Celebrating the most important birthday ever

December 20, 2012

It’s the last few days to prepare for CHRISTmas 2012. For many of us, the road to this point has been rocky, as communities mourn over numerous tragedies, and particularly the recent events in Newtown, Connecticut.

Three Wreaths on our front door. They are connected with weatherproof scarves.

Three Wreaths on our front door. They are connected with weatherproof scarves.

I was torn whether to Blog  – and then I was reminded that the reason for this whole CHRISTmas affair – is the only hope for those who mourn.

So I am writing to remind others and myself that in the midst of senseless tragedy, God is the only One who can ease the fear, who can diminish the pain, who can bring peace – when there is no human reason for peace. The One True God is the Father of Jesus, and He is the reason for this season.

As you continue your preparations – the shopping and cooking, the eating and cleaning, the visiting others and hosting visitors, the crying and laughing… please remember that this huge celebration is a half-birthday* party, for the Son of God. We give gifts to each other to remember His gift to each of us.

Jesus gives people the way to be reconciled to God. His gift helps us to enjoy the knowledge of good and by His grace to ultimately overcome the knowledge of evil. If we receive Him, we will become the sons and daughters of God – and there is no better gift than that.

So practically speaking here are some ideas to try

Have cake with candles before or after you open your CHRISTmas gifts. (We eat the birthday cake with our breakfast on CHRISTmas morning.)

Open your home to people with the motive to provide a place of emotional “rest” for those who are weary and who carry heavy burdens.

Don’t sweat so many of the detail this year. Eat what you already have. Clean what is really dirty, but ask folks to show grace for the small things. They probably won’t notice.

Play games that create opportunities to talk.

Blow up balloons. Scatter them around the tree or in the dining room. I think birthday parties are better with balloons.Blog Balloon CHRISTmas

Be mindful that we might be allowing loved ones to partake in violence as they interact with video games, movies, and television, etc.  Becoming desensitized to violence is a dangerous thing. Instead let’s make every effort to focus on things that are good, peaceful, kind, funny, thoughtful, and godly.

Eat some healthy foods along with the not so healthy fare.

Pray.

Wishing you a joyous celebrate of His birth…

Home-ista Kelly

* Many Bible scholars believe that Jesus was born in the springtime. The winter CHRISTmas celebration is six months later, and in a sense, a half birthday.

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