Every family has its own set of holiday traditions. Traditions can be wonderful and cause you to look forward to a special holiday bringing the family together. But there can also come a point when a tradition no longer makes sense.
You may be continuing year after year with a tradition that was only meant for a season. Or perhaps you’d like to try something new, but your Christmas season is already overflowing with activities that you are doing merely for old time’s sake. Slowly, over time, you can become a slave to your traditions, which may leave you busy, tired and frazzled. Isn’t this Satan’s plan? He loves to keep us so busy that we’re too distracted to fulfill our godly purpose?
I don’t know about you, but some traditions are now feeling like bondage. Why did we start this tradition? Is this all about fun or are we honoring the birth of Christ in some way? Maybe the children are grown and it’s time to retire this tradition.
Christmas is all about celebrating the birth of Christ. Yet year after year we see less of Christ in Christmas and more of it’s all about me, my family, the shopping and all the stuff.
God has given us the best, most expensive and powerful gift of all: His Son Jesus. Shouldn’t we honor the birthday of our Savior with a present? The traditions worth keeping are those that help us maintain our focus on the Lord.
When I was a child, my mom would put a stocking up for Jesus. We were told to do one random act of kindness as a gift for Jesus every day. Then we were asked to write them down on slips of paper and put them in the stocking. On Christmas morning, she would dump them out, and we would read them together. This is one of my favorite Christmas memories. Now that I have my own family, it’s time to revisit this old tradition and start it again.
I pray you have a wonderful and blessed Christ-centered Christmas.