Christmas Traditions: Honoring Others with the Underwood Family

This week at Real Life, I’m hosting a week of Christmas Traditions, shared by guest bloggers! I am so excited to hear about other families’ traditions, and take a peek inside their holiday! Today, we have Teri Lynn, from Pleasing to You (@TeriLynneU on twitter)

Christmas around Chez Underwood is a busy time … Nutcracker, church musical, parties, baking, caroling, shopping, wrapping, decorating … and we love every minute of it all.

However, one particular activity we do carries with it a special meaning and significance. It’s a Christmas Eve tradition for us … and it’s something that we all cherish.

On Christmas Eve morning we visit the members of our church who are homebound and in nursing homes. We take baskets with us with cards made by the children at church, fresh fruit, homemade pound cake, candy, word search books, and tissues. We tell them how much they are loved and how special they are. We give hugs and we listen to stories of Christmases gone by. They comment on how much Casiday has grown since last year and we agree that time is going by too quickly.

And then, before we leave, even before we pray with them, my husband pulls out a beautiful wooden box. From the box, he gently lifts out a small black Bible and a plastic-wrapped package. I open the package and carefully give its contents to our dear senior saint … a small cup of grape juice and a wafer.

Scott opens the Bible and reads the familiar words,

And when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way {He took} the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink {it,} in remembrance of Me.” ~ 1 Corinthians 11:24 – 25, NASB

And in that moment, that holy moment … the aches and pains, the loneliness and heartbreak … all is forgotten. As if time has been suspended, we join together in worship, in communion, in fellowship.

Without fail, when I look up after the final prayer has been uttered by my husband, I see glistening eyes.

We gather our coats and give one more hug. A lingering hug … for the time we’ve shared has been precious and holy. We know we must go … others are waiting expectantly for our arrival.

Climbing into our car, we are quiet … thoughtful. And we know that Christmas is not about the gifts under the tree … but the gift of Christ on the Cross. We spend the morning visiting the widows, the lonely, the forgotten. We go to bless them. And we hope we do.

But we are the ones who are greatly blessed. For we are able, in the midst of the craziest time of year, to stop and, as a family, lay aside ourselves and serve others.

Casiday has already asked who we are going to see this year. There will be two less on our list … for this year, Granny and Mrs. Leona will celebrate Christmas this year in heaven. How we will miss them … but they are where we long to be ~ in the very presence of the Lord. So until we join them, we’ll carry on our Christmas Eve tradition.

How do you spend Christmas Eve? In what ways does your family serve others through the holiday season?

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Comments

  1. Jason Houck says:

    Wow that gave me chills. I am so very proud of your family spreading the Christmas spirit like that every year. Its truly something others should think about doing.

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  2. Teri Lynne says:

    Thank you. We truly receive the greater blessing.

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  3. livelaughlove95 says:

    Beautiful. Your family is a blessing and an inspiration!

    ~Malia

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  4. Erin @ Closing Time says:

    How beautiful!! That is a truly meaningful tradition, one that has eternal value!

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