Christmas Time Is Already Magical
With all the lights and frills, it’s easy to get caught up in feeling like we have to make Christmas great. I do it too—pull the ornaments from the attic, shake out the tree skirt, hang the lights. It’s so much fun! I love this time of the year.
But culture has convinced us that without all of that and without the kids believing Santa is bringing gifts, Christmas can’t be special.
Admittedly, I had started to put too much emphasis on myself and how much I could do to make my house “feel” like Christmas. There’s nothing wrong with decking the halls and creating beautiful Christmas scenery in our homes, but we have to remember those things are just accents to the real significance of Christmas.
Santa and decorations should never outshine Jesus in our homes, at Christmas time or anytime. Whether or not Jesus’ actual birthday was December 25th, it’s the day Christians have decided to celebrate His first coming into the world. That’s a big deal!
I can honestly say, before this year I had never put Christ at the center of our celebrations. Sure, I’ve always known “Jesus is the reason for the season.” I’ve told my kids time and time again that we should express gratitude for our gifts and thank God for making it possible. But the truth is, the season has been more about the festivities, the family time and the gifts.
This year we’re doing things differently. We’re celebrating Advent for the first time, and the kids love it. Prior to last week I didn’t even know such a thing existed. Now here we are with our nativity set each night of December talking about the world before Jesus came and reading scriptures that prophesied His coming. It’s incredible!
Our children look forward to our discussions and candle lightings each night, and the most exciting part is they don’t know baby Jesus is part of the nativity scene. Right now He’s “in Mary’s belly.” I’m eager to see their faces when we pull Him out on Christmas morning. With this small addition to our yearly traditions, I’m grateful to be showing them what’s most important.
There’s so much excitement based on truth that we don’t have to rely solely on Santa and lights to create a moment. Let’s be excited about the birth of Christ again! For us adults, it may be a story we can recite with our eyes closed, but to share it with our children and make it the focus of the holiday is something very special.
Have fun setting up your Christmas space. After this year, we deserve it, but remember to make everything come second to the true wonder of Christmas: “Word became flesh.” (John 1:14)
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