Christmas Reflections: Celebrating Sweet Baby Jesus

Christmas. It is my favorite time of the year. I love everything about this season…the excitement, the fun, experiencing new and old family traditions, watching Christmas shows/movies, eating all kinds of delicious foods…not ordinarily consumed during the year, and the joy of celebrating my Savior’s birth, death and resurrection.

No, I am not combining Christmas and Easter. I think Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate what Jesus was, is and is to come. We are all, myself included, consumed with the story of Christ’s birth…for good reason. It is an AMAZING testimony of God’s faithfulness. It will always be one of my favorite events to read of in the Bible.

This year as we read about a young virgin girl named Mary who gave birth to God’s son and we sing songs of wise men traveling afar…let us not forget that this sweet little baby’s birth we are celebrating, is a baby who – was born to die, born to conqueror, and born to reign.

The sweet little baby Jesus we see lying in the manger, is the same baby who will grow up to bear ALL the weight and ugliness of sin. Our sin. That means my sin. That means your sin too. No matter how “good” you/we are, you/we have sin. This Christmas, I want to thank God for making the unthinkable sacrifice of giving the world His perfect Son, His precious little baby, born in a stable. The world that would beat, torture, mock, and, ultimately, kill His Son. A sacrifice…for me; for you.

This Christmas, I want to celebrate the baby that was born to conqueror. That sin of mine, that is too shameful to bear, is no longer mine to carry. The sweet little baby would grow up and pay the price for my sin. He came to not only carry that sin with him on the cross, but to fight it in His death. Jesus, conquered sin and shame. What an amazing thing to celebrate this Christmas.

Finally, I want to celebrate the sweet little baby Jesus that grew up to reign. He reigns in my heart and in my soul. One day soon, he will come back for His bride and reign over all. What a wonderfully amazing day that will be.

This Christmas, I urge you to truly celebrate Jesus. There is so much more to celebrate about the birth of Jesus than that one night in a lowly stable.

Christmas Traditions: Hide and Read

Last year I found, on Pinterest I’m sure, a fun little idea where you wrap a book for your kids to open every day for the 25 Days of Christmas. I really wanted to do it, but like always, was making it to be more complicated than it should be and passed on it.

This year, I was determined to do it. I counted how many Christmas books I had at home and headed off to Half-Price Books to obtain more (I had just sold a bunch of books to them!), so that I had 25 books in all to wrap. I was so excited to get started.

December 1st finally arrived. Tree was up, we found advent Bible verses to do with our son, Christmas movies were now in full swing…it was the day to start our book opening fun. Except, it just didn’t feel fun to say…”here is a book to open.” I wanted something fun to do besides just open a book.

Since my son’s FAVORITE game is hide and seek…I decided to incorporate that into this whole book opening thing.

Every night, I tell him a present his hiding and he has to go find it. So, every night, off he goes in search of his “hiding” present.

He even searches in the most unlikely of places…

Eventually, he does finally find it…

He and his sister will unwrap the gift…

And will then have a new book to be read that night…(Llama Llama Holiday Drama)

Either Daddy or I will read it…

Then…we have some sort of activity to do afterwards that goes along with the book…

Here is a look at this weeks fun!

Our activity is sometimes as simple as coloring a picture that goes with the book…(Muddypaw’s First Christmas)

Handprint Christmas tree…(The Spirit of Christmas)

Watching a Christmas movie and eating a snack…(If You Take a Mouse to the Movies)

Making a book…(No Room at the Inn)

Or painting a snowman with finger paint (Snowmen at Night)

What I love about this…it can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. Also, there is no need in stressing about not having enough books of your own. Checking out books from the library (and returning them) is a fun way to do it and save some money if you do not have 25 books. This could also be just a 7 day countdown to Christmas too, it doesn’t necessarily have to be 25 days. Whatever you do, make the tradition yours and have FUN making memories with your kiddos.