Now, Here is Part 2 in the Series of How to Create a Christ-centered Christmas.
Reading Scripture Will Cause You To Remember The Real Meaning of Christmas
If you read the whole chapter of Luke 2 every night before bed, or before dinner, your children are gonna memorize it. But you could also do some fun activities. Or you could, if your children know how to read, you could have them each read a verse.
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I have written the verses on slips of paper and then had each one read a verse. With children, that is all you have to do for them to memorize it. And it just really solidifies what Christmas is about when you read the narrative. It also, for me, quiets my heart, because if there was anything less-seeming-like it was under control than Jesus’ birth, I don’t know what it is.
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Put Yourself Into The Story And Think About The Real Meaning of Christmas
I had my first child in December, so I was keenly aware of Mary being pregnant and suddenly having to go on a long journey and then having her baby in a stable–the whole thing.
You know, I just remember thinking about it so much and yet you can read how God planned this all and you can read the prophecies, you can read that He told the world this was going to happen long before it did. Take time to read the Scriptures in this busy season. Don’t push it out the door.
Choose Christmas Decorations That Emphasize The Real Meaning of Christmas
I really encourage you also to put up decorations that speak about the true meaning of Christmas, that remind you, and everyone who comes into your home, what Christmas is really about.
“I ask whether you pray, because diligence in prayer is the secret of eminent holiness.”Wendy Gunn
Now, I’m not going to, I guess, pass judgment on activities and things that have become traditions for you, but I would encourage you, as you think about adding new traditions, to choose your traditions really carefully and also make them simple.
When you have done them for 30 years, you’ll appreciate that they’re simple. You want the traditions to last a lifetime and longer, and they will be remembered, so make sure they’re celebrating the real meaning of Christmas: Jesus’ birth.
Choose Traditions That Emphasize The Real Meaning of Christmas
So I just really encourage you to choose your traditions wisely when your children are young. I want to even go so far as to encourage you that it’s okay to throw out a tradition that is just plain not focusing your hearts on Christ or is taking your thoughts away from Christ or is exhausting you for no good reason. I give you permission to do that.
Let’s focus on Christ and celebrating the Real Meaning of Christmas this year in all the ways we can. If you haven’t read Part 1 of the Series on How to Create a Christ-centered Christmas, do that now. And, look for Part 3 coming next week.
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