I have been married for almost six months, so just about everything feels new again. All the everyday things are a little more fun now that I am sharing them with someone else. As a couple, we are creating new routines, habits, and figuring out ways to share responsibilities. So when it comes to holiday plans and traditions around the house, there is no such thing as saying “Let’s do what we did last year!” Since there was no last year for us as a married couple, we are starting with a fresh canvas of Christmas traditions.
This all sounds easy to me. I will pick up eggnog from the grocery store, put up a string of lights, and play a Christmas CD or two. After all, our traditions are just what we keep doing each year, right? Well, maybe it’s not going to be that simple.
Now is the best time to be intentional about the Christmas season. What we decide to be intentional about today will become what is considered traditional years from now. Christmas is about the birth of Christ. At the same time, we are busy selecting the right gifts, receiving Christmas cards, and spending time with family and friends. Of course, we want to do all of those things. Since Christmas is a busy time of year, how are we going to choose what is important?
What we decide to be intentional about today will become what is considered traditional years from now.
Fortunately, this does not mean that we need to stamp out a new set of rules to govern the Christmas season, such as “We WILL sing every Christmas carol we know for three hours on Christmas morning”, “We will attend no more than two Christmas parties a year”, or “We had better go to a midnight Christmas Eve service every year”. In some ways, no two Christmas seasons will be the same. I am sure this will be especially true when we are balancing the schedules of relatives and our own children!
Christmas is about the anticipation and arrival of our King. Even the weeks and months leading up to Christmas Day are holy. As long as we make time to enjoy the anticipation and arrival of this King, it will not matter how busy our schedules look. Even if we cancelled all our plans to ensure we have a quiet Christmas, we could just as easily forget that the promised Messiah finally arrived and initiated a new kingdom.
That is all I want for my family: To celebrate the anticipation of Jesus’ birth as much as we anticipate the fulfillment of His kingdom, and to celebrate His arrival on earth as much as we celebrate the promise of joining Him in eternity.
These are easy things to remember as I enjoy a season of newness in marriage. There will be years marked by challenges, surprises, and even loss. Now is the time to write these things in stone for my family. After all, what could be better than establishing a tradition that celebrates that all things are being made new?Media: