Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas around the world

A summertime Christmas in Brazil

LeAnne recently wrote a post about international Christmases and how people celebrate the holiday around the world, which is something that has always intrigued me. A couple weeks ago, I was helping our kids decorate our Christmas tree and realized that we’ve celebrated the past four Christmases (including this year) in four different countries: Brazil, Mozambique, South Africa, and this year, the US. This will also be the first Christmas we've spent in the States in seven years, and our first Christmas during winter in a long time.

Now that we are back in the US for a few months, one of the things that has struck me is the hectic pace, particularly during this holiday season. And while I'm definitely looking forward all the activities like time with family, drives through brightly decorated neighborhoods, and all the wonderful holiday foods, I also don't want to forget the real reason for the season. We have a God who "so loved the world that He gave His one and only son."

And that is what this season is really about, no matter where we are in the world today.

What about you? What are you looking forward to this holiday season?

Merry Christmas!

Lisa Harris

Christmas in Brazil

Christmas in the U.S. with family.

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