In all of our minds, we have the vision of what the perfect Christmas will look like. In this vision everyone is smiling, everyone is well rested, the house is perfectly decorated and our children are like well-behaved angels. Sadly, if your home is like mine this is not the actual picture that you have stored in your memory from your past few years. It isn’t really because we aren’t trying to have that perfect vision. Instead, it is because we have forgotten that there is no such thing as perfect.
In the past few years, Pinterest has done a great job of showing us how to have a perfect Christmas. We need to have that perfect DIY Christmas tree. We have to stay in the kitchen for hours on end making special homemade and don’t forget completely organic treats. Pinterest and other social media outlets cause us to stress more, force us to overextend our actual abilities.
Don’t get me wrong, not all these things are bad. In fact, some of the things can bring us hours of enjoyment. They only cause conflict when they begin to consume our time and efforts; when they cause us to lose sight of what is truly important.
This year I have a challenge for you. A challenge that doesn’t demand perfection, but instead, it is a challenge that helps you and your family seek out all the wonder that Christmas has to offer.
Discovering Christmas Joy Challenge
- Discover as a family some sort of missionary activity that you all can get involved in together. The secret here is to not only volunteer at Christmas, but to make it a regular commitment. In doing so, you and your family will develop a passion for that ministry because together you will be serving for a long time.
- Dare to allow yourselves to say no to an overpacked schedule. The key is here to realize that you do not have to attend every single event that you and your family is invited to. Instead, as a family unit pick just a few obligations and then stick with it.
- Dive into a Christ-centered Christmas devotional together. A Christ-centered Christmas devotional will help renew all your hearts and to help you focus on what is truly important.
- Choose to make memories this Christmas season. Find something as a family that you can do together. Maybe it is Christmas caroling as a family, baking cookies together, having a family Christmas movie night or even simply driving around looking at the neighborhood Christmas lights. Whatever you choose, just do it together!
Christmas is supposed to be a time filled with wonder and joy. I think it is time that we all get that wonder and joy back. I pray that this little challenge will help you and your family to have a Christ-filled Christmas filled with nothing but joy and wonder.
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