You’ve come to the end of the lifegiving home challenge. We spent the entire month learning why and how we can change our homes into ones that bring life and love to all those who live inside its walls and also for those who may come and go. Our book, The Lifegiving Home, ends with the reminder of the importance of Christmas.
When we are so wrapped up in giving the best gift, creating the perfect Christmas card and even playing the front and center role in the Christmas pageant we often lose sight of what’s really important. We wouldn’t have Christmas without the manger. Christmas, although just passed, is the perfect time of year to remember our hope and assurance of heaven. It’s a time of celebration and reflection on His perfect gift.
I love how Sarah puts it:
We need celebration because we need to remember the eternal. Adults as well as children need an occasional space in which to vividly picture and embody as much delight and laughter and song as they can because those lived realities allow them hope in what they cannot yet imagine, in the new heavens and new earth. We need high and holy days in which to remember the ultimate facts of our faith and history, to in some way enflesh the glorious reality of our hope. LGH p. 232
We have become a casual culture, one that just thinks of holidays as merely an extra day off of work or just a day to overeat and play with our new gadgets.
While we may talk about it being Jesus’ birthday to our children, are we actually taking the time to teach how important it is that He came to earth in a manger?
Christmas is the perfect time to reflect on this. The traditions we choose will shape our children’s view of Christmas for the rest of their lives.
It’s time to put Christ back into Christmas!
This refers to the days in December leading up to Christmas. So many people buy the advent chocolate countdowns from the grocery store and call it a day. But there is so much more you can do. Christmas isn’t about the gifts, and we need to teach this to our children. We love our advent calendar that leads up to the birth of Jesus. There are so many other ones on the market, find one that works for your family and take the time to discuss. You can also do a Christmas Bible verse advent calendar, Pinterest has so many great ideas!
This is one of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season. I once read that the Christmas lights represent hope and light in the dark cold winter, just as Jesus is the light of the world in its darkness. When I read that, I loved it even more. Christmas lights are so beautiful and this analogy can really make an impact. We love to drive around and find nativity scenes. My goal for when our children get older is for them to color little thank you notes and leave them for those who do display Jesus in this day and age. It’s getting more rare.
These are just two simple things that can be used to point our view back to the eternal. We need Christmas to remind us of our eternal hope. When we do that, all the stresses of the perfect Christmas begin to fade away. Instead of letting the next Christmas season become an extra day off, start planning now about how you can make it more of an intentional holy celebration.
- Read the December chapter.
- Make a plan for next year’s Christmas celebration.
- Do something kind for someone in need, someone who may not have a family to celebrate with.
Your turn! How are you going to be more intentional next Christmas? Let’s share ideas in the comments below!
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