We all know that with the hustle and bustle of Christmas time, the focus on the birth of our Savior can sometimes be marginalized. As Believers, this time of year is the moment in time we know that God sent His Son, Jesus, to live here among us. He was God in flesh! Our reaction is one of rejoicing and gratefulness.
So how can we keep this at the forefront of our minds and in our everyday conversations with our families during the Christmas season?
I want to share five easy ways to do this, starting today.
Christian Christmas Music: Whether you have Pandora, Spotify, or even good ol’ CDs, playing Christmas music that’s focus is on the birth of our Savior will bring these words to your family’s minds and hearts. Oftentimes, in the afternoons and evenings, we will turn on Pandora and listen as the hopeful words echo through our home.
Visual Displays: There are so many ways to decorate your home at Christmas time, and one of the ways you can bring Jesus’ birth into your home is by setting out your nativity scenes, wood signs that proclaim words of His birth, or displaying Christmas cards you receive that have Bible verses on them. As we see these around our home, our family has the opportunity to dwell and think on these things.
Outward Focus: We have the pleasure of sponsoring children through Compassion International, as well as through our local foster care system here in Alabama. By writing letters to our Compassion children at Christmas time or going shopping as a family to help meet the basic needs of children in foster care, these are perfect opportunities to talk about Christ sending His Son as the ultimate gift to us.
Reading His Word and Praying Together: This one, while it seems obvious, can sometimes be the toughest to follow through with. Our family is not always perfect at setting aside time to do this, but when we do, it’s worth the intentional effort. Praying together at mealtime, or reading a Christmas focused devotional together in the evenings is sure to stir the Holy Spirit working in your family.
Being Still: Sound almost crazy this time of year, doesn’t it?!? But, if we can help initiate the call to be still before God, we create moments to hear Him speak to us. My daughters enjoy Bible journaling when we have designated quiet time on the weekends. Further, meditation will invoke rest, rejuvenating us to better be available to showing God’s love to our family around us.
These are just five ways. There are countless other ways to bring the true meaning of Christmas into your home.
Is there one on this list that would be easy to start practicing today with your family?
I’d love to hear your ideas too on this. Let’s all help one another!