Wise Men Make Traditions

Matthew 2:10-11
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
Have you ever used your GPS or tracking device to get to a location and it starts saying… “recalculating, recalculating, recalculating”??????  Super annoying, right? Then, you make a few u-turns and you have safely arrived at your destination. Kind of a joyous moment after all of the confusion isn’t it? That could be a smidge of how the wise men felt once they arrived at the manger… In Matthew 2:10-11, he talks about how the wise man followed and followed this bright star after listening to God’s plans for them to find and worship the King of the Jews. The Magi traveled so far and finally made it to their destination with exceeding great joy! To show how joyous they were to be in the presence of the savior, they gifted the babe with gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
These wise men didn’t complain about how far they had to go to get to Jesus. They didn’t talk about all about themselves and their journey to Mary and Joseph. They didn’t gripe about their feet hurting. They didn’t make a stink face and say, really? A manger?  No. They rejoiced in happiness for being able to follow the star to the King of Kings!
The world we live in now is so fast paced that we tend to forget about the true meaning of Christmas. Yes, we know it is the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus…but we get wrapped up in all of the other stuff that goes hand-in-hand with this time of year. It is soooo easy to do! Be mindful of that quiet night in Bethlehem so long ago and all of the grateful people that sacrificed time, money, and health to journey to see a baby lying in a manger.
Be sure to share the true meaning of Christmas with your friends and family. Make a tradition out of it! In my family, we always get together on Christmas Eve and eat, sing, do skits, eat, and eat, and eat again! haha  But when my Gramps was alive, he always had the children gather ’round his chair so he could read the Christmas story from the bible. I will forever treasure those precious memories… Maybe you don’t have a big family? That’s just fine! Here are a few ways you can incorporate the Reason for the Season with your family!
A compilation of Jesus focused elf ideas I recently posted about!
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 Jennifer from The Craft Patch has many fabulous ideas on teaching children about Christmas!

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With whimsical art and rhyming text, even the youngest child will be able to answer the question, ‘What is Christmas?’ Ages 2-5.
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25 stories and activities to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas!
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Using symbolism to teach children the true meaning of Christmas from Keeper of the Home.
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This is my VERY favorite activity from my blog friend, Courtney at Women Living Well, for when Rypken gets older!!! Have children color nativities and go look at the lights around town. When you spot a nativity, the kids (while supervised) leave a thank you note/coloring page in the owner’s mailbox! LOOOVE!
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There are soooo many other ideas of how to share the Reason for the Season with the ones around you… Pinterest and this post from theBetterMom.com are great sources to find wonderful Christmas traditions!

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