I am starting to get some anxiety about how close the holidays are to us. At church we are currently doing the Advent Conspiracy sermon series. It has been eye opening to me. The fastest growing religion is one we all have been caught up in…you know…”Radical Consumerism.” I continue to think about how do I teach my kids that Christmas is not about presents but rather the gift of Jesus. How do we not worship the “stuff of Christmas” rather than the “reason for Christmas?”
I am starting with Operation Christmas Child. This was borderline torture for my kids. Imagine being in the Wal-Mart toy isles picking out and looking at toys for kids who have very few or none currently. Being told not a single one is going to be bought for them, that only for kids who will only get what we are buying for them. For a 6 and 4 year old, this was hard. We had to keep reminding them that we weren’t making our Christmas list, but rather looking for someone who just like them but in a far off place.
They ended up with quite the goodies to send to a special child.
I think packing the shoebox was a lesson in efficient use of space.
And I think they finally “got it.” Got what it means to give.
And now to find the daily reminder during this busy Christmas season. Anyone have a great advent devotional for families?