by Candace Joy
from Virtuous Daughters, December 2007~Volume 7, Number 9
As a family, we have some traditions that we incorporate into our Christmas celebration of Christ’s birth. I will mention a few that we do and then explain one in detail.
We read the story of Jesus’ birth, verses that prophecy about Him, and that tell how he fulfilled prophecies, as well as special stories. We do a project called “Straw in the Manger.” We enjoy listening to the godly music of the season, including carols and Handel’s “Messiah.” Also, each of us gives a special gift to one family member.
“Straw in the Manger” is the tradition that I would like to further explain. We got this idea from a story that we read in a Chicken Soup book. Here are directions so that your family can do it too.
Materials needed are: index cards, pencil, straw, and a manger (container to hold the straw).
Some ideas of special things to do for your family members are: pray especially for them, lay out their pajamas, dust their dresser.
I hope that this project will promote selflessness and draw you closer to your family this Christmas.
“even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”—Matthew 20:28
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