The Oldest Christmas Tradition

By Rep. Mike Sanders

There are many Christmas traditions, all of which add to the richness of the holiday and joy of spending time with our families. With young boys, I enjoy watching them rip open their gifts on Christmas Day. However, I always try to keep the oldest Christmas tradition close to my heart and remember that the holiday is a celebration of the birth of our Savior.

In Luke 2:9~11, the birth of Jesus is described:

And an angel of the Lord
appeared to them, and the
glory of the Lord shone around
them, and they were filled with fear.

And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid;
for behold, I bring you good news of a great
joy which will come to all the people;
for to you is born this day in
the City of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.”

The legacy of this birth is a path we follow that enriches our life and helps us to grow and overcome obstacles before us. Our faith is the foundation of our families and our communities. I am forever grateful for that day so long ago.

I would also like to express gratitude to those individuals who protect and better our communities: the brave military men and women who are often serving abroad during this time of year, the law enforcement and firefighters who locally watch out for us, and the hardworking teachers who educated our young ones.

Merry Christmas to you and yours. As always, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at (405) 557-7407.

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