Here’s a Christmas activity you can have with your family and friends as the holidays kick in high gear.
Traditions are customs and practices we do in a repeated pattern.
Now there are traditions that have become totally useless and outdated but there are those that are good to continue because they bring meaning and purpose to why we do what we do.
Recently, my wife posted a picture of our Advent Night as a family. As a result, we got several inquiries about how we do ours and why we do Advent Nights.
Traditions have a way of perpetuating values. Since the value of Christmas is important – Jesus coming to become like one of us so that He can take our place as a sacrifice as payment for our sins.
When we visit the malls these days, it is not uncommon to see reindeer, Santa, Frosty, candy cane, Gingerbread man, Rudolph, Little Drummer Boy, and many other icons of Christmas. These can blur the main reason why we celebrate Christmas. Certain Christmas traditions can aid us to remind ourselves and our children how the first Christmas came about.
Here are a few videos posted on our Victory Fort website we (Jenn and I) made together with Pastor Joey and Marie Bonifacio to share with you on how you can build your own Christmas Traditions. We pray it will be helpful as you celebrate Christmas this year.
Advent comes from the Latin word that means ‘arrival.’
Every year, our family come together once a week to journey through the story of the first Christmas to refresh our memory and remind us the purpose God had in sending His only Son into the world.
We invited some of the singles from church. For some of them, it was the
first time they’ve experienced something like that. We sang a couple of songs, Janina read a portion of the Christmas story, particularly the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem and then the moment when Jesus was born.
Then we talked about a few of the insights we got from reading the Christmas story. It was interesting to hear the things that spoke to us. We’ve heard the story and read it so many times but we still are able to get new revelations from it.
I shared about the prophecy made by Micah hundreds of years before Jesus was to be born, that from the town of Bethlehem, the Messiah was to come. God prompted Caesar Augustus to issue a decree for a census to be taken. It was pretty amazing how God orchestrated the events leading up to the birth of Jesus. His birth became to pinnacle of human history and calendar, dividing B.C. from A.D.
If God is able to orchestrate the events of the most important event in history (HIS STORY), then wouldn’t you think it would be so easy for God to orchestrate events in your life and thereby leaving no room for us to worry?
He is Savior, He is Lord… and HE IS GOD.
Merry Christmas everyone!