Merry Christmas! This is my favorite time of year. Family, friends, parties, cool music, intimate worship experiences and don't forget the food! Everyone's family has their own particular traditions around this time of year. Some of these traditions go back generations while others are relatively new. One of our traditions is "Pizza at Christmas"! I know your trying to figure out "Why, Pizza?" Let me explain, we were starting a church and we were broker than the 10 commandments and could not afford some big fancy christmas dinner. Besides, who wants to really do turkey and ham in a sunday school room. It just so happened that Domino's Pizza was running a special holiday coupon, so we had 2 pizzas delivered, followed by unwrapping the presents. It was so fun we did it the next year....and now almost 16 years later we still do "Christmas Pizza".
Another annual event is the "cutting of the tree". Every year the 4 of us load up in the truck and head to Slough-house. There is a huge ranch there that allows you to come cut your own tree. This is one of the greatest family moments of our year. We wind up playing hide & seek in the woods, and then running like crazy people back to the truck before we even think about picking a Christmas tree! When we finally settle down and pick the tree, we cut it down, load it up and then the party really begins....it is time to decorate the tree and everyone knows you cannot decorate a tree without christmas music and something sweet to eat.
These are the moments that families cherish forever. The gifts will be forgotten but the memories will live forever. Maybe you are just starting a family, or maybe you have never thought to take the time to create some of these special moments. Start this year. Do not wait another year. It doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Get your spouse, your kids or someone you love and create a moment that is free from everything except love for one another and let it become a tradition!
(If you don't believe in Christmas trees, ...uuuh, don't read the 2nd half of this post. Just eat pizza!)
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