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A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Eve baby

About 90% of the time that I present my driver's license when I make a purchase, the cashier remarks, "Ah, a Christmas Eve baby. I'll bet you wish your birthday was some other time."
Yes, there were some difficulties about having a birthday the day before Christmas.
First, as a kid, you don't get Happy Birthday sung to you because you're not in school at that time.
Some relatives give you one present and say, "This is for your birthday and Christmas."
You don't usually get your own birthday party because all the relatives are coming over for Christmas Eve.
If you're a musician, your birthday always takes a back-seat to Christmas Eve musical presentations.
You don't get your own birthday cake because it's also a Christmas Eve cake for everyone.
Sometimes your relatives open their Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve.

But. . .

You get to share your birthday with the most significant birthday of all time: Jesus Christ!
You have the honor of singing on your birthday for Jesus' birthday.
As a child, you secretly feel a little special because you arrived on such a special day.
No one forgets your birthday because your dear mother is there to tell everyone that it's your birthday.
Deep in your unconscious, the wonderful music, celebrations, fellowship and feasts of these holy days forever associate your day with His Day.
You realize that your birthday pales in significance to the One whose birth heralds God's grace to all mankind.

I wouldn't trade my birthday with anyone else's.

"When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh." Matthew 2:10,11)


  1. My nephew's birthday is December 20...not quite Christmas, but pretty close! His parents KNOW he was conceived on Easter, he hit both ends of the spectrum of "special times." Perhaps you did, too!

  2. Happy Birthday Dena. I like how you have received your date of birth as a gift.