A new old tradition

Many years ago, my husband’s brother was home on leave from the Air Force.

I remember he looked a bit nervous.

He said something about my rules on candy. (He knew I often state candy is terrible for kids’ teeth.)

Then showed me the box.

He had purchased a premade gingerbread house to put together with the kids.

Of course I said it was fine.

And the tradition began.

I’ve enjoyed watching our children put together a gingerbread house each Christmas.

As the holiday drew closer our oldest girl began discussing the tradition.

“Should we buy one, Mom?”

The pros and cons were sorted through.

I just didn’t have peace at that time to buy one.

So, the Saturday before Christmas Anne and Sis spent the day making gingerbread from scratch.

I was thrilled to babysit and to see the sisters enjoy learning something new.

When it was all finished they realized they had made four houses.

And a new tradition was born.

On Christmas Day, after gifts and the meal, we got into teams and each crafted a gingerbread house.

Jase and I were partners and I enjoyed it more than I had expected to.

I had never put together a gingerbread house before.

The girls had done a really great job and the pieces all fit together easily.

Jase and I had fun gluing candies and cookies on with frosting.

As I reflect upon our new old tradition, I am reminded of God’s Word.

Matthew 7:24 NKJV — “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:”

Our lives are like a strong, well built house when we follow Jesus with our whole heart.

The details of each, being completely under the guidance of the Lord.

And the sweetest part, is it’s a building project which lasts our entire lives.

I hope we build other gingerbread houses in the future.

If we do I plan on reading this verse first.

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