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While opening gifts on the 21st with my four children and wife and loving the joyful squeels of delight (that’s what happens when you have three girls ages 8, 5 and 2)…we opened a gift to our family from one of the families in our church.  Inside the package were many goodies for everyone in the family, but the one that caught my eye was a book I’ve had on my Amazon “to buy” list since it was published last April: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas (so much for getting other reading done as thoroughly as I’d planned over the holidays 😉 ).  So I thought for the holidays I’d share just a couple of holiday-related tidbits from the life of Dietrich.

The man who would stand fearlessly before Der Führer was known to be terrified of Der Sinter Klaus as a child.  But, hey, what kid isn’t afraid of a big hairy dude who overly likes kids and chuckles obnoxiously.  Especially the German variety of that era of the twentieth century that–if memory serves correctly–carried a switch for the naughty children (one characteristic little Dietrich was known for…something our childhoods have in common 🙂 ).

At the age of thirteen (in 1919) for New Years Eve he and his twin sister Sabine were finally allowed to stay up till the New Year with the adults:

About eleven o’clock the lights were extinguished, we drank hot punch and the candles on the Christmas tree were lit once again.  All this was a tradition in our family.  Now that we were all sitting together, our mother read the ninetieth psalm: ‘Lord, though hast been our dwelling-place in all generations.’  The candles grew shorter and the shadows of the tree longer and longer, and while the year was fading out, we sang Paul Gerhardt’s New Years Eve hymn: ‘Now let us go singing and praying, and stand before our Lord, who has given our life strength until now.’  When the last stanza had died away, the church bells were already ringing in the new year. (Eric Matexas.  Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Prophet, Martyr, Spy.   Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2010.  p. 36).

May you have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I’ll be sharing mine with my family…and Dietrich of course!

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