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Three Ways to Connect at Christmas – Part 1

Three Ways to Connect at Christmas – Part 1

Three Ways to Connect at Christmas – Part 1

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Reading Luke 2 at Foundation Christian SchoolAs the Christmas season bears down upon us many of us begin to feel, well, stressed out.  We lose ourselves in the shopping, planning, cooking, and baking.  All that goes into the celebrations of the season tends to drown out the celebrated of the season – Jesus.

We as parents, like it or not, are the greatest influence on our children.  While they may not do what we say, in so many ways they will inevitably do what we do.  Our actions speak louder than our words.  If we spend our Christmas season caught up in the motions of the celebration – the shopping, and baking, and stressing – our kids will as well.

Let me suggest one way to curb our bad Christmas habits.  This December take the time as a family each week to read some of the Christmas story together.  Set aside time.  Get the whole crew in one room, and read.  Share the reading.  Encourage questions.  Facilitate reflections.  Leave the celebrations at the door, and forget the stress and the to-do list.  This isn’t about all of that.  This is about Jesus.  Perhaps the first week you can read about the Immaculate Conception, and Mary’s Magnificat in Luke 1.  The week before Christmas you might read about His birth in Luke 2:1-14.  On Christmas day, you could take the time to read Luke 2:15-21 about the praising shepherds who visited the child king.

However you do it, and whatever you read, this Christmas let’s remember as parents to model what Christmas celebrations are all about.  Set aside dedicated, intentional time with your kids to talk about Jesus.  Let’s connect with our families around the celebrated, not just the celebrations.  Let’s spend time together with Jesus, and truly celebrate Him as a family!

Stayed tuned for Part 2 and Part 3!

-Matt


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