photo by krisdecurtis
As we draw closer to celebrating the birth of Christ, more and more people are posting their ideas and thoughts on how to best remember the season. I found a couple that I really like and want to share them with you. Both of them focus on putting Jesus smack dab in the middle of it all, which is exactly where He’s supposed to be this season!
Amber Vlangas of Everyday Christian Mom shares a conversation she had recently with her 8 year old daughter who wanted to know if they could have “reunion” on Christmas morning before they opened gifts like her friend’s family. The story as Amber tells it is too cute, but what her daughter was asking for was “communion”, sharing bread and wine in remembrance of why Jesus came to earth in the first place.
I think this is such an awesome idea that I’m going to do it with our family. I have a bread machine and will make a homemade loaf and I think I’ll pick up a bottle of grape juice or nonalcoholic wine to go with it. You can buy a frozen loaf or something fresh from the local bakery if you don’t want to go all out with baking. We’ll read the Christmas story from Luke, my husband will discuss the meaning of Christmas and ultimately, Easter, and then we’ll open our gifts.
Daisy at My Silent Eyes has her own rendition of Twas The Night Before Christmas, called The Week Before Christmas. Her poem focuses not on the gifts lying under the tree (and the inherent madness that comes with pulling it off) but on the Gift that was given us over 2000 years ago. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
One final idea that I think we’re going to do Christmas Eve, when our family from New York flies in and hopefully our prodigal son (yes, we have one) joins us from Georgia. I’ll invite each person to imagine being at the stable with Mary and Joseph and if they could present the baby Jesus with a gift of their own, what would it be? It has to be a very special gift because we’re talking about the King of kings here. Each idea will be written down on a sheet of paper, placed in a nativity scene, and then perhaps we’ll pray as a group.
Do you have any special traditions, memories or observances that your family practices to make Christ the focus of your Christmas?