What are your holiday traditions? Do you gather around the game every Thanksgiving and cheer for your favorite team? Hike into the woods to find the perfect Christmas tree? Sip hot cocoa while you decorate it? Make your great-grandma’s almost world-famous gingerbread?
Traditions are great! I treasure each and every one that my family has—from our day-after-Thanksgiving movie breakfast to singing carols while my mom plays the piano on Christmas Eve. But, sometimes, I wonder if while I’m working so hard to create a festive holiday spirit, I’m forgetting that the spirit of the holidays is Christ—and that as a parent, I need to work to infuse everything we do, say or celebrate with His amazing love.
So, this year, I have a challenge for you: Infuse Christ into your holiday traditions. Not simply by talking about Jesus or telling your kids that He is the reason for the season, but by focusing on the characteristics of Christ in everything you do. So, from now until Christmas, I’m going to explore on godly characteristic—gratefulness, love, joy, peace, faithfulness—on my blog each week and share with you some ideas on how you can get your kids thinking about these godly characteristics as they enjoy the holiday season.
This week: Joyfulness
Scriptural Foundation: Psalm 100
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Today, we made joylights.
I got the idea off of Pinterest so it’s not my own, but we made a little twist in the project. Today, we talked about how Christ’s light is our joy… and how everytime we see our joylights sparkling, we can remember Christ’s love.
Here’s how we did it:
1. Buy 6 glass jars (any size). We used tealight holders.
2. Use a foam paintbrush to coat the jars in Mod Podge.
3. Roll the coated jars in Epsom salts.
4. Dry 1 hour, then repeat.
5. Drop tealights or other candles in the jars and light them.
6. Talk about how Christ’s love sparkles and shines during the holiday season… and light your joylights often to remind your children of the joy we can get from Christ.