Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

I love Christmas! I love the season! I love the weather in the NW! I love the family time! I love the beautiful decorations! I love yummy hot chocolate! AND, I love our family tradition on Christmas Eve!

On Christmas Eve, we go to Christmas Eve communion service. Then, we race home, change into comfy clothes and get back into the car to go to get a favorite coffee/hot chocolate drink. Then, we drive around and look at Christmas lights. After we are done looking at lights, we go home, eat our special dinner and watch the Nativity movie. We love it!

Then, Christmas morning, we get up; we read the Christmas Story (Luke 2) and then open our stockings. Then, my wife makes us French Toast. After breakfast, we open our presents. Then, we will head to worship service (how fitting for Christmas!).

It’s important to have family traditions (around Christmas and other times of the year). Christ centered family traditions build the following:

  1. Relationships
    1. Being together and interacting with each other is necessary in building a relationship.
  2. Trust
    1. Being together, interacting with each other, and following through on those things you commit to builds trust in your relationships.
  3. Hope
    1. Being together, interacting with each other, and following through on those things you commit to begins to build a structure on the foundation of your relationship that will last into the future.

As much as I love our family traditions, what I love the most is the reason we celebrate Christmas. The reason we celebrate Christmas is the fact that Jesus came to save us from our sins!

How about your Christmas family traditions? What does your family do?

My encouragement for us this week: Figure out what your family Christmas traditions are and continue building that strong family structure on the foundation of Christ!

Merry Christmas!

Marriage Scripture

Ephesians 5:22-33