Blogger: Rachel Kent
A Christmas tradition that I love is one that I now believe was established by accident and out of necessity. Every Christmas, my parents would have the children wait in the hallway with the door closed before telling us to come out to see what “Santa” had brought us during the night. Now that I’m older, I know they were using this time to make a pot of coffee, light the fireplace logs, get the video camera charged and do any last minute wrapping–but for all of those years, it was a lesson in patience and built the anticipation of Christmas morning. Christmas was all the more special because of that wait.
The minute that we were allowed to open the hall door, we would all rush to the stairs. Seeing the tree and stockings downstairs was magical. It always looked like the entire living room had been transformed. Writing this makes me want to find those videos from each year to look at our facial expressions.
We would all find our spots around the tree, and then my dad would read the Christmas story from the Bible and we’d place baby Jesus in the manger scene before starting in on opening the stockings and gifts.
We still do Christmas this way with our children. Those of us who are in town gather on Christmas morning at my parents’ house, and we make the kids wait in the hallway. Those of us who aren’t getting things ready wait in the hall with them. We know the waiting made Christmas extra special for us, so we hope they feel the same way.
Do you think that the waiting you experience in your publishing journey (or in life in general) could be God’s way of making your blessings extra special when he sends them your way?
I think that anticipation is a tool that God uses throughout the Bible, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he still uses it in our lives today. For example, the Israelites anticipated the promised land while wandering in the desert, and they were anticipating the Messiah, too.
How has anticipating something in your life made it extra special when the event occurs?
When does your family open gifts? Christmas Eve? Christmas morning? Christmas night? Is there a tradition like mine in your family?