Continuing the series, “A Few Of My Favorite Things” this month proves to be the perfect opportunity to share a few of my favorite Christmas things. So here they are (in no particular order):
A Christmas Story. Yes, that is correct!! This is my favorite Christmas movie. I’m a sucker for all Christmas movies and love sitting with my kids and watching them throughout the whole month of December. But THIS movie is the one I force my family to endure for 24 hours straight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (with a short intermission for the Christmas parades). It’s tradition!
Christmas lights. I love Christmas lights. When I was younger my parents would put the three of us into the car and drive us downtown where we would meander through the neighborhood streets looking at the lights and the luminarias (brown paper bags filled with sand and a lit candle). Nothing says Christmas like thousands of twinkling lights filling the night air.
After fogging up the windows in the car staring at all of the pretty lights my parents would then drive to my Grandparents house (my father’s parents) where we would join the rest of the family for a traditional meal of tamales and posole. The cornhusk wrapped masa with shredded pork and red chile is just what this Southern New Mexico girl misses this time of the year.
And finally, my favorite thing about Christmas is Christ. In the midst of all the hub-bub, materialism, and commercialization of the season, I love remembering the little babe in a manger. Just taking a moment to visualize this scene makes you slow down. Stop. Try it. Right now. Yes, really. Close your eyes and imagine it. You can smell the damp hay. In the background you hear the sheep and cows shifting nervously at the new guests sharing their home. You step cautiously through the open door and you see them. A father staring breathlessly at his wife and new son. A mother gazing adoringly at the precious bundle of life sitting in her arms. And a warm light, brightly shines upon the face of a small baby. A baby who stirs quietly in his mother’s arms. There He is. Your Savior. My Savior. The world’s Savior-born in a manger. Yes, Jesus is the reason for the season and I pray you and yours will be abundantly blessed.
Just like for October this is the month for my “A Few Of My Favorite Things” giveaway. Leave a comment about what your favorite Christmas things are and be entered for a chance to win a gift card.
And check out a fellow blogger/traveler at http://www.pensonaworldmap.com to check out my guest article about Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany and to check out a few of her favorite things. Happy Reading.