One of my favorite things about Christmas is all the traditions we get observe every year. You know, those things you do every single year that make it finally “feel like” Christmas. Or those certain ways you like to celebrate Jesus, or particular ways you enjoy being together as a family during the Christmas season.
Whether you’ve grown up practicing certain routines, making the season special in a particular way every year, or you’ve recently established some new habits for celebrating — traditions are a great way to stay focused on Christ, truly enjoying the season, and making lots of great memories.
What are some of my favorites?
Growing up, we would recite the Christmas story as a family, in front of our nativity, very first thing on Christmas morning. We’d quote (or read) Luke 2:1-20, then sing Away in a Manger, and then Dad would close in prayer. It was a great way to start off the day by focusing on the true Joy and Hope that we were celebrating!
Another tradition which I picked up from my Mom, and now practice in my own home, is putting out my nativity before any other Christmas decorations go up. Again, it helps me focus on why we celebrate Christmas. I love taking a few moments to think about the various characters of the nativity — Mary’s humility and willingness to be used, Joseph’s fear of God, the shepherd’s eagerness to worship Christ, the wise men’s determination to find the little baby — and of course, Baby Jesus, our precious Salvation and wondrous Redeemer.
A more recent tradition I’ve established is Christmas card intercession. I usually design my own cards, either scrapbook style or on the computer, and send them out to close family and friends. And every year, as I write a short message and address the envelopes, I pray for God’s blessings on the recipients. I love having a concrete reminder to pray for each of them, and love knowing that the cards are going out with more than just a few words… they’re going out with the power of God, as He works through my prayers!
And we have some fun traditions too! Like picking out ornaments for each other — a fun tradition my husband and I both grew up with, and have now carried on into our own family — and a great way to decorate the tree! And ordering pizza for dinner when we celebrate Christmas at home, by ourselves (and the puppy… although she doesn’t get any pizza!).
How about you???
- What are some favorite Christmas traditions? Did you grow up with them, or are they more recent additions to your Christmas season?
- How about your least favorite Christmas traditions? Maybe your family loves them, but you don’t for whatever reason… what are some of those?
- Or maybe you’re trying to form some new traditions, as your family grows and changes… what are you thinking of trying this year?
Let’s talk Christmas!!