Traditionally, the Christmas story turns 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, irrespective 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. Let generosity be your family by-word. “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)
Pour every family decision through the filter of, “Will this promote peace in this family?” “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
3. Others First.
Put others ahead of yourself as a matter of routine. Believe us, you’ll be happier too. “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)
Find a family project that brings hope to someone else this Christmas. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Don’t miss the central truth about Christmas. Make sure your family centers activities around a faith community. “That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:5)
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. “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6:7)
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. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)
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. “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” (Luke 2:20)
When the Beatles sang, “Can’t buy me love,” they knew what they were talking about. Love is the only gift that your family wants from you. “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3:14)
Make sure your family knows they can count on you. Not for presents, not just for fun today, but for the future. “For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (Acts 2:29)
Huddle Up Question
Huddle up with your kids tonight and ask: What would you want this Christmas if we told you we didn’t have any money for presents?