Noel Piper had an excellent idea (in my opinion) for a Christmas tradition over on the Desiring God blog a few days ago. I have no children – or even a house of my own! – so I am sharing the idea with you all.
She suggested having a small tree or branch set aside to be the ‘Jesus Tree’ during the Christmas season. Every ornament on this tree needed to relate to Jesus in someway – be it a little cow from the stable where he was born to a disco ball symbolizing the light that Jesus brought to the world and the multifaceted aspects to His person to a figure of the globe.
I thought it would be an excellent thing to do with younger children. You could have them be responsible for decorating the tree, but with the stipulation that they must explain to you how each decoration reminds them of Jesus first. Its a great way to have discussions with your kids and see where their minds are. What child is not interested in decorating a tree?
It is also another excellent way of keeping in strict focus the point of Christmas – not presents, not fun decorations, not cookies, not Christmas carols, not time off school – Jesus’ birth.
Please take the time to read Noel’s article that I linked to above. She includes a few more details than I have, including many creative suggestions of ornaments that can be included on the tree. Do you have some creative ideas of how you and your family keep Jesus at the center of Christmas? Please share in the comments.