Celebrating the birth of our Savior should be a highlight of our year, but for so many adults, Christmas is a dreaded time of frenzy. I want to restore the wonder in the most wonderful time of the year!
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“Oooh! There’s some!” “Oh, snowmen!” “A Santa on that house!” “I see more!” “Oooh, oooh! There’s some more!” “Mommy, look!!!”
This is what I hear from my backseat every single time we drive through town in the evenings. Every time. This is the first year that Aidan has gotten really excited about Christmas lights, and boy does he get excited. We see the same lights every time we drive our main routes, and Aidan giggles and shouts gleefully every single time. Even after a couple weeks of seeing the lights, his excitement has not waned. And it’s contagious.
I remember loving the atmosphere of Christmas as a kid, and even as a young adult. The lights, the songs, the buzz of excitement in the air. But somewhere along the line, as the holiday season filled up with work and activities and responsibilities and … busyness … I lost the wonder of Christmas.
But watching it in my son is renewing that wonder in me. It’s giving me a fresh look at Christmas through the eyes of someone still wide-eyed and open-hearted enough to enjoy it as it should be enjoyed. When I see Aidan’s excitement and enthusiasm, it reminds me to look at it the same way. To look past the shopping and tasks and commitments and appreciate the beauty and the magic of the season. The most wonderful time of the year.
IS IT THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR?
A few weeks ago, I had the thought, “I’m ready for Christmas to be over.” The thought took me aback, and I was shocked and disappointed in myself. I’m way too young to be that “Scrooge-ish” about Christmas! How had I become so bah-hum-bug??
That thought was a bit of a wake-up call for me. It made me realize that I had let the busyness of the season (and it is unavoidably extra busy) steal my joy from the season. And that is just wrong. Because Christmas is a celebration of Jesus Christ – and if there was ever a reason to make a season bright, that would be it.
But I have a feeling I’m not alone. As the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” … but is it for you? Have you lost that sense of excitement and eager anticipation? Is the wonder missing from your Christmas?
If so, I want to help you get it back.
There are lots of awesome posts and devotionals about keeping your focus on Christ at Christmas (I reviewed an AWESOME one last week), and I would definitely encourage you to remember to do that.
But keeping the wonder in Christmas doesn’t have to be completely spiritual and religious. Doing things that are simply fun and festive help keep the wonder alive, as well. They bring us closer as a family and they bring us joy. They help us slow down and they help us savor the season. And those are all things that bring honor and value to the greatest gift worth celebrating.
So this Christmas, do a little time traveling. Journey back in your memory to Christmas as a child. Remember the wonder and excitement that filled your heart at every light, sound, and sight. Or, if you have young kids like I do, watch their enthusiasm and match it with your own.
Celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior should be the highlight of our year (well, that and Easter, of course), but for so many adults it’s a dreaded month of frenzy and exhaustion. I know it was starting to become that for me. But seeing the season through Aidan’s eyes reminded me of how Christmas was meant to be enjoyed. And it inspired me to restore the wonder in the most wonderful time of the year. Because if anyone deserves a joy-filled birthday celebration, it’s Jesus.
25 FAMILY ACTIVITIES TO MAKE THE SEASON BRIGHT
Here are a few fun holiday activities to help make the season bright:
- Make homemade hot cocoa
- Drive around and look at lights (one of my favorite Christmas activities!!)
- Go to a Christmas candlelight concert or service
- Make a gingerbread house
- Make popcorn or paper garlands for the tree
- Bake Christmas cookies (Here are a few tips!)
- Go Christmas caroling
- Watch a Christmas movie
- Donate to a toy drive or participate in Toys For Tots, Giving Tree, Angel Tree, etc.
- Deliver handmade goodies to your neighbors
- Send out (or deliver) Christmas cards
- Make paper snowflakes
- Do family advent activities
- Get new Christmas jammies
- Make a Christmas craft
- Read Christmas stories
- Make snow angels, snowmen, forts, etc.
- Visit a nursing home and sing Christmas songs
- Make homemade Christmas ornaments
- Visit a Christmas tree farm
- Start a family tradition of a specific dish or meal
- Go on a horse-drawn carriage ride
- Read the Christmas story aloud
- Play Christmas music (This is our current favorite)
- “Deck the Halls” together
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