By Rachel Temple
Christmas traditions are a fun way for families to connect. It’s the anticipation and wonder of the tradition that helps bond families together.
A few years ago, when our children were very young our family started a tradition. The kids pick a night and sleep under the Christmas tree. This all started after doing devotion about the birth of Jesus leading up to the days of Christmas. We talked about how Mary and Joseph found no room in the inn and had to sleep in a stable. We used that part of the story to teach a lesson. The lesson for our children became about how we can be comfortable in our own beds, all the while when there are many others who do not have the comforts of fluffy blankets and pillows.
Mary knew she was going to give birth to a special child. Yet she didn’t know she would be giving birth in a stable.
It says in Luke 2:7 NIV “And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Jesus did not come into this world in a big comfortable bed or a maternity room; he came and was laid in a manger.”
Just like the stable, sleeping under the Christmas tree is not the most comfortable place to rest your head for the night. This is a tradition our children have already talked about this year. They may have grown a few feet taller since starting this tradition however, I’m certain it will be a tradition passed down to the next generation.
What traditions do you have with your families? Traditions help connect us to past generations and leave a legacy for future generations to come.
Rachel Temple is a wife, mom of two, blogger, coffee-lover and speaker. She is crazy about Jesus and thankful for grace. Rachel longs to see each generation connected because each generation needs each other. On a normal day, you will see her carpooling, looking for a new crock pot recipe or at the softball field cheering on her daughter’s travel team. Rachel can be found at RachelTemple or on Twitter.