Experiencing Christmas with kids is magical. There is no doubt about it. Their faces, the wonder and the joy of the entire month makes me wake up feeling giddy each day in December. We have several Christmas traditions we’ve built on over the years. The kids always decorate the tree. Our Kindness Kids show up on the first of December and take us on a journey to share kindness all month long. Then our Advent devotional is an especially sweet time in the evening as we sing, read and pray together. Throw in more fun things like making caramel corn, unwrapping presents at surprise times, and tons of reading Christmas books…it’s a non-stop celebration.
Beyond the traditions, we are aiming to teach them the truth of Christ every day of the year, not just this one month. It is fun to add lights, apple cider and a lot of events but we purpose to show our kids that they can have this JOY all year long. There is hope and we have a LIGHT of the world that shines bright in the midst of darkness. His name is Jesus. He is the greatest gift ever and we can experience Him every day. He came, He lived, He died, He rose, He reigns… and He calls us into a right relationship by trusting Him alone.
Our schedule is jam packed this month and full of all great things. Hosting wonderful people, new friends, family, and even a birthday on Christmas Eve for one of our own! It’s easy to get lost in the lists, but we are daily resolving to keep our eyes on Jesus. Why do we celebrate this time of year? Why do we create such spectacles for our kids? Why are we doing whatever we our doing? Be it decorating a tree, giving gifts, untangling and hanging a massive amount of lights, making fancy meals or navigating traffic to get somewhere special. We avoid being busy just for the sake of being busy and this time of year is no different. We want to be intentional in everything we do and this time of year takes an extra amount of discernment and wisdom.
Praying for you to know what is best for your family this time of year. Praying you wouldn’t get lost in the lists. Praying you would resolve to ask why and to sit and wonder. Praying you would meditate on this time of glorious celebration, then live in the light of it every day of the year!
Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made Heaven and earth of nought
And with his blood mankind has bought.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!
-The First Noel