Since relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, we like to keep the celebration simple around our home. Our extended families are located 1200 miles due north, and so for the most part we do not experience the rush and flurry of family visits and gatherings. But we have started a few new traditions of our own.
By far the most favorite is “Elf on a Shelf.” Our girls awake each morning and scurry through the house to find out what our own real North Pole Elf has been up to in the night — after making her report to Santa of course! One morning she could be hiding the Christmas tree, the next she could be perched on the fireside banjo that sits atop the mantel, or peaking from the top of one of the girls Christmas stockings. It brings a little fun and magic into the celebrations!
However, throughout the Christmas preparations and celebration, we remind our children of why we celebrate in the first place — the birth of the Christ Child Jesus. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. God so loved each and everyone of us that He sent His only son to Earth. This baby we so readily accept on Christmas would later in life be rejected, nailed to a cross and crucified for our sins. But in a few months another celebration awaits — Easter! On the third day He rose!
As we all prepare for Christmas — we’ve made room for you on our Front Porch so we can share with you the real meaning of the season. Tune-in! And have yourselves a bluegrass Christmas!