christmas traditions with kara
As many families do, we find ourselves struggling at Christmastime to make sure our kids know and understand the “reason for the season.” Don’t get me wrong! We absolutely love this time of year – Christmas movies, hot chocolate, night time drives looking at Christmas lights, the festive music playing wherever you go, the anticipation of Santa Claus and his Christmas Eve visit. It is such a magical time of year. However, with ever-growing Christmas lists, parties and events to attend, baking, shopping, gift-giving, and decorating, it’s easy to see where things can get a bit muddled and why our kids might lose sight of the importance of the holiday. Heck, it’s easy to see why us adults struggle sometimes as well!
Just this past Thanksgiving, my mother gifted us a nativity set that I absolutely adore. I haven’t ever found one over the years that fits my style preference, but this hand-carved one was absolutely perfect. It also came with a book called Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas by Emily Belle Freeman. The book includes a small chapter on each person who was a part of Christ’s birth, and the idea is to read one each night and see the nativity and story come together.
As a family we decided that we would choose seven different nights throughout the month of December leading up to Christmas Day and spend time learning about each important person. While it has been hard sometimes to keep everyone listening, they have loved learning about each person and what role they played in the birth of Christ. And we have loved the feeling these evenings bring to our home. Our nativity is coming together and on Christmas Eve we will complete it as we remember the true meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate it.
While this is a brand-new tradition for us this year, we have every intention of continuing it for many years to come. My hope is that it will be a fond memory that my own children look back on as time we spent together as a family and making sure that through the hustle and bustle of the holiday fun, we remember why it is we celebrate Christmas.