It is Christmas Eve. What does it mean for you? I have been talking to people about what Christmas Eve means for them. It is Christmas Eve morning as I sit by the Christmas tree with a large cup of coffee and Christmas Carols on the radio.
To me it means waiting for the big event, Christmas Eve services at church, the singing, the candles, the readings, it is the night of my Saviors birth! It means the world is new again. I live in a snowy climate and a fresh dusting on the ground is always a welcome sight. Christmas Eve also means the shopping is finished and the wrapping has yet to begin, a tradition in my family where I used to hide everything in the trunk of my car until the children were asleep.
For others I know, it means an annual Father and Daughter shopping trip that even an ocean of separation cannot keep from happening. It means baking and cooking for others, and cleaning and decorating for another. Some I know decorate or shop the day after Thanksgiving and others wait to decorate until Christmas Eve. And for some it means a day of relaxation because everything is ready as they wait with Hope, Joy, Peace and Love.
Traditions and festivities about this is what we do on Christmas Eve, but what does it mean to us? Does it mean a time of family and fun? Does it mean stress and struggle? Does it mean memories of loved ones no longer with us? Does it mean a time of Joy and a time of sorrow? Or does it mean so much more?
In the second chapter of the Book of Luke it says “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
I hope you will share what Christmas Eve means for you and to you with me but I hope most of all that you are blessed to be surrounded with the Love and Joy of the birth of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!by