Day 177: Merry Christmas! I have gratitude for many things today, above all being the birth of Christ. Though December 25 was likely not the day of Christ’s birth, it is still a day to celebrate the intersection of one of the most carnal events (birth) and divine events (God becoming man). It is also a day to honor traditions and show love through giving. I don’t mean to imply this day is about the gifts, nor do I solely celebrate receiving gifts, although I have gratitude for those willing to show generosity towards me; even more, I enjoy celebrating others by giving gifts. I have gratitude for the ability to spend this day with family and for the remembrance of deep-rooted traditions such as ornaments on our Christmas tree that have particularly special memories. I am grateful for people like Marnie, my parents, and her parents that sought out unique ornaments to adorn our tree each year and the emotion, love, and significance of each ornament. I am thankful for all the good emotion and memories attached to this holiday and for the ability to join our world-wide church family in the celebration of Christ’s birth.