Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Soon-To-Be Christmas Tradition

One of my favorite Christmas memories happened the year before Alise was born. Our Bible Study group gathered together in front of the Christmas tree with white tapered candles and read the Christmas story from the Bible. After a section of verses were read, the reader would then light her candle from the flame of the previous reader until all the candles were lit. Then we prayed and blew out our candles. It was such a sweet and somber moment…just time to stop and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

This Christmas Eve, I plan for us to sit in front of the tree as a family and read the story to Alise from the Bible. She has lots of books that tell the story, but I want her to understand that the story of Jesus’ birth is really in God’s Word. I know she’ll have some questions. Once when we were talking about it, she said, “But, Mommie, I don’t understand what ‘engaged’ means.” I couldn’t help but laugh and think how child-like we are to God sometimes, too.

Reading the Christmas story on Christmas Eve can become a great family tradition every year! Even if you think your children are not old enough for the Bible version, a story book would still work well. Anything to get their little minds wrapped around the real reason for the season. And it doesn’t have to be on Christmas Eve, either. That was the day I personally chose because I hope the meaning will still be fresh on Alise’s mind on Christmas Day. Everyone in the family can take turns reading the story and always welcome your children’s questions.

If you’re interested in reading The Christmas story with your family this Christmas, it can be found in Luke 2:1-20.

Merry CHRISTmas!

1 comment:

  1. That sounds like a wonderful tradition. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!