So now that Halloween is over…. let’s just bypass Thanksgiving like everyone else in America and skip right to everyone’s favorite holiday… CHRISTMAS! I know I know…. poor thanksgiving…it’s always overlooked. I do love the holiday and the meaning behind it ….But come on…. Christmas is where it’s at!
The perfect setting of a loving home filled with the scent of freshly baked cookies and fresh evergreens, glowing lights beaming on our faces, and our favorite Christmas jams filling our homes. Not to mention the reruns of The Christmas Story (seriously I look forward to the pink bunny pjs… got to get me a pair), the Macy’s day parade, and the laughter of Christmas cheer. We wait all year long for this season! But do we all remember exactly what we are celebrating?
It is so hard to keep focus with the wonderful chaos of Christmas traditions and festivities… the gifts we are so eager to give and receive… the family gatherings of family members we haven’t seen in years… and the faces of our children as they wake up to see what Santa has brought them. But we have to remember it’s so much more than that.
Christmas is the season of celebration that God blessed this world with Jesus and saved us all. Thinking about the moment that Jesus was born in a manger means so much more to me than the stories I’ve heard throughout my life. It reminds me that God has a purpose for each and every one of us… that everything is perfectly planned whether it is what we want for ourselves or not. Seriously think about it…. Mary gave birth in a manger for goodness sake! It is probably not something she wanted or expected to do…. ladies, imagine not having a place to have your newborn baby (talk about an angry pregnant woman)…but imagine if they found a room to deliver baby Jesus….. how would all the visitors fit in a small hospital room to lay their eyes on the newborn who would change the world? It was all strategically and perfectly planned!
When it comes to Christmas, I want to celebrate by remembering the story. I want my kids at a young age to know the true Christmas meaning. I wanted to find a way to use the traditions to teach my children about our Heavenly Father. Here are a couple of ways we celebrate by keeping Jesus the focus.
3 Gifts for 3 Gifts
I love how Jesus received three gifts from the wise men: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Here is the belief behind the gifts.
- Gold was associated with kings, so the wise men gave him gold because they knew Jesus was the King of Kings.
- Frankincense was sometimes used in Church to worship, so the wise men gave this to Jesus to show people should worship Jesus.
- Myrrh is a perfume that was used on dead bodies in order to make them smell better, so this was given to Jesus to show he would suffer and die.
To remind my kids of the story of His birth, each year my kids receive three gifts. Three gifts from us and three gifts from santa.
Birthday Party Celebration
It’s Jesus birthday! With every birthday…. comes cake! Each year, we bake Jesus a birthday cake and sing happy birthday. My mom did it with us, and I do it with my kids. I want the kids to know the day is real. It is not a day just to look at as receiving gifts, but a day that really happened! The best birthday should be celebrated!
The Gifts Come From Jesus
I want the kids to know, the gifts they receive on the morning of Jesus’s birthday is from Jesus himself. Am I lying? NO! Who do you think blessed us with the finances to buy those gifts? Whose money is it in the long run? It is all His. So initially and truthfully they come from God himself. He uses us to share those gifts with them.
Meanings Behind the Traditions
The meaning behind Christmas can sometimes be hidden by the traditions. We get excited about putting the Christmas tree up, hanging Christmas lights, and hitting repeat on our Christmas jingles. Reminding our kids why we do these things and what they symbolize will help them understand the meaning behind the story. The Christmas tree represents life and the birth of Jesus. The most important birth on the earth. The Christmas lights represent the light of the world that shined when Jesus was born. He is the light that shines within us. Christmas jingles are always played at our house, but it is important to play the songs based on Jesus’s birth and talking to our kids about it.
2 Corinthians 5:9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.
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