Christmas Memories from Watermark
- Nathan and Christy Nockels Watermark
- 2002 11 Nov
We can't think of any one Christmas that particularly stands out...but we can share some of our favorite traditions from each of our families.
Nathan and I have very different homes. He comes from a family of six children, and I only have 2 older brothers. Their Christmas was much louder than ours! One of his favorite things that his dad used to do was go get every junk food known to man. On Christmas Eve they would get large pizzas, KFC, McDonald's hamburgers, and all the candy a kid could possibly consume. This was also before everyone had VCRs, so his dad would go rent a VCR and a movie. Money was tight with six kids, so this was a huge treat!
Nathan does remember one Christmas when he was young that someone rang their doorbell on Christmas Eve and left a sack of toys on the front porch. It was a year when things were particularly hard money-wise, and it was a huge blessing to him as a child. It must have made a huge impact on him because Nathan always wants to help other families out at Christmastime.
My favorite Christmas memories consist of Christmas Eve services at our church, gathering with the family afterwards at the house and listening to the Christmas story, read by my dad. One little fun tradition we have is that my mom has baked a birthday cake for Jesus every Christmas Eve for years. It's the same cake every year, white with those little silver balls on it. (No one is sure if they are really edible.) We light candles and sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. She buys bottled cokes and makes apple cider too. We usually end up around the piano at some point, singing songs both silly and worshipful.
One year, my mother had prepared the cake and it was sitting on the dining room table waiting for us in all its glory. We decided to sing and have the Christmas story first that year in the formal living room. Our yellow Lab, Cassie, had been sitting at our feet, enjoying the festivities, but someone noticed she wasn't in the room after the fourth verse of "Silent Night". Something wasn't quite right...she was always in where all the action was. Not this Christmas Eve...Cassie was chowing down on Jesus' birthday cake! She had eaten the whole side out of the cake by the time we got to her! We all laughed hysterically!
Christmas gets more exciting each year as more and more children come into our family...much louder too! If there's one thing we want our children to learn about Christmas...it's the spirit of giving and having a grateful heart for all that God has given us! Especially the greatest gift of all...Jesus. The true meaning of giving gifts is celebrating the gift God gave, his precious, only Son. We know this coming Christmas will be one that we will never forget as we welcome our second born--but first daughter--into the world. May the memories keep coming and may our hearts stay grateful to God for all He has done!
Blessings this Christmas!!