At Christmas we have lots of traditions like most families. We watch the same movies, eat the same foods, etc. However, my favorite tradition is on Christmas Eve when we sit down to eat French Onion soup. Then we each write ourselves a short private letter sharing what we would like our life to look like by the following Christmas. Mostly we write what we would like God to work in us the next year. Then we seal it up in an envelope. As the mom, I collect each sealed letter and put it in a drawer. Then we all go on to a Christmas Eve service. The following year, I pull out the letters and pass them out for each of us to read what we wrote. Some people share what they wrote and others don't. But the sharing time is an opening to grow a little closer together as a family and to give a glimpse into each other's hearts. Usually the experience is that we've made progress in the area we wrote about , but so far it seems like we haven't made as much progress as we would like :). It may be because we forget what we wrote. Perhaps this year I will encourage us all to think of a way to remind ourselves about our desires so perhaps we can pray about it more... Who knows?!?!
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