Thursday, December 17, 2020

Traditions…Old and New

Thursday, December 17, 2020 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

TraditionsOld and New
Traditions are a big part of Christmas for most people. So many of our traditions have already been replaced this year by Stay at Home orders at Easter and Thanksgiving. Many of our Christmas traditions will look a little different this year as well. Some families will choose to not come together in a large group. Some churches will not have Christmas Eve services. Many school programs have been cancelled and I saw Santa literally in a bubble! He was in a big plastic bubble with some fake snow. You could walk up to it and wave and get your picture taken, but not on his lap, not this year.

Not only are traditions a big part of our Christmas celebrations, but they are also a big part of gift giving as well. I love to give my kids pajamas on Christmas Eve. Some people want every person to have the same number of gifts to open. And some have even more specific traditions about what they give their loved ones for Christmas. But this year is a year that has broken all the rules and has no precedent. This is a good year to start a new tradition.

While everything is looking a little different, why not start some new traditions – spending less and giving more. Spending less money and giving more of ourselves. When we give more – from our hearts – it brings the focus back to Christ. It is the overflowing of our hearts full of His love that enables us to give more of ourselves. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

This love that God gave us, this perfect gift that was wrapped in swaddling clothes rather than beautiful wrapping paper tied up with a bow. This love is the beginning of love and this love is the perfect gift for us to pass on to others. There are so many ways we can show Jesus to others this season - and every season from now on. First, you have to know this love, accept this love, and be filled with this love before you can share it. It's 2020. People need love, time, presence, and moments more than they need anything else. It has been a hard year, being separated from loved ones and friends and have we not all discovered what the truly meaningful and important things in life are? And none of them can be bought, wrapped, and put under the tree. 

Call a neighbor, bake some cookies, drop off a meal, spend some time together. Share the love of Jesus - the greatest gift ever given - with all those around you this year. Make some new traditions, traditions that point to Him. Maybe Christmas might look a little different this year, but it may be the most meaningful Christmas you have had in years. 

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