One of our most meaningful traditions is to attend a Christmas Eve evening service every year. We have gone to a service every year we've been married except one year when Christmas was on a Sunday so our church held their Christmas service on the morning of Christmas Eve.
We've gone to a midnight candle-lighting, a children's service, and a few 'regular' services. At our last church I was able to be part of the service. One year we did a 'family' theme and pulled a fireplace mantel, sofa, coffee table, and tree onto the stage. We had a story time where one of our lovely, older church ladies read the Christmas story to all the children, we sang, and in general had a relaxed homey service.
The next year we went a lot bigger. We did a Victorian Christmas theme complete with Dickensian lampposts, full costumes, and Victorian traditions. It was lovely.
|A cappella caroling before the service|
We're no longer at that church so we've been just attending candle-lighting services at various churches the past few years since our home church doesn't have one. No matter where we choose to attend, it's always a time to pause and reflect on what Christmas is really about.
Check out all our family Christmas traditions:
Christmas Books and DVDs
A Special Nativity Scene
4 Stocking Gifts
3 Under the Tree Gifts
Christmas Eve Church Service
Christmas Morning - Luke 2