We all have traditions that we hold dear to our hearts. Whether it be for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or another holiday, we tend to create at least one tradition that carries over from year to year.
Our family loves lights! We used to live in an area that had multiple areas of drive thru lights – miles of animated and lighted displays. Most of these displays had music, so we would bundle up and roll the car windows down. We loved doing this every year!
Last night, after everyone had their PJs on, my DS7 comes to me and says, “Mom, lets go get in the car and look at lights!” Now keep in mind that we ALL had PJs on! I looked at the work that I was doing on the computer and decided that the time with my kids was much more important than anything that was going on in cyberspace, so the kids and I piled into the car and proceeded through most of our side of town to look at lights. Might I say that I was thankful that we all had winter PJs on, and if no one looked closely, the PJs looked just like regular clothes under our winter coats.
Unfortunately, what we saw last night didn’t look near as nice as the lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, but it sure got me thinking. As we drove around, many houses weren’t lit and were extremely dark. Then, suddenly, there would be a house that looked like a winter wonderland, all lit in colorful splendor. I had to wonder what it would have been like to have been in the fields with the shepherds that night when the angel of the Lord appeared. Luke 2:9 KJV says, “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.” I don’t think the shepherds had street lights in that field, so it must have been fairly dark with not much more than the stars and the moon to light the field. Then, all of a sudden, “the glory of the Lord shone around”. Can you imagine how bright that must have been in comparison to the dark of a normal night? Can you imagine how scared the shepherds must have been? I know I can’t!