I have been noticing a trend in the last couple of years and I was reminded of this again yesterday. Sometimes we get stuck as we get older with Christmas Gifts. Maybe it is with your adult children or even your spouse you might get stuck. Sometimes we get too traditional. We think we have to buy something we can wrap and place under the tree for Christmas Morning. But what if you thought outside the box and did something different this Christmas. Now, I am not the most creative person in the world so go beyond these suggestions and use your imagination.
1) Give a Gift in memory of a loved one
One of the hardest things at Christmas can be when a loved one is no longer here and they are so many specific traditions tied to that person. Christmas can be a difficult time of experiencing loss all over again. One of the things you can do is give a gift in memory of that person. Perhaps to their church or another place they volunteered at. It will help foster a more positive time instead of just reliving the pain of the loss.
2) Ask for the Gift of Being Together
For several years now people have told me they asked family members to come to church. This was their present. They want their family to know and experience the love of God and the true meaning of Christmas. However, many times invitations are given but they don't come. However, to make it a gift to come has worked quite often. They see the experience as a gift to the person they love. Makes a lot of pressure for the pastor but a great gift.
3) Start a new tradition as a family
Traditions all have a starting point. Why not start a new one this Christmas? It just might be the thing you continue to do for years and years. It also might help you reconnect to the story of Christmas in a fresh new way.
You are all far more creative than me. Use your creativity and lets stop doing things just to do things.
For the last few weeks we have been taking some time looking at familiar Christmas carols and the truths they remind us about Christmas. It is impossible to have enough time to cover all of them. This season is so rich in truth.
Let me give you a few thoughts covering songs we have not covered on Sunday Morning.
1) It came upon a midnight clear.
The phrase I hear over again is the "Angels Sing". That night the Angels sang. They had the privilege to announce the arrival of Christ to earth. A birth which deserved a heavenly proclamation. If angels sang at his birth he tell us there is something special here. Christ has come. God has come to the earth for a visit and the world will never be the same.
2) O Little Town of Bethlehem
Quite often God uses the most unlikely thing to do something great. When David became King God did just that. He took the youngest and the last and the least and made him King. And from that point God made an incredible promise to David. It would be David's line in which the Messiah came. So God used David's hometown. There were better cities and grander cities for Christ to be born. But God chose the lowest and the last and the smallest to make a point. What other town do you know is this small and yet the world knows it exists. God elevates the humble.
3) The Little Drummer Boy
Obviously there were no drummers in the stable that night, but the theme of the song is about giving what we have. The little boy had a drum so he played it for Jesus. He gave his best. He gave all he had. Do we do this? Do we give our best to Jesus? I am afraid many of us give what is leftover. Jesus deserves our best. Take what you have and give your best.
The point of this series is to get us to stop and think about the songs we sing at this time of year. They are filled with deep truth and meaning. Slow down. Let the words penetrate your heart and life.
Jesus Follower, Husband, Father, and Pastor and trying to keep those in the right order....