One of our favorite Christmas traditions

A few years ago, while reading through one of my social media newsfeeds, I saw that a friend of ours had taken breakfast to the men on duty at the fire station near her house on Christmas Day. For some reason, that really struck a chord with me as soon as I read it. What a fantastic idea! I have never had to be away from my family on Christmas Day: my parents were teachers and had the same vacation time we had for holidays, and Todd always has been able to be with us on every major celebration. Even though I couldn’t relate to missing family members on Christmas morning, I could certainly imagine how sad it would be to have to postpone celebrations while one of them was performing his or her job.

I mentioned it to Todd and we purposed to begin our own family tradition the following Christmas. At first, the kids had a lot of questions, but it didn’t take long for them to get on board with the idea of blessing someone else before even beginning our own celebrations. That first year, we brought our prepared breakfast and traipsed through the firehouse to deliver to the guys on duty that morning. The second year, however, everyone was even more enthusiastic and we even had the chance to take pictures with the crew we had the pleasure of blessing.





We’ve been trying to establish family traditions throughout the years–both at Christmas and other holidays–and so early in December, when we began decorating the house for the season, I asked the kids what they were hoping to repeat this year as in years before.  Imagine the look on my face when it wasn’t “We need to eat this!” or “We want to get stuff!” but the first thing they suggested was “We want to take breakfast to the firemen again!”  I was so incredibly blessed to hear that and to realize that they remembered from the previous years.   Of course we plan to make and deliver breakfast for the crew on duty on the day when many, many people have the ability to take off work and stay home with their families.

So perhaps you too would like to bless people in your community this Christmas Day.  There are plenty of Fire Stations in every city, and although Fire Station #20 is covered in Lexington, there are many more who would surely feel loved (and full) if you could plan to serve them a delicious meal!  And it doesn’t have to be limited to just the firemen:  perhaps your heart is to bless a hospital staff or a police station, or a group that I haven’t even mentioned here.  It would not be difficult to find the contact information of the local fire station or other business; a simple Google search will point you in the right direction. Give them a call to set up delivery times so they know you’ll be coming, and that’s all there is to it!

Maybe this Christmas, before the gifts and celebration in your own home, start the morning out by extending your circle of celebration to those outside your sphere who will be working hard to keep others safe and protected on this most blessed of days.  You will be blessed in return, I promise!

Merry Christmas to all who serve and protect in all capacities.


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