For many feeling “christmassy” begins with the start of annual Christmas traditions. Advent calendars, visits to Santa or seeing Christmas lights. Christmas music and the tree going up and decorated. Favourite foods only experienced at Christmas time.

If there is anything that makes me instantly feel in the Christmas spirit, it is belting out the album Tijuana Christmas. It immediately takes me back to my childhood when this album being played meant Christmas was coming. I can’t help but feel “christmassy” listening to this.

This was the soundtrack I played last night as I made my Christmas tiramisu causing my Eleven year old to ask “ does this music give you nostalgia?”

To his ears this was probably a very vintage sound!

So many traditions that invoke a sense of joy around family and Christmas. But more importantly are the elements that draw our focus and hearts toward Christ. The lighting of an advent candle, my little walnut that holds a nativity scene, the carol “O Holy night.”

This year is a time to draw near to family, to the Christmas celebrations. But also to draw nearer to Jesus. it is a time when we can celebrate God is with us.

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.”

Matthew 1:23

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