Now we all want the little ones to have fun, of course, but we need to use all of the added "fun stuff" that we have created in a way where it also clearly tells the story of the birth of Christ to them in words that they will be sure to understand. Make it a birthday party for the Christ Child and celebrate with them what His life was all about. Teaching that story is the foundation of our requirement as Christian parents to help them develop their faith in and devotion to Jesus Christ as they assume their positions in life as good, moral and believing citizens.
But what about us grown folks? What else can we do to make certain that we also keep Christ foremost in everything we do, both for Christmas and throughout the year. Well, we have all the tools that we need right at hand. We can pray, read the Bible and attend community worship as a major part of our family celebrations, for these things keep our faith active and alive within us. It’s easy to make the excuse that we don’t have time, but don’t allow yourself to cop out. Discipline yourself instead.
We might also try the following suggestion to jog our memory when needed. After all, since we are frail humans and sinners to boot, maybe a look at the picture and our thoughts about what it says to us can jar us to pay attention to our faithful commitments. It's a picture timeline of Jesus' short thirty-three-year life span on earth, from his beginning in a manger, through toddler and youth stages, to his time as a teacher, preacher and healer. It led up to his ultimate sacrifice on the Cross so that we all might have the opportunity to live forever through our belief in Him. It's a powerful message when we realize that He was a flesh and blood human during those years while also the Son of God as well as a part of Him in the Holy Trinity, tempted and teased, ridiculed and physically abused and loved and hated as has happened to many courageous believers in the faith in the history of the world. Yet, despite His godly powers with which he could have avoided the pain and suffering, He went through a most brutal death for all of us and it all started in that humble manger in a lowly stable. And that's the real message that is offered up by this holiday, Christmas, which celebrates the beginning of His mission here on earth.
So have fun, but do it right. Enjoy the trappings while we remember the wonders and glories of that first Christmas. In so doing, our Christmas will be brighter and its true gift to all of us can never be forgotten. It’s a masterful work of a loving God and it should be something that we remember every time we say “Merry Christmas” throughout this season. But don’t let the Spirit of Christmas die come Twelfth Night. Keep it alive in your heart always.