Traditionally, the Christmas story revolves around four words: love, peace, hope, and joy. This list is about Christmas joy. Throughout the world, the month of December turns into a spending frenzy as millions of people, regardless of their thoughts about the baby Jesus, pour more money than they can afford into a gift-buying extravaganza.
At the end of the day, what people are trying to buy is happiness for their loved ones. So what should we do? How can we bring Christmas joy to our families? And, how can we add a little love, hope, and peace while we’re at it? Consider the following 10 words to bring Christmas joy to your family.
It’s always more fun and more rewarding to give. Seek out opportunities to give as a family. Let generosity be one of your family’s commitments.
The presence of a father can give children a great sense of security or produce terrible anxiety. Temper your reactions and control your emotions. Pour every family decision through the filter of “Will this promote peace in this family?”
Put others ahead of yourself as a matter of routine. You’ll be happier if you do. Look for people in your life, in addition to your children, who you can bless.
There are plenty of people who are struggling this year. Find a family project that brings hope to someone else this Christmas.
Don’t miss the central truth about Christmas. Make sure your family centers activities around the true meaning of Christmas. This time of year will mean so much more.
Christmas is the lynchpin of the greatest story ever told. Share the story with your family as you set out the decorations. Don’t skip the most important part of Christmas.
Think about joy as a gift you can share with others. Remember those who don’t know freedom and who live in fear. Share this joy by opening your home to those who are sad.
Plan at least one fun event each week in December. Christmas is a celebration, not a chore. Don’t let the busyness spoil the fun.Christmas is a celebration, not a chore. Don’t let the busyness spoil the fun.
When the Beatles sang “Can’t Buy Me Love,” they knew what they were talking about. Love is the primary gift your family needs from you.
If you say you are going to do something, then follow through. Make sure your kids know they can count on you—not for presents, not just for fun today, but for the future.
Sound off: What are some other ways you can bring joy to your family this Christmas?
Huddle up with your kids and ask, “What would you want this Christmas if we told you we didn’t have any money for presents?”