Using Christmas Traditions to Teach
We can use traditions at Christmas to point back to the birth of Jesus, which is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Choose to look for ways through the holiday season to point back to God’s gift to us. As you are decorating, you can even use these moments as teaching tools. For example as you are trying to get all the knots out of the Christmas lights, ask your children what they think the lights represent. They can represent that Jesus is the light of the world. They can also show that when they are plugged in they can shine brightly. Just like we can’t do anything with out God as our power source but when we are “plugged into Him” we can shine His light.
As you are hanging ornaments you can talk about how the Christmas tree can represent Jesus. It was alive but was cut off for us. Make a game out of seeing who can do the best at finding how each ornament points to Jesus.
We can do this all through the Christmas season in different areas. This is a great way to start teaching our children to look for how God reveals Himself in everyday life. Again, as your children are leaving home what do you want their Christmas memories to be? This year choose to keep Jesus the center of Christmas.