How to Create Your Own Christmas Traditions of Faith
Happy December, dear friends!
Tis the season! As the Christmas holiday settles upon us, all too often our giddy anticipation quickly gives way to busyness. If we’re not careful, our thoughts and actions can shift to simply just "getting through it.” The holiday parties, presents and programs are like competing in an exhausting triathlon—rip off your wet suit it’s time for the bike, throw the bike down, now run, run, run! In the midst of the holiday craze we begin to tell ourselves that as long as we don’t drown, the holidays were a success.
The team here at The Small Seed wants to help you overcome this holiday survival mentality, and so we’ve prepared a Christmas gift just for you.
Throughout the month of December we will be hosting a special series, called “Traditions of Faith.” This series will feature renowned writers and designers who will answer the question, “How do you keep Christ at the center of your Christmas?” Now before you start getting nervous that this will be just one more thing to add to your already overwhelming holiday to-do list, stop! Traditions of Faith are different.
Traditions of Faith are like guideposts, compelling us to pause in the middle of the holiday race, and remember that Christmas isn’t about more. Christmas is about meaning.
The goal of this series is to inspire you to be intentional. It’s to help you be a fierce guardian of your time, and be deliberate in how you choose to celebrate. You’re welcome to adopt any traditions that we share which resonate with you, but most importantly, we hope these stories will help you keep Christ at the center of your thoughts and focus during this Christmas season.
Before we dive into the series, we want to invite you to do something special. Grab a paper and pen, find a place that’s quiet, and take a moment to write down your holiday plans this month. Then, approach the Lord in prayer and ask Him His thoughts about your plans. Ask Him to guide you to what isn’t essential and should be removed, and what should be added. We promise He will guide you as you seek to put Him first.
As I did this exercise for myself this week, I was led to the words of Isaiah, and the rich promise in chapter 40 verse 31 filled my heart:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
To “wait upon the Lord” means to hope for, and anticipate Him. As we hope for Christ and remember Him through this holiday season, the weariness that can accompany the holidays will be replaced with peace, energy and joy. We will feel the sweet renewal that only comes as we put Christ first.
We look forward to you joining us this month, and hope that these posts and ideas will be a guiding star to keep your heart centered on the Savior. We can’t wait to share these beautiful and inspiring Traditions of Faith with you! Follow along with us here, as well as over on our Instagram feed (@thesmallseed) with the hashtag #traditionsoffaith. We also invite you to share your own Traditions of Faith with us by tagging your posts too!
Wishing you a Christ-centered Christmas!