Today I am thrilled to welcome my friend, Rebekah, as a guest on my little blog. I just know you will be blessed by what she has to say!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and not just because that’s a great lyric for a fun, seasonal song, but because it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. This is the time we focus on God, what He did for us in sending Jesus, and remembering the importance of the baby who would become our Savior!
The most wonderful time of the year and Family Traditions
This is the time of year for family traditions. That looks different in each of our homes, but the fact remains that this is the time of year, more than any other, where we do things as a family. We discuss traditions from last year, we often re-evaluate traditions to see what we may need to do differently, and we spend our time together.
The older I get, the more I like the traditions. My youngest is 7 this year, and she has started asking for some of her favorite traditions this year. She wants to decorate the tree while eating her favorite Christmas candy. Once she gets started in her acknowledgement of traditions, the boys follow suit and ask for some of their favorite traditions.
For me, though, the best part is that they’re asking more for our family traditions than for gifts.
Each year, as we consider our traditions, it’s a great time to also look back and see how far we’ve come as a family. Some of our traditions were impossible just a few years ago, due to one of our kids’ needs. The beautiful part of our traditions, though, is to see how far he has come – how much he can do now, that he could not do a few years ago.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – as we eat our Christmas candy, pile in the van to see the Christmas lights, spend too much time watching too many Christmas movies, and soak up all the family togetherness that we can stand!
Celebrating Jesus during the most wonderful time of the year
Even better than all of this, though, are the traditions we have that focus on the true reason for the season. Each year we participate in Operation Christmas Child and pack shoe boxes for kids around the world. We join in activities at church where the focus is not the gifts, not the craziness that Christmas morning can bring, but rather on the utter peace and quiet that Jesus can place in our hearts.
As the season seems to get a little more hectic with each passing day, I turn to our traditions to help us focus and find our peace in Jesus.
What are some of your family’s favorite traditions? How can you use them as a blessing this year, rather than just as “one more thing to accomplish”? Let’s truly make this the most wonderful time of the year! Merry Christmas, friends!
Rebekah and her husband make their home together in Pennsylvania. She is a homeschooling mother to their three children, including one with special needs. She is fiercely in love with Jesus first, and then her husband and family. Her hobbies include drinking coffee, spending time with her family, knitting, writing, and fellowship with friends. She has followed her God-given call to writing, to encouraging, and to offering support to women in their various roles. She offers encouragement for real life, and a place of respite for when life becomes overwhelming. She shares her perspective on everyday life because it’s in the realities of life that common bonds are found. You can find her blog at Journeying Outside My Box.