I love everything about our Christmas traditions. For my family and I, it’s a time to rest, reconnect, and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Certain holidays more than others create opportunities to make memories and Christmas is one of them. I never realized how important holiday traditions were until I had children. I couldn’t help but reminisce about Christmas traditions growing up in Cote d’Ivoire. Those traditions bring such sweet memories that Hubby and I decided to make special ones with our children.
The true meaning of Christmas is the birth of Jesus and as Christians, we take His birthday to heart. One fun Christmas tradition is having a birthday party for Jesus. He is the reason for the season so we honor Him the best we can by keeping Him at the center of it all. We usually bake a birthday cake that our girls love to decorate. This year we enlisted the help of Whole Foods Market for a special personalized birthday cake for Jesus. The best part is to see my girls’ excitement when they blew the candles on Jesus’ behalf! We also delight on eating His cake while watching our Christmas tradition of watching the movie It’s a wonderful life!
Another tradition of ours is a Christmas kit, we purchased a couple years ago from Family Life, called What God wants for Christmas. Slowly but surely we started a surprisingly wonderful Christmas tradition with our children. For seven nights before Christmas, we enjoy reading about the nativity story. Our children have the opportunity to open one box each night to reveal one nativity figurine. It’s a beautiful and special time of anticipation for our girls. I love to see their excitement each night as we learn together the true meaning of Christmas and that all God really wants for Christmas is us.
Another very special tradition on Christmas is our backpack give away. The gift is special because it epitomizes the giving nature of God’s love to us. We make a special backpack complete with toiletries, energy bars and a Bible for a homeless person. We keep the backpack in the car to bless one homeless person we see in any of our drive around town.
This year, we introduce one Christmas tradition of driving around some part of Connecticut to enjoy Christmas lights displays. This display of dancing lights, compilments of 98.1 FM Lincoln Lights, was a wonderful end to our Christmas traditions.
All I can say is that our girls went to bed thankful to honor Jesus’ birthday as a family. I love nothing more than to store those special WELLthy MOMents in my memory bank knowing that we are leaving a legacy of faith in action to our children.
I Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. What fun family Christmas traditions do you celebrate?