For Adults

What Do You Want For Christmas?

By: Anna Fox

How many times have you asked your teen this question? We spend the holiday season focused on buying and wrapping gifts, baking, and making family memories. These are all wonderful things, but we often miss celebrating the best gift of all, Jesus, God in the flesh.

Jesus fulfilled the prophecy that many had been looking for. Isaiah 9:6 says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”.

            Read the names of Jesus again, He is our Counsellor, Father, Prince of Peace. He is worthy of all honor and praise. The best gift of all is not that Jesus was born but that he was born of a virgin, crucified, and raised again to give us the gift of eternal life. Jesus made it possible for us to have an intimate relationship with the Father. 

            What does your family Christmas season look like? Is it focused on the gifts, family time, and entertainment or is it Christ-centered? Does your Christmas season pull your family out of church, or does it bring you closer to your church family? What we prioritize will be what the next generation prioritizes.

            Making your Christmas Christ-centered doesn’t have to be boring and just reading Scripture, it is a lifestyle. Here are some ways to intertwine Christ into your Christmas season this year:

  1. Share your faith. Teach your family what it means to be always looking around you for people of peace. This means we have to have an intimate relationship with God to know when He is speaking and asking us to share our faith. Be an example to your teen by sharing your faith.
  2. Serve others. Find ways as a family to serve in your church and community. Serving as a family builds memories for a lifetime.
  3. Show love and compassion. The holidays can be a lonely time for some, and this is a way to help show your teen to be looking for people who are hurting that need to be loved on. As you are doing your holiday baking, invite your teen to help. Brainstorm together on who you could bless with a batch of cookies or cake.
  4. Stay devoted. Your relationship with Christ needs to remain solid and growing throughout the year. We can get busy during this season and let our relationship slide. We cannot lead our teens spiritually if we are not strong spiritually. We need to stay devoted in having spiritual conversations with our teens.

Make this Christmas season matter spiritually for your family. You only have a few Christmases left to influence your teen’s life. These can be precious memories that spiritually last a lifetime if we stay devoted and focused.

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