The Gift of Tradition

A big complaint that you hear this time of year is that Christmas is over commercialized and I certainly agree with that. My question is what are you doing about it? (I’ll pause for a moment to give you an opportunity to think about it).

When our kids were small Christmas wasn’t about them, it was about Jesus – His birthday was the focus of our celebration. Yes, they did get presents from family and friends but our hearts were set on giving. We would go shopping for dolls and trucks and then pack them in a big box and send them off to a ministry that gave them to orphanages. One year, our youngest, had a Christmas party inviting her friends and asked them each to bring a toy that could be given to Toys for Tots and our churches often had “Angel Trees” where we could chose to buy something for a child.

Another thing, we had a tree but it wasn’t our focus. The Nativity was the highlight of our Christmas decorating. It was large and filled a table top. Today it is still one of the first, if not the only, things that is placed when I decorate.

I told you a few days ago about the candy canes and giving them out while you were out doing your normal shopping. And of course, the first thing we do on Christmas morning is open the Bible and read the Christmas story. Even now when it’s just Dave and I we still read the Christmas story. One year we were streaming live with our kids and grandkids so that they could have Pappy read the Christmas story.

I encourage you to share with us your “Christ-centered” Christmas traditions. Tradition is good. It serves as a reminder of meaningful times. In fact the Bible is filled with traditional celebrations and the Lord said those celebrations were to be a reminder to His people of the way He provided for them in the past. We are the ones that must keep the true meaning of Christmas alive in our hearts and the hearts of our children and grandchildren.

” Then Joshua said to the people, “Now you have heard the Lord’s words. So you must respect the Lord and sincerely serve him. Throw away the false gods that your ancestors worshiped. That was something that happened a long time ago on the other side of the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Now you must serve only the Lord. 15 “But maybe you don’t want to serve the Lord. You must choose for yourselves today. Today you must decide who you will serve. Will you serve the gods that your ancestors worshiped when they lived on the other side of the Euphrates River? Or will you serve the gods of the Amorites who lived in this land? You must choose for yourselves. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” 16 Then the people answered, “We will never stop following the Lord. We will never serve other gods!” Joshua 24:14-16 ERV