It can be tricky as adults to keep the true meaning of Christmas close to our hearts. It’s all too easy to fall prey to the hustle and bustles of online sales, our to-buy and to-cook lists, and the overwhelming traffic surrounding our favorite stores. Grumpiness sets in, and before we know it, we’re modeling the Grinch more than we’re modeling Christ!
But I believe children have it even harder this time of year. They might not be dealing with crowded shops or fighting over the last turkey in the grocery aisle, but they’re just as swept away in the glitz and glamor of toy commercials, towering store displays, and the line to sit on Santa’s lap to tell him what they want. They’re not fighting grumpiness—they’re battling greed.
I think there’s nothing the enemy camp loves more than to distract us from Christ on Christmas. Instead of focusing on a baby in a manger, our gazes are drawn to the packages under the tree. Instead of whispering Advent, we’re shouting More! Instead of pondering these things in our hearts, we’re calculating our budgets.
As parents, it’s our duty to not only keep our focus, but help our kids fight—and win—the war for their hearts during the holidays.
Here are 5 ways to help prepare your children’s hearts for Christmas.
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