Merry Christmas or Happy Christmas depending on where you reside in the world. I can’t believe the year is almost over, but it is. I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas season.

Depending on your traditions, you might have opened gifts last night on Christmas Eve, or you might be digging into them right now.


Growing up, my family had a tradition called Christmas Surprise. It started with my grandparents, and it went something like this. Whoever woke up the earliest and yelled Christmas Surprise got to open a gift before everyone else.

For a few years, my grandpa lived with us. Wouldn’t you know it; Grandpa yelled it first every time. I never forgot this tradition.

We haven’t yelled Christmas Surprise in years, but I never forgot our fun with this tradition.

Another tradition we had was burning candles on our tree on Christmas Eve. It is an old German tradition in our family, but with all the new safety regulations and not wanting to burn your house down at Christmas, we haven’t done this tradition in years.

Lighting a candle at Christmas Eve service
Photo by Dave Anthold (2010) | Agoura Hills, CA | Christmas Eve Service

Traditions and Christmas seem to go hand-in-hand. One tradition that stays steadfast in our family is attending Christmas Eve service (either in-person or virtually). We drink in the goodness of what Christmas is truly about – the birth of Jesus Christ.

Spreading Love

As you wake from your slumber on Christmas Day, spend a few moments engaging with those who are near and dear to your heart. It can be family, friends, co-workers, or all folks in-between.

Christmas is about spreading love and reminding folks that Jesus Christ came to seek and save those who are lost.

Luke 2:11 says,

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Jesus was born in a stable, proclaimed by the shepherds, worshipped by the Magi, and grew up to be the Savior of the world. Today, we celebrate the ultimate love gift from God – His Son.

Luke 2:11 bible verse
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A Christmas Blessing

From my family to yours on this Christmas Day, a special blessing for you.

May the love of Christ be with you now and forever as you draw close to Him this Christmas season, and prepare for 2022. You are a blessing from the Lord – wonderfully handcrafted by a Heavenly Father who loves you.

Carol of the Bells – Pentatonix

Merry Christmas – here is one of my favorite versions of Carol of the Bells. Enjoy!

Listen On…


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Hi, I'm Dave Anthold. I am a small group leader, short-term missionary, and visual storyteller. You can read my story here.

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