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.
Jesus Follower, Husband, Father, and Pastor and trying to keep those in the right order....