This weekend I talked with Jess, a close friend. He was discouraged because when he and his wife celebrated Christmas early the night before, they forgot something.
No, they didn’t forget to prepare a great meal for their children and grandchildren. And they didn’t forget to turn the television off so they could enjoy undistracted conversation among the generations. And they didn’t neglect to exchange thoughtful gifts with one another.
What they forgot was to make Jesus Christ the center of their time together. Jess realized that this year they had missed a priceless opportunity to start the family tradition of elevating the reason for Christmas—the birth of Jesus Christ—Emanuel—God with us.
Jess told me that he couldn’t sleep the night after as he thought of the squandered opportunity and how different it was going to be next Christmas. Next Christmas, before the gifts are given, there will be prayers honoring Christ, carols sung worshiping God coming to earth as a baby to save us from our sins, and the Christmas story read from Luke 2:1-20. A family tradition started to help the younger generation realize that Christmas isn’t just about food, fellowship and gifts. It is all about the greatest miracle of all time—Jesus.
This Christmas let’s all start our own family tradition!
Love in Christ,