Wednesday, December 21, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Day 9

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas!



Enjoy these Christmas "Pearls of Wisdom" from some of today's most beloved
writer's (Tricia Goyer, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson,
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each contributor shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched a life during
this most wonderful time of the year.

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Family Traditions: A Glimpse into Christmas Future
by Tricia Goyer

Have you ever thought about family traditions? As I helped my 1-year-old
place ornaments on the Christmas tree this year I imagined her doing the same
thing with her children—and maybe even grandchildren—one day. Traditions
are beliefs and customs handed down through generations. By sharing
meaningful moments with your kids you're sending yourself into the future.

How amazing is that?

Sharing family traditions cause us to slow down from the busy, adult world for
a while. We ignore the laundry to set out the nativity set with our kids. We set
aside time in our schedules to drive around and look at Christmas lights.

Holiday traditions aren't only fun, they also help strength family bonds.
Through traditions kids trust in the security of family unit. They think, “This is
our family and this is what I do.” Of course, the most important thing to share
isn't just what we do ... but why. Why do we put out a nativity? To remind us
the real meaning of the season—Jesus coming to earth. What do the Christmas
lights represent displayed on homes and on trees? They represent the Light of
the World, Jesus.

Using traditions to bond our families and share our faith isn't new. I love
these two Scriptures that talk about that very thing.

Exodus 12:25 says, “When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as
he promised, observe this ceremony.”

Psalm 78:4 says, “We will not hide them from their children; we will tell
the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the
wonders he has done.”

What are you're traditions? Here are a few of ours:
Baking a Birthday cake for Jesus
Buying a new ornament every year for each child
Acting out the Christmas story (with props!)
Praying together before opening presents

What are your traditions? Write a list and appreciate them in a new way this
year. Then ask, “If I could add one new tradition this holiday season, what
would it be?” I'd love to hear what you choose! It also makes me smile to think
of your children's grandchildren doing the same.

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Tricia Goyer is a CBA best-selling author and the winner of two Americanjavascript:void(0)
Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Awards (Night Song and
Dawn of a Thousand Nights). She co-wrote 3:16 Teen Edition with Max
Lucado and contributed to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Also a noted
marriage and parenting writer, she lives with her husband and children in
Arkansas. www.triciagoyer.com

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