J and I helped to decorate my parent's Christmas tree on Sunday afternoon and we listened to Christmas CDs like we always do.
This tree is taken from the bottom of my parent's block of land. We've been using a 'home grown' Christmas tree for many years now. Dad said that this tree was one year's worth of growth, and it still almost reaches the ceiling!
It was fun to see a lot of our old decorations, particularly the ones that my sister or I made as kids. Here's a few:
J and I were both spoilt this Chritmas but we were reminded of the greatest gift of all and the reason that we gather and celebrate this day. The gift of Jesus to take away our sins is the greatest gift of all.
The way God gave this gift to the world was so unexpected. Jesus came into the world in humble and scandalous circumstances; he was born as a helpless baby to an unmarried girl in a lowly stable. He didn't come with power and might as many would have expected. Yet this baby would grow up to be the one who took the sins of the world upon himself so that we who trust and believe in him could be right before God. Jesus and what he accomplished really is the greatest gift of all. This is why we celebrate Christmas day.