Are you experiencing it? That hustle and bustle that arrives with the Christmas season can be so contagious. Are your children experiencing it too?

Our culture has led us to believe in “the more the merrier”: The more Christmas parties, deli trays, decorations, and guests, the more it appears that you are in the “holiday spirit”. ‘

While it is not my intent to play “Scrooge”, it is good to pause and consider what you really want your children to remember about this Christmas season? What does our precious Lord Jesus want them to remember from the celebration of His birth?

It is a tradition in our home to read the Christmas story (Luke 2:1-20) from the Bible prior to eating Christmas dinner. However, it has recently occurred to me that it would be more meaningful to read the Christmas story prior to this holy season to remember just that: It is holy.

Luke records for us that an angel made the announcement of Jesus birth (verse10-11): . . .I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, he is the Messiah, the Lord. This is God’s gift to us: a Savior! I pray that the celebration of Christmas will begin in your hearts as you rejoice in the gift of our Messiah, the holy lamb of God.

As we celebrate the greatest gift of all, Jesus, it’s important to teach our children that Jesus is truly the only gift that keeps on giving! His love is abundant. His grace sufficient. His promises are eternal and forever trustworthy.

As for the hustle and bustle—While preparing for Christmas, take time to celebrate Christ by sharing with your children the many gifts we daily receive from Him. This will help keep your focus on Jesus, making Him truly the “reason for the season.” Also, Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests” is a great Scripture to encourage peace in your children in the midst of what appears to be a hectic season. It is always good to remind ourselves and our children that those who pursue Jesus can experience peace, for He is the prince of peace.