My wife and I went out for our requisite Christmas shopping the other day and we bought gifts for our kids, our daughters-in-law, and most certainly, for our granddaughters. We just finished decorating our living room and the front deck – and even as I write this, my wife is in the kitchen baking this year’s batch of Christmas cookies. Our church has scheduled the usual Christmas concert and children’s Christmas program – and we’re trying to figure out how to juggle our family Christmas time with church services since this year’s holiday is on a Sunday.
In other words – this year’s Christmas seems to be “business as usual.” Retailers need “Black Friday” to end the year in the black financially. Families have long-standing traditions; and churches, with pure motives certainly, are trying to fit the traditional programs into overly busy schedules surrounding the Christmas season.
I don’t know about you, but Christmas seems normal, typical, and traditional.
The birth of Christ changed everything – and the world would never be the same.
So, let’s think about our “business as usual” approach to Christmas this year. Maybe it’s time to do something different – something that is actually special and unique – maybe even radical. You can come up with the practical ideas. Talk to your family, mention the concept to your youth group and see what you come up with to make this year’s Christmas truly something extraordinary.
Maybe it’s fitting somehow that we will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on a Sunday!
(This article originally appeard in the VFY Resource Newsletter.)