Written by Melody Ackerman
Growing up, my mom outdid herself with holidays. Every holiday had to be celebrated. Christmas was her favorite and each year had to be better than the last.
My first year married, I followed in her footsteps. My husband came from a family who did not do much for any holiday. Poor guy didn't know what hit him. I had decorated every nook and cranny. It felt like you had walked into a Christmas store with all the scents, sounds, and decorations.
We had our first child the second year we were married. I was so eager to make it fun and exciting for him. Much like my mom, it had to be better than the previous year.
A friend of mine invited me to go to a Christmas event at her church. The woman who spoke talked about the importance of keeping Jesus as the center of the Christmas season. I knew that Christmas was about Jesus but, I wasn't quite sure what that had to do with the entire Christmas season. She began talking about Advent and what it means. She explained that we could celebrate Christmas with our kids by having a daily activity and prayer that brings excitement and anticipation. She had so many ideas and handouts that I couldn't wait to put them into practice. We were going to be creating new traditions in our home.
All my children are grown and married now. There are still some of those traditions that we do to this day.
This year you have an opportunity like I did those many years ago. You can bring your family to the Night of Worship on November 19th at 6:30. Begin the evening by thanking God for the greatest gift ever. Afterward, you can enjoy some foyer fun with cocoa, cookies, and a photo booth. We will also have Advent books available for 50% off.
Just think, this could be the start of some lifelong traditions you and your family make. As we head into this next holiday season, let's make sure Jesus is the reason for the season this year.
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