Christmas. The word evokes so many memories. At times as parents we can feel overwhelmed with the to-do-lists, needs and wants of our families. It’s the time of the year while important can leave us feeling overwhelmed.
As a young Mum I remember feeling this way, along with a burden towards my young children who were being taken in with the secular that surrounded us everywhere we went. That was until I attended a Mum’s talk on importance of Christmas traditions .
Dr. Dobson says:‘The great value of traditions comes as they give a family a sense of identity, ‘belongingness’. All of us desperately need to feel that we’re not just a cluster of people living together in a house, but we’re a family that’s conscious of its uniqueness, its personality, character and heritage, and that our special relationships of love and companionship make us a unit with identity and personality.’
Traditions can be created on purpose or evolve over time, they create our family identity and teach our children something of the reality of God in our lives. Special moments don’t just happen they are planned on purpose. Consider creating links between generations so that our children understand the heritage that is theirs. The Lord says I will bless the righteous unto a thousand generations.
Setting up the tree
I loved setting up the tree, so did a little research on colour and its symbolism. We talk about what Christmas means to us with the children and specially how the symbols we have today can point us to Jesus. Here is a sample of things we talk about while placing the ornaments on our tree.
- Evergreen to symbolize the eternal life we have in Christ and God’s eternal love for us demonstrated in sending His Son
- Red—represent His blood shed for you and me. The price He paid.
- Gold—This is His crow in glory as the Son of God
- Purple– His royal robe.
- White – His purity. The Lamb without blemish.
- Star– the star over the manger
- Lights– stars in the heavens at the time of His birth or He is the light of the world.
- Angels– for the heavenly host who sang
- Silver—His promises fulfilled
- Blue– Creation In the beginning He made the heavens and the earth
This tradition is especially dear to me as I know no matter where my children go in the world each time they see any of these colours they will think of these things.
Please share your ornaments with us.