This time of year always reminds me of traveling home for Christmas. Some years we were too far away to travel; overseas or somewhere so far away that it precluded a trip home; but every time we could, we would hit the road and head home. Those trips were always something to look forward to with enthusiasm and excitement; seeing our loved ones and experiencing Christmas together as a family. Christmas travel plans are on the agenda for many of us this weekend. Many of us are heading back to our childhood homes, where we will once again share the upcoming celebration with our families. In many cases we are heading towards the city named on our birth certificates, or the home where we found our own gifts under the tree. We might be traveling on the highways and byways, going across the state, across town, FaceTiming into the celebration, or maybe we are the home that everyone is headed towards, but whatever the situation, we will be together and we will home.
Luke 2:3-5 MSG
“Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.”
Traveling home for Christmas began with Mary and Joseph and their trip to Bethlehem, their family home, and what a blessing it became. That first Christmas began with travel and family togetherness and culminated as the most powerful Christmas of all, and we received the most amazing gift in the world when Jesus Christ was born. May we each find blessings and joy as we travel and gather with family and friends to celebrate Christmas and the birth of our Salvation; Jesus Christ.