Ever wonder what the very best Christmas tradition is?
We have dozens of Christmas traditions in our home. There’s the Polar Express party we host for the grandchildren. We put up a train around the Christmas Tree. Our family Christmas party would just not be the same without my mom’s Snowy White Popcorn. And, we always make Cinnamon Twists to give to neighbors and friends.
However, as life gets busier, we wondered if we shouldn’t cut back on some of those traditions. Yes, they’re all fun, but do they support what we want out of the Christmas season? So, how do you decide?
Which one is the very best Christmas tradition or traditions to keep? We wondered how we would decide. Until. . .
Last Christmas, my husband and I were at a religious visitor’s center in Los Angeles where we saw about two dozen Christmas trees all decorated with different themes.
As we were walking around admiring each tree, a woman came up to us and began making conversation. After we had exchanged names and got to know a little about each other, our new friend asked, “Have you found Christ in Christmas yet?”
Have You Found Christ in Christmas?
I looked at her very puzzled, and asked. . .with a nervous giggle,. . . “Is this a. . .trick question?”
She said that sometimes Christ gets lost among the décor and commercialism of the season. So, we often have to look very close and sometimes very hard to see Him during the busy Christmas season.
Then she asked again, “So, have you found Christ in Christmas?” At that point, I began to understand her question, but I was still confused. She pointed to several of the trees and told us to look closer.
We looked closely at each tree, searching every ornament and ribbon for signs of Christ. I started looking for mangers and the baby Jesus. A star or stable. I even looked for the risen Christ or even His mother, Mary or His father, Joseph. We looked for wise men and shepherds, sheep and donkeys. Even though we found all of those things, we still hadn’t actually found what the woman was talking about. I felt there was a deeper meaning in her question.
So, we continued to search . . . And then I saw it! All of a sudden, I knew what she meant. There, sitting inside one of the branches of the tree, was the word Christ made of clear acrylic. Because it was clear, it had taken on the green and brown of the branches and needles in the tree. It was more or less “hidden”, but if you looked hard, you could see it clearly sitting there on the branch. . .in plain sight.
Christ was so difficult to find at first, yet once you found it, it was impossible NOT to see.
We quickly got to work and excitedly started searching each tree. Now that we knew what we were looking for, we found each one. They weren’t always easy to find, but it made for a fun challenge.
As my husband and I later talked about our afternoon’s experience, we saw the wisdom in the woman’s question. We thought about our own Christmases. How often do we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season? Just like in that visitor’s center, we often see all the decorations and trees yet we don’t see Christ even though He is right there in front of us. After all, He is the reason we celebrate – “Christ”mas.
Not Just a Christmas Tradition
In the months since that experience, we have often talked about how this is not just true at Christmas, but all year round. Christ is ever present in our lives, yet how often do we not see Him? He is often “hidden” among the busyness of everyday life. However, if we look closely, we can find Him.
We decided that it would be important for us to make some changes in our home to reflect our new awareness. Now, we will keep Christ “hidden” in plain sight throughout different places in our home. It’s our year-round Christmas tradition.
The “Hidden” Christ Devotional
I was so excited about this idea that I wanted to teach this to my children and grandchildren. Our faith is a large part of the legacy that we want to pass on to our posterity. We decided that a great way to teach this concept is through a family devotional.
So, I put together a devotional for my family to bring the spirit of Christmas into our home. This concept could really be adapted to any time of the year. However, it really will be a great way to begin the new year of 2021. This year of 2020 has been a year when we all need some hope, and more than ever. . .to find and keep Christ in our lives.
So, gather your family together and talk about the significance of finding Christ in your lives. Think of ways you can feel peace in Christ and His teachings. Gather ideas from your family on how you all can “see” Him every day.
Finding Christ in Our Home
One way that I thought we could find Christ more in our home is to have some of those acrylic Christ name signs. So, I commissioned my niece make a few of these “hidden” Christ signs for me and some for each of my children’s families. They are large enough to be seen but small enough to stay just a bit hidden among the everyday décor. This year, I plan to move mine around my house and challenge my grandchildren to find Christ when they come over for Sunday dinners.
So, what is the best Christmas tradition ever? Seeking Christ everyday – the tradition that stays with us year round.
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Get Your Own “Hidden” Christ Name Sign
P.S. Would you like your own Acrylic “Hidden” Christ Name sign? They are not just for Christmas. You can use these all year round to have Christ in your home where others can seek Him.
These clear Christ name signs measure 3″ x 5″ and are made from clear acrylic. They fit beautifully among the decor in your home. You can encourage others to seek Him or simply allow them to discover Him. (See the photos below to get an idea of the size.)
If you look at the photos below, you can see how they “hide” in plain sight. Yet, beautifully, the name is revealed and easy to see when the light hits it. Not a coincidence.
I asked my niece if she would be willing to make more of these for anyone who wants them. She agreed and so we are making these available only on our website here.
So, order one for a special place in your home or as gifts to help others keep the spirit of Christmas all year round. When you order, I am going to send you our Seeking Christ Family Devotional as a free gift. Click the button below to order: