange rolls. Christmas afternoon is spent at Grandma’s with our cousins, aunts, and uncles. Every year the cousins exchange a movie, and after family present opening all the cousins watch it together until Christmas dinner is ready. After a delicious Christmas dinner we all begin to part ways, and that just about concludes our Christmas festivities.
I hope that all of you have a Merry Christmas, and are able to share it with people you care about.
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” - Luke 2:9-12