I absolutely love Christmas. I always have. Gift giving is totally my love language, too, so a holiday that is celebrated by giving gifts to EVERYONE I love? Perfect!
It’s also a super busy, super rushed, super fast season that is so easy to get caught up in, as we all know. The older you get the crazier it gets, and apparently, as I am just learning this year, Christmas with a kid is a whole different experience. Especially as a Christian mom, it’s hard to know where to draw the line in terms of “secular” Christmas. How do we talk about Santa Claus? How do we talk about the Christmas story in a way he will understand? How do we show him Christmas is not all about getting presents, it’s not even all about giving presents, but it’s about celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus?
I’m sure there are a lot of answers to these questions. Everyone (read: every mom) has an opinion, what worked for them, what works for their friend, etc. I have my own as well, but I think that regardless of how you address some of these questions with your kids, the best way to show them that Christ is not only the center of Christmas, but should be the center of LIFE in general, is by example.
That’s why my bible memory verse for this week is Isaiah 9:6: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
These names for our Lord are so powerful. Keeping focus in this busy time is so hard, but be comforted by the fact that we are celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace. Keep Him at the center of each event you attend, party you host, meal you cook, tree you decorate. Why is there a star on top of the tree? Because of our Everlasting Father. Why do we give presents? Because of our Wonderful Counselor. Why do we Celebrate Christmas? Because of the birth of our Mighty God as flesh. I want to encourage you as this season gets in to full swing that it is possible to stay centered and focused on Christ, because He will help you to do so. Pray for focus, pray for opportunity to share with your children why Christmas is important for more than just being nice to our neighbors and being good for Santa Claus. Bonus points if you can get them to memorize Bible verses with you.
In His Love,