Welcome to week one of the most wonderful time of the year!
The Christmas season can be a little chaotic here at my house. With decorating, shopping, and a half-dozen Pinterest projects vying for my attention, I often find myself off course. I do so much, yet so little of it actually matters in the lives of my children.
This year, my desire is to be more intentional about communicating Christ’s love to my family. Will you join me in seeking to reflect the heart of Jesus to your children, as you light up their world with love this Christmas?
Here’s the plan, my friends:
- Teach (and re-teach) the story of Jesus! There are several beautiful Advent or Jesse Tree books you can use to make this easy. We are using Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp this year, and we enjoy Truth in the Tinsel for the preschool years.
- Spend time playing with your children. Instead of searching Amazon for the greatest new toy, spend time together playing with their old favorite toys and games. Your time and attention is the best gift you can give this Christmas.
- Make fun traditions together! Your children will likely forget the new Christmas recipe you try this year, the perfectly wrapped presents, and the Pinterest-worthy decorations. However, your yearly traditions, regardless of simplicity or silliness, will become some of the building blocks of their childhood memories.
- Speak LIFE over them. We need to make words of love the carol we sing daily this Christmas! It is easy for me to get snippy when I am busy, but it is my words that will form how my boys view themselves (and their Savior too). Will you join me in my goal for this December: to make a habit of speaking love, every word, every day?
- Smile! My children’s happiness this season will be impacted more by the joy I demonstrate than by any other fun holiday experience I provide. I want my face and my actions to shine the light of my Savior’s love!
Tara Davis and the Help Club For Moms Team
“All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.” Dr. David Jeremiah