by Jonathan McLeod

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How Should We Celebrate Christmas? (4 of 4)
Series: The Birth of Christ
Jonathan McLeod
Luke 2:9-20

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made know to us." And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heart it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.


Every family has its own Christmas traditions. When I was a kid, every Christmas Eve we'd go to our church's Christmas Eve service and then take a drive to look at the neighborhood Christmas lights. Before we went to bed, we'd eat chips and dip and watch a Christmas movie.

Around the world, there are many unusual Christmas traditions.

• In Caracus, Venezuela, it is customary to travel to Christmas church services on roller skates.
• In Italy, a witch named Befana hands out presents to children at Christmas.
• In Germany, children leave a boot or shoe outside their bedroom door on Dec. 5. If they have been good, a tree branch covered in goodies will be their reward. If they have misbehaved, they will find only a branch.
• In Norway, it is said that Christmas Eve coincides with the arrive of evil spirits and witches, so households hide all of their brooms before they go to sleep.
• In Portugal, during the traditional Christmas feast, families will sometimes set extra places at the dinner table for deceased relatives.
• In Japan, the traditional Christmas dinner for many is Kentucky Fried Chicken.

There are many ways to celebrate Christmas. In Luke 2:15-20, we discover how the original Christmas was celebrated.


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