Holidays

Let’s Celebrate!

Celebration. Christians should be people who celebrate. If we don’t have the best reason to celebrate, who does? We can celebrate the very Author of Life and Existence. We should be rejoicing in Him, His creation, His salvation plan, His blessings, His gifts to us … rejoicing!!

Now, granted, we don’t feel a natural inclination to celebrate everyday (and some are even less inclined than others!) But we need to reclaim the art of celebrating if we have not already done so. Take time to celebrate. Invest your energy and creativity. It is worth it.

Christians need to be well versed in two kinds of celebration: spontaneous and planned. We should be prepared to have a “hallelujah” party on the spot for a child, a brother or sister, and even ourselves! Perhaps someone has just received a great score on a test, gotten that long awaited job, successfully performed their first piano recital for the public, or made it on base every time at bat! Pull out the balloons, take a trip to Sergi’s (our family’s favorite pizza place), invite friends over and have some cake, whatever! Just lay hold of the opportunity to celebrate His goodness and to let them know how special they are to you. God lets us know how special we are to Him. We need to do the same for each other, so make their special moment big! Magnify Him in it!

Planned celebrations are just as important. Human nature is prone to forget His past faithfulness; establishing traditional celebrations provides an opportunity to reflect on His goodness.

Children love traditions. I have found over the years that if you do something two years in a row it becomes an established tradition in their young minds. After all, two years is a large percentage of their lives. Consequently I would hear the words, “But we’ve always done it this way!” even when I hadn’t thought of it as a tradition yet!

Traditions create opportunities to teach and instruct children in your testimony and faith, as well as personally stir up a fresh appreciation for what He has done.

Sometimes Christians get caught up on what to celebrate, feeling that only the truly “religious” events merit such attention. May I remind us all that He saved us to the uttermost. Our whole life is to be holy and consecrated. There is no part of what we experience from which He is separate. He created life itself, so celebrate life! He created our gifts, so celebrate our gifts! He taught us diligence, so celebrate someone’s diligence! Just celebrate His goodness in all its forms, which are plentiful in our lives.

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!

Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance.

We should be the people that know the joyful sound. We should be rejoicing! So let’s celebrate our children. Let’s celebrate each other. Let’s celebrate Him!

Magnify Him in our lives and all He’s done. He is worthy!

Discussion

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  1. AMEN! This is an exciting year for our home! Last year was the first year in 6 years we have celebrated Christmas after being told it was wrong for Christians to participate in it! Last year was very subdued but this year it’s going to be much more festive. This was SO timely for me right now as I’m beginning to make plans for this season!

    Posted by Amanda | October 10, 2008, 7:31 am
  2. Eloquently said. :) I love traditions and though are kiddos are still rather small, we’ve started quite a few traditions. Christmas seems to have the most traditions but, we have a few for the other holidays as well. I look forward to your other posts about traditions.

    Posted by Gina Murawski | October 13, 2008, 11:00 am
  3. While you wrote this a couple weeks ago, I didn’t stumble across this gem of wisdom, until today, when it couldn’t have been more perfect. All day long, while I’ve been cleaning, I kept thinking about traditions and their importance and what different families and cultures do (and why). I thought specifically of your lovely family and how excited all you ladies get about making/eating rum logs and it made me smile.

    I grew up in a family where we did not celebrate good grades, getting a license, performing in a play, etc. and our traditions were limited to the basics you learn in public school (decorating a Christmas tree, trick-or-treating and trying to get the most candy, staying up till midnight on New Year’s and Easter baskets full of candy). The only one that really sticks out, bc it’s something that was more specific to us, was: every Valentine’s day morning, we would go to the dining room table and at our seats would be a card and a box of chocolates and we would have eggs in a basket, for breakfast, and the egg would be heart-shaped with a little heart-shaped piece of toast on top. There’s something about the sweet simplicity of a heart, that I always liked. Now, I love just the thought of traditions and we love celebrating over here. Lol- our big celebrations are potty training-related but hey, that’s exciting to us! *winks*

    I would really like to instill some solid traditions, for my family. I think the kids will enjoy them both now and when they look back at things, later on. Maybe we’ll have some special crafts or certain movies. Maybe it’ll be a way we decorate or the types of gifts we receive. I’ve considered writing some fun songs, too. One of my favorite things, which I suppose is a tradition but I always thought of it as ‘something we just do’, is to make up trays/cookie tins full of cookies, brownies, etc. and randomly deliver them to friends. That’s a keeper!

    I’d love to get an idea of what you guys and some other readers do, for different holidays/events.

    Posted by Mary Austin-Howe | October 29, 2008, 8:23 pm