Christmas seems bigger every year. Bigger presents. Bigger parties. Bigger trees. Bigger decorations.
Sometimes I just want to hide from it. I want to give gifts only to Jesus. I want to have a simple Christmas. I want to make popcorn garlands and get a penny and a peppermint stick in my stocking like Laura Ingalls.
I don’t want my kids’ eyes as big as saucers when they come down the stairs on Christmas morning. I don’t want them overly tired and cranky from too much Christmas candy and too many Christmas parties.
I want them to know the big deal of Christmas is Jesus. I want to stack up everything that Christmas “requires”: trees, gifts, parties, cards, wrapping and matching outfits and make sure it looks small compared to the gift of Jesus.
When we make a big deal of Jesus by focusing on Him for 24 days, reading His story for an entire month, meditating on His gift to us, we’ll make Him bigger. The big deal of Christmas will become big in the hearts of your children. It will be a big deal that will stay with them their entire lives—making Jesus the Big Deal of their lifetime.
Let’s do it—make Christmas a big deal. Go all out—focusing on Jesus, making His name great and honoring Him this year. I think Truth in the Tinsel is a great way to do this (of course!), but what’s another way your family makes a big deal of the Christ of Christmas?
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