Incorporating Christ into Christmas
Giving Christmas Back to Christ
The Christmas Tree:
I want to give you some great ideas on putting Christ back into Christmas. Some of these may be well-known ideas but as we all know, oldies are goodies . When thinking of the Christmas tree you may think, "how can I tell my children that this tree has anything to do with Christ?" Here's a few ideas that might come in handy. This is what I have taught my kids ever since they were old enough to understand what I was saying. The tree symbolizes the wood that the cross was made of that Jesus died on. From there I can go into his death and crucifixion and how his blood was shed for all mankind so that they could go to Heaven someday, if they so choose to believe in him. Now those lights that we put on to make it look "pretty", well those have a special place too. Those are used to point out that we are to be lights in this world, a beacon of hope for lost souls. And how about the tinsel? That shiny, silvery string that is found here and there for months after Christmas also is a way to incorporate Christ. The silver color is to signify the purity of Christ, and his sinless life here on earth. Now you may seem to be getting the hang of where I'm going with my ideas. Hang on! There are a few more. The Christmas ornaments we all love to decorate our trees with are great for more Christ-centered teaching. The colors tell us different things. Blue is for the royalty of Christ, red is for his blood he shed, silver is for his purity, and gold for one of the gifts baby Jesus received from the wise men. Now the next one is going to be a hit and miss for some of you, as not all of us use this decoration. However, if you do use a red tree skirt at the base of your Christmas tree then this will apply to you as well. The red tree skirt also symbolizes the blood that was shed on the cross for our sins. Lastly we look at that beautiful, shining star atop our tree and we see the star that guided the wise men so long ago. Through the dark nights that star shone bright and brought the wise men to the King of Kings where they gave him gifts, acknowledging his royalty. I don't know about you, but putting Christ into Christmas and giving my children a healthy view of why we do what we do is a priceless gift that they will cherish and likely teach their own children in years to come.
I'm sure many of you already know the meaning of the presents, but for those of you who are new to this I will elaborate. Remember those gifts the wise men gave to baby Jesus? Ah, I see that knowing look in your eye. You guessed right. The presents symbolize the highly valued gifts that baby Jesus was given so long ago. I'm not sure how other people do with gift giving but I started a tradition before my kids were very old that helped our Christmases to be a little less greed filled. We all know how children are so excited as soon as we begin to put the newly wrapped gifts under the tree. As those gifts pile up the kids just have to count and see how many everyone has. Have you ever had a grumpy kid because he/she only has six gifts and his/her sibling has seven? I saw this with my kids at an early age and it alarmed me. I didn't want my kids to fight or be upset because they thought they weren't getting fair treatment. Even if David's six presents were more expensive than John's, David doesn't know that and it likely doesn't matter to him. After all, it is the amount of presents that they care about right? Here was my idea on curbing this problem and it really has been a great idea. I sat down and thought for awhile on what to do, and as I begin to think about the first Christmas and the gifts Jesus received it became something to draw from for this situation. Baby Jesus received three (highly priced) gifts, and I thought "why can't my kids be happy with three substantial gifts?" And thus began the tradition of three gifts per person at Christmas time. No more fighting and grouchy attitudes about how many gifts they got or didn't get and no more counting over and over which damages the wrapping paper. I can't speak for everyone but when my kids are happy so am I. .
The Story of the Candy Cane
The Candy Cane Story
Above I have provided a link to the story of the candy cane's origins. I have read this to my kids on multiple occasions and it has fast become a Christmas tradition. Not only are these treats appealing to the eye, they taste so good!
Do you use a red tree skirt?
Showing Christ's Love Today
For those of you who want to do something to show Christ's love for someone else this year, here are a few ideas.
1. Volunteer at a mission or soup kitchen to help feed those less fortunate this year.
2. Fill a shoe box or two for children in need through Samaritan's Purse, "Operation Christmas Child," or a local church.
3. Donate coats to charity organizations.
4. Invite a person or family that will be alone this holiday to share Christmas with you.
5. Buy a needy family groceries.
6. Fill a stocking with goodies for your neighbor's and friend's.
7. Purchase a Christmas tree and deliver it to a single mom or dad that otherwise wouldn't have one.
There are so many ways that we can be a blessing to others this Christmas and show the love of Christ. The ways to achieve this are innumerable, one only has to do one single act of kindness to make the holiday brighter for someone else.
- Coats For Kids - Children's Charities Foundation
Donate a coat for a child this year with Operation Warm.
- Operation Christmas Child
Fill a shoe box with hats, gloves, school supplies, small toys, and many other things for children less fortunate.
Christmas, It's Supposed To Be Happy!
Yes, that's right, you heard me. Happy. As in cheerful, joyful, unabated fun! There are still so many ways that you can enjoy your holiday and make sure it is Christ-centered. I encourage everyone that reads this article to have a wonderful Christmas and begin new traditions that will plant the seed of faith in your loved one's as well as give glory to the One that created us. Go out and have some good, healthy fun this Christmas! MERRY CHRISTMAS!