Christmas Traditions ~ Luke 2:1-20 and Swedish Pancakes!

There are so many Christmas traditions that we have enjoyed over the years. Today I’ll share a couple that have stayed with us since Dear and I were married. His Mother started the rich tradition of reading Luke 2: 1-20 at the Christmas Eve celebrations before everyone tore into their gifts. Over the years we tried different ways to incorporate this rich tradition. We started including it on my side of the families gatherings, too. One year while all the cousins were still young I made a very elementary coloring book with all these verses for each child in each family to color and help them to memorize this passage. At our Christmas Eve celebration I brought  several rolls of quarters and each child that could recite any of the passage got a quarter for every verse they remembered! It was loads of fun. Recently my brother dared his nieces and nephews to recite these in Russian and to whoever could he’d give big bucks. Ha! One of my nephews met the challenge and my brother gave him $100 and my father was so pleased he kicked in an extra $50.


This is the booklet I made with a picture and one to two verses on each page. I’m sure anyone out there can make a more artistic coloring book with the help of a computer. I made this by hand before I had a computer. This is the cover of one of the stapled booklets that I think was my son Josh’s.

The other tradition that my immediate family enjoys is on Christmas morning after we see what’s inside our Christmas Stockings, Dear cooks up Swedish Pancakes for us all to enjoy. Here’s Dear on Christmas 2005 cooking them up!


Do you have a tradition to share with us? You still have time to post it and join in the fun. To read about other traditions or join in the fun head over to My Quiet Corner.

As of June 2017 Photobucket has blacked out all my photos that I had stored there and are holding them hostage. Hopefully I can update my photos on all the posts they have ruined, over 4000 of them.

About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

7 thoughts on “Christmas Traditions ~ Luke 2:1-20 and Swedish Pancakes!

  1. I am so impressed with how much work everyone goes to in order to pass the true meaning of Christmas on to our children! God must be so delighted!
    Your memory books are wonderful – what a great idea! And we pay our children to do much less important things – I think paying them to memorize is a genius idea!
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful traditions! I am just loving this bloggy idea!

  2. I chuckled at your comment of someone being able to make a more artistic coloring book. I was just thinking to myself as I was looking at the detail of the one you created how artistic and talented you were! I think I would prefer the handmade one you did more than a computer generated one any day!!

    What a FANTASTICALLY wonderful and treasured idea to do a booklet for the children to accompany actual Scripture! And I love how the family all participated in encouraging the memorization of the Word… even in other languages! What a blessing for those children and for all of you!

    Thanks for participating and sharing these ideas and traditions with all of us!

  3. Wow! What a cool tradition. I liked the coloring book to teach the Luke passage. It reminds of a Bible Curriculm the school where I taught used. The high school Old & New Testament survey classes used drawings to teach the passages. Students were encouraged to create their own drawings. It really helped them remember what they were learning. — DH

  4. What a great–that’s GREAT–idea! I may have to ‘borrow’ that idea for my future grandchildren…as our children are now grown (or nearly….our youngest is 15!). Beautiful keepsakes.


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