Another birthday has come and gone. On December 24 I turned 24. I spent the day much like last year, surrounded by good friends who have become family to me here, laughing, eating good food, and enjoying each others’ company. I got to skype my family at home, and hear about the Christmas traditions I grew up with while learning the traditions of another family who, bizarrely, have the same Nativity Scene I grew up with.
Jessica said the Nativity Scene was originally set up as a display, but Karis, their three year old daughter, turned all the shepherds, animals, and wisemen so they were facing Jesus. I thought that was a perfect reminder of what Christmas is all about–not about our own benefits, but celebrating and worshipping the King.