Quite a few of my friends are at a point in life where the have young families and are talking about creating Christmas traditions. It’s a great way to create memories and a sense of belonging and identity as part of a family. But another cool thing about it is that traditions can be used to point ourselves towards Jesus. The old cliche says, Jesus is the reason for the season. How easy is that to forget? Especially in such a materialistic self centered world. Kids especially get gripped by the sparkle and lights, the food and presents. No matter what they learned at church on Sunday it’s kinda easy to get distracted.
Kids (like the rest of us) need be reminded in the midst of all the other stuff we love about Christmas that it is actually all about Jesus and to make Him number one. That’s actually what Advent is all about. The Latin word that Advent comes from means “coming”. It’s a season of expecting something… it has the potential to be a season where we once again focus on Jesus, remember that He is the centre of EVERYTHING, and that He is coming again… ADVENT. So how bout create some traditions that not only bring familes together and create memories, but point us all towards Jesus.
I’ll try and post a few ideas over the next couple of weeks… I will field test them first with the kids I look after, and some will be from my own family and childhood. If you’ve got any ideas then sharing is caring!
P.s here is the wikipedia article on Advent, give you some context to it.