It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of the Christmas season and almost forget the true reason for celebrating. The birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
There are so many things that can take away from Christmas – hours of shopping, decorating, preparing food, presents, cleaning, parties, etc. Not that these are bad things, but they can be stressful and take away from the true meaning of Christmas.
Christmas has become so commercialized that it has become more about “things”, than the birth of Christ. As a mom, I want my family to experience the real joy of Christmas. I don’t want the presents and preparations to take over and take center stage. I don’t want my family to see me all stressed out and frazzled.
I want to take the focus off the gifts and be intentional about making Christmas more meaningful with my family this year.
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A few weeks ago my 12 year old son was sitting in the kitchen trying to make a Christmas list. He sat there for quite a while and only had one thing written on his paper. I came into the kitchen and asked him how it was going. He looked at me with a very thoughtful expression on his face and said, “Mom, I really don’t need anything do I? And I have most of the things I want too.”
It’s so true, isn’t it? Most of us have been blessed with everything we need and many of the things we want too.
This conversation lead to a family discussion later that night. We decided (as a family) to cut back on our own family gift giving and do more for others to make Christmas more meaningful. We brainstormed some ideas and came up with some things that we would do to help put the focus on Christ and others this year.
Here are 3 of the ways we are making Christmas more meaningful this year:
- Bible Reading – Spend some time each day preparing our hearts through Bible reading and discussion time as a family after dinner. We received an Advent reading schedule from church and will be using that. There are many Advent books available or you could search for an Advent reading plan online.
- Give to our Sponsored Child – We sponsor a young boy in Guatemala through Compassion International. We all pitched in money and sent an extra Christmas donation for him and his family so they have can have a special Christmas. Sponsoring a child is something I highly recommend for families. It has been a great experience to be able to pray for our sponsored child as a family, write to him, and receive letters back.
- Bake & Share – We love to do holiday baking together (especially my younger 4 kids) but we don’t need to eat it all ourselves. We decided to make some cookies, breads, and other holiday goodies and then share them with others in our community through a personal visit. It’s more about caring and taking time for others than it is about the food