Merging Christmas Traditions
Have you and your spouse fought over colored lights vs white lights? How about a live or artificial Christmas tree? Merging traditions requires patience and love!
Christmas stirs up memories for each of us. Uniting two people with different traditions can be challenging.
To create your own traditions, take the best of what you both grew up with. Filter them through the lens of truth. Toss the pagan practices and adopt those that glorify the gift of Jesus.
That’s why we celebrate – with purposeful, memory-building fun.
In all the planning, honor your spouse above yourself and seek harmony. Don’t be easily offended – instead, be willing to cooperate – out of love.
Keep things simple. Don’t break the bank in an effort to celebrate Christmas. Overspending will just create stress – and it’s contrary to what Christ desires in stewards. So, find ways to humbly build traditions. Here’s a few examples:
- Pick a day to decorate and begin advent readings.
- Light advent candles.
- Play and sing carols.
- Read or listen to Christmas books and stories while working Christmas puzzles.
- Drive around and look at lights.
- Attend the Messiah, The Christmas Carol, or Community Concerts.
- Set up your nativity scene keeping Jesus put away until Christmas morning.
- Bake cut-out cookies and a Happy Birthday Jesus cake.
A verse from a German carol goes,
This gift of God, we’ll cherish well, that ever joy our hearts shall fill.
How great our joy! Great our joy! Joy, joy, joy, Joy, joy, joy!
Praise we the Lord in heaven on high! Praise we the Lord in heaven on high!
Start your own traditions and your home will ring with love and joy! focus on Christ and you can’t go wrong!
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