Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
Can you believe it’s already Christmas Eve?? Time certainly flies, but no matter how fast it goes I always slow down for Christmas. I love the music, the food, the lights… but of all the things I love about the Christmas season, my favorite is the traditions.
Every family has their own unique traditions for Christmas. Of course, most people with children probably have Santa Claus or Elf on the Shelf, but I was never too familiar with those growing up. I’ve known other people to go to the movies Christmas night (perhaps as a way to take a break from too much conversation). Apparently some people even hide a pickle in the Christmas tree? But I’m not really one to judge, I always looked forward to the unusual tradition of Swedish meatballs on Christmas day.
Being of Scandinavian heritage, the Swedish meatballs are a staple of Christmas dinner. I’m not talking about Ikea meatballs here, I’m talking about twenty pounds of big, hand-rolled meatballs in a creamy gravy with mashed potatoes; a true labor of love. Mm-mm! And you can’t forget the lefse? Heck, I’m even a sucker for lutefisk – a gelatinous fish which name literally means “lye fish.” The texture is difficult for many… Let’s just say either you like it or you don’t. Either way, it’s tradition don’t-cha-know!
That said, the food isn’t my favorite tradition. That honor is reserved for the Christmas service. And this year at Central, we’ve got a lot of services! I’m very proud of my team, the Creative Arts Team, for putting together such a fantastic service from start to finish. If you haven’t been to one yet, let me encourage you to check out one of them today:
1 PM – Gilbert
3 & 5 PM – All Campuses
7 PM – Gilbert, Mesa, Ahwatukee
The whole service is fantastic, but even with all of the special elements and brand new song by my team (which is great, by the way!), the tradition that I’m looking forward to the most is the candle lighting. It’s a tradition I’ve been doing since before I can remember. To me, it’s just not Christmas until the candles are lit and everybody is singing Silent Night!
So that’s me, how about you? Do you have any Christmas traditions? If nothing else, let me encourage you to make coming to a service one of them! It’ll be a tradition you’ll never regret.