Christmas is celebrated around the world. And around the world, believers celebrate Jesus’ birth and remember that God is with us. It is a time of loving, giving and sharing with our families and memory making. In the Jones family, we have many Christmas remembrances and the picture above I snapped was one of them. My Man of God was sitting with Bible in hand ready to read Luke’s account of the Savior’s birth. The children, as they always did, wished that the preliminary priorities would fast forward, so they could open their presents. But in our house, the Christmas festivities of gift opening had a prescribed order as ordered by the husband and father, Robert E. Jones, I. And it always began with the Word.
Read along as I share a Christmas text that my Trusted Assistant, my oldest, Necole sent last Christmas about her memories.
Merry Christmas to All.
Back in the day...Daddy would get the dining room chairs out for him and Mama, the rest would gather on the floor around the tree. The Christmas Bible story would be read, and then Daddy would systematically disperse the gifts. But of course, we had to wait before each gift was opened individually by the previous person before we could move on.
Daddy was the supervisor of trash for Christmas Day. With the big black garbage bag in tow, he would crush all the boxes and collect the discarded wrappings.
But as we closed out our Christmas traditions, there would always be a gift or two left. But Daddy knew who those were absolutely for...they were his gifts that he had gotten for himself and had wrapped just so he could unwrap them.
We are here today with sooooo many gifts that Our Father in Heaven has gotten for us just to unwrap for ourselves. Thank you, Father, for the Blessings.
Make Christmas memories this year with your families and begin it with the Word. Begin with the Word about this child born, this son given. Begin with the Word about this Wonderful, this Counsellor, this mighty God, this everlasting Father, this Prince of Peace. The children may not understand the significance now but just like Necole, they will capture these events in their hearts for generations to come.
From Harriet Noel Jones and Always a First Lady, Merry Christmas to you all.
Harriet Noel Jones