Through the years, there has been one constant in my Christmases. Though people may have changed through the years through marriage, birth of children and death; there has always been Christmas Eve communion. This service is the most moving services of the Christian year for me. It typically starts at 11:00 pm and involves singing, the reading of the Christmas story, and receiving communion. After communion, the congregation sings Silent Night as the lights are dimmed and everyone is holding a lit candle. When the service concludes, it is past midnight and therefore it is Christmas. Some years there is a bonus – snow.
As a youngster, it was an excuse to stay up late and help pass the time before the fat guy showed.
As a college student and single adult, it was very similar to a homecoming; allowing me to see people from my home church.
As a husband, it was an opportunity to share a tradition with my bride.
And finally, as a father, it is a chance to hopefully instill a tradition with my children that hopefully they will come to love as much as I do.Looking forward to sharing the magic again this Christmas Eve at Kingston Springs United Methodist Church.
Zach, A Tennessee Squire