manager-empty A few weeks ago, while I was outside “rigging up the lights”, the rest of the family was inside decorating for Christmas. For some reason, they didn’t want to be anywhere near me while I performed said task. Wonder why…

When I reappeared in the house, my son announced that he had put the manger out, but he “didn’t put Jesus in the manger”. All of the fog from the task of hanging the lights was gone in an instant. For in that moment, a tradition that began when I was a child growing up was carried on for another year and in my own home.

There is no need to schedule a prayer meeting for the Conrad household. We have not removed the baby Jesus from our Christmas. We just wait until after the Christmas eve service to place him in the manger. After all, he wasn’t there until then was he? I don’t expect that everyone would do this, so I am curious….what are your Christmas traditions?

3 gifts for the kids (since that is what Christ received)?

Cookies and Milk for “non-specific holiday figure”?

Open the night before, or the morning of?

I’d love to hear what others do and why. The floor is yours. I’ll be outside working on the lights….