The weekend after Thanksgiving, my family dug around in the attic to pull down Christmas decorations, lights, and stockings. With each familiar item we retrieved from the boxes, I saw smiles of delight on my children’s faces. It was a breath of fresh air.
Nothing this year has felt “normal.”
Yet, as Christmas rolls around, each of us has the opportunity to celebrate a holiday that reminds us of age-old traditions and a love that never dies. We all need hope!
No matter what your family has faced this year, take time this holiday season to reestablish family routines, find a few familiar life rhythms, and enjoy special traditions. Your celebration may look a little different this year. However, in small ways, you can help your children savor the holiday season and remember that even though our circumstances constantly shift, love never dies.
Here are a few ideas of how you and your family can find delight this Christmas.
1. Tradition: Does your family have a favorite holiday tradition?
My family loves to bake sugar cookies together, countdown to Christmas with an Advent Calendar, and pile in the truck to drive around and look at Christmas lights.
If you haven’t established any family traditions yet, you have time! Choose one small aspect of the holidays to celebrate together in a special way. Whether it’s cooking, looking at lights, making cards, playing games, or decorating the tree, gather together and remember the simple gifts God gives.
2. Food: What food does your family love to eat at the holidays?
We prefer sweet over savory at my house! From sugar cookies to bull’s eyes and muddy buddy’s, our home is filled with yummy treats over the holidays. When Christmas Eve rolls around, we bake homemade pizzas together.
If needed, plan ahead and pre-shop! Then, let your children help in any way they can to fill your home with the comforting, familiar smells of Christmas!
3. Love: Christmas is the gift of God to us in Jesus Christ.
With so much uncertainty in the world, the reminder of a love that never dies comforts our hearts. Fill your home with the sounds of Christmas with these familiar, truth-saturated hymns: “O Holy Night,” “Joy to the World,” or “Angels We Have Heard on High.”
If you have a Bible in the house, you can read the simple, short account of Christ’s birth in Luke 2.
The Birth of Jesus Christ
2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,[b] who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.[c]
The Shepherds and the Angels
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”[d]
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Happy Holidays, friends! May you stay safe and find joy in this season.
Written By: Melissa Smith