Holidays Can Provide Refreshment
We are all thankful to be alive and have the strength to serve the Lord. Many of us, though, have stressful lives, and burdens that we carry. We may have a difficult marriage, an elderly relative to care for, or a house full of little ones that demand our constant attention. A holiday is a break from the routine! If we are careful not to run ourselves ragged in the pursuit of the Ideal Holiday Menu, each holiday can be a time of refreshment where we break away from the dreary routine and enjoy the company of family and friends. View holidays as a time to RELAX and unwind from the pressures of life.
When non-Christians repent and believe in Jesus, their sins are forgiven and times of refreshing come from their brand new Heavenly Father. When we are weary, we may need to make changes in our lives and habits so that times of refreshing may come, once again, into our lives. Sometimes, our motives at holiday celebrations may need adjustment from the Lord. We may be trying to impress rather than serve. Or, we may be trying to please others rather than living to please God. Relax the expectations you have for yourself to be the "perfect hostess" or "perfect mother."
Holidays Can Strengthen Family Relationships
Gather the family together for holiday s and do the things you never had time to do in your family's busy life. Play a game together. Hold hands and pray for one another. Write a family newsletter about the holiday to send as a greeting to friends and relatives. Tell each other what you appreciate about one another. Show affection and be silly together--laughter helps to cement relationships. Make special holiday treats and meals together. Come up with new ideas to celebrate together! Talk about your favorite holiday memories and make more.
Family unity is pleasing to God! What pleasure it gives our Heavenly Father to gaze upon our immediate and extended families, enjoying one another and showing affection to one another. It also blesses those participating in family unity in every way: spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Unity is a great thing and holidays can help to foster this unity.
Holidays Can Instill Godly Values
We celebrate Christmas because Jesus gave the gift of His Son to a world that had rejected Him. This value of GIVING can be instilled in our children when we give presents to the people we love and, especially, to the poor and needy. We instill the value of thankfulness when we share things we are thankful for before saying grace during Thanksgiving dinner. We can also have a family Praise & Prayer time where we thank God for all His wonderful blessings.
"Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them," (Deuteronomy 4:9 NIV).
Grandparents and spiritual aunts and uncles can all instill godly values in the next generation during holidays and celebrations. What a wonderful time to remember God and all of His wonderful ways! For ideas on instilling values during the holidays and finding fun ways to celebrate, see my website: Joyful and Successful Homeschooling Traditions.
Holidays are Times to Celebrate God's Goodness!
God wants us to enjoy all the good things He has created. He gives us good and perfect gifts we can rejoice about and enjoy with our families. Because of Christmas,a Savior was born. That Savior, born as a baby, is the reason we are saved from sin and experience New Life in Christ. Because of Easter's Resurrection Miracle, we are made alive in Christ and look forward to Heaven. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to give thanks to our wonderful Heavenly Father. St. Valentine's Day is a great time to celebrate God's gift of love and marriage. Or we can celebrate the pure love that the real St. Valentine had for his Precious Savior, as he was willingly martyred.
Birthdays are a great time to honor one another. We can show appreciation and pray over each other for the coming year. God has truly blessed us in so many ways. The next time a birthday rolls around, take time to celebrate His Goodness, as well as all of His amazing gifts.
For the Joy Set Before Us!
(Meredith Ludwig Curtis)