Ah November…you run into the store to grab a couple of items only to be bombarded by Santa, reindeer, and elves who claim to be mysteriously watching you all the time, keeping track of your good deeds and bad! Christmas is in the air once again and the stores are certainly ready…are you?
I am challenged each season to consider how I will stay focused on Christ and celebrate all that is true of his amazing gospel. I find this particularly challenging as a mom in a world that continually undermines our efforts by celebrating jolly fictional characters who give out tons of chocolate and toys, invite us to make lists of all the things we wish to receive, and that our actions and choices will determine how much we will be given!
Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper is an excellent book to begin thinking through why and how we create traditions in our homes. She begins by defining traditions, why they are important, and what they can teach. Noel then gives attention to everyday “routines”, special holiday traditions, and a chapter each on Christmas and Easter. She shares personal stories from traditions in her home both growing up and as a parent, along with practical suggestions and recipes that have been loved for generations.
This is a great resource to begin thinking through the traditions in our homes. We all come from different backgrounds, where some have fond memories of how a particular event is celebrated every year, while others did not grow up with any consistent family life, let alone a special way to celebrate something. In Christ, the amazing truth is that we are a new creation with a new identity in him. We have the privilege of reflecting on the past and carrying on those traditions that honor him. We also get the blessing of creating new ways to celebrate the truths of Scripture both in our daily routines and on special holidays throughout the year.
The book is available as a free download at Desiring God, or you can purchase a hard copy online.