Ringing Out the Old Year

Packing away Christmasby Nancy Tichy, Author for KidZ at Heart International

Many of us have to deal with melancholy this week.  It has something to do with too many sweets and a lot of extra work. This is when we dismantle Christmas decorations and store them away. For some it’s an arduous task.   Hopefully the family goes at it as a team with only the youngest ones (preschoolers and pets) excused from assignments. Here’s a suggestion you might consider:

  • Have a family debriefing session around the kitchen or dining room table this week. Supply lots of lined and unlined paper and let each family member write down what they remember the most about this year’s observance of Jesus’ birthday and whatever else you add to the calendar to observe in December. Gather up the results, put the papers in a folder and tuck them in with the decorations to read early in December of 2015.

Younger kids can draw illustrations and get help from older ones to put titles on the pages.  Ask questions like –

What were the best moments/times?

What, if any, were disappointments?

How did we bring happiness to others outside our family?

What do we want to make sure we repeat in December, 2015?

What did I get for Christmas?  Give to others for Christmas? (Individuals answer.)  Are there still thank you               notes to write?

What else do we want to remember?

  • Make this a celebration! Our abundance reflects God’s generous gifts, not only of things but blessings in the spiritual realm.  Paul writing to the church in Corinth put it this way, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. (2 Cor. 8:9)  Our Heavenly Father listens to our expressions of thanksgiving and His Spirit will make the presence of our Savior very real and precious.

Earlier this month I suggested you check out all the verses of Christmas carols – those beyond the familiar first verse.  Here’s an example.  Share the words and sing them together:

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. (Mendelssohn)

2. Christ by highest heavens adored. Christ the everlasting Lord!

Late in time behold Him come, offspring of the Virgin’s womb.

Veiled in flesh the God-head see; Hail the incarnate deity.

Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.

3. Hail the Heaven-born Prince of Peace!  Hail the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all He brings, risen with healing in His wings.

Mild He lays His glory by; Born that man no more may die;

Born to raise the sons of earth.  Born to give them second birth.

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.”

 

May our Savior’s sweet presence bless your home throughout the coming New Year.

 

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