Today is the most special day of the year. I’m sure you have your family traditions, without which Christmas would not be Christmas: big family breakfast, opening the stockings, reading the Christmas Story, and opening your presents. Then you save the best for last, as you gather the family around the tree to read this daily column. No Christmas would be complete without it.
So let’s talk about tradition. When I was a child, mom made bacon-wrapped scallops for Christmas Day. (What says Christmas like scallops?) Then we would open our stuff. Dad would put our toys together, and we’d play the rest of the day. I’ll never forget the Christmas when my brother and I played tennis all afternoon, with our new Wilson T-2000 aluminum rackets.
Let me suggest another tradition. Pray. That’s it. Pray. Take just ten minutes sometime today, and pray. Tell God you are grateful for the gift of his son. Pray. Rejoice in the blessings you enjoy. Pray. Confess your sins. Pray. Commit your heart, your life, yourself to the Christmas Child. Pray.
“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2).