Keeping the focus on the reason for this holiday season isn’t always easy. There are lots of distractions like Santa, movies, parties, gifts, etc.. The list could go on and on. These distractions aren’t bad things but they tend to add to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. And when we get busy it’s easy to forget, or at least put on the back burner, the little baby whose birth we celebrate.
I know for myself and our boys we have to be purposeful about reiterating that Jesus is the reason for the season. We read stories about baby Jesus, talk to the boys about the meanings of Christmas hymns, and we display a nativity (or 2) every year. This year we visited a living nativity that a local church puts on every year. It was AMAZING and such a good visual for the boys. I see this becoming a yearly tradition for our family.
Most importantly to keep Jesus as the focus for the Christmas season every Christmas Eve we read the story of baby Jesus’ birth from the bible. I always read about the shepherds as it is my favorite part.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (Luke 2:8-20 ESV)
Despite all the busyness I encourage you all to take a moment to remember that there would be no Christmas without Jesus and that His life is the best reason to celebrate this season.