Tomorrow Travis and I are celebrating Christmas with our children. I’m not usually one to go for opening gifts before Christmas Day–and at this time in years past I’m pretty sure we hadn’t even started our shopping yet–but we are really excited to spend the day focusing on the birth of Christ, family time, and new traditions.
The new traditions part has me a little worked up, I must admit. As the mom and wife, I guess I feel a self-induced pressure to make the day as memorable as possible and to set some fun traditions that can be carried on through the years. I have to keep reminding myself that the main point of Christmas is the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and not the food we will eat, the clothes we will wear, or the special activities we will do. Still, I think it is fun and healthy to have family traditions, especially at Christmas time. We are a unit, and I think the right kinds of traditions accompanied by a correct understanding of the meaning of Christmas will only make us a stronger unit.
I guess I still don’t know exactly what our day will look like tomorrow, but I know that my prayer is that Christ would be at the center of it.
Thank you, God, for sending Your Son to be born as a man, to live and serve among us, and ultimately to die for our sins. May You, Jesus, be the focus of our family both this Christmas time and always.