Christmas traditions and government that will not end…

Christmas is a time for celebration. For me, the focus has always been about celebrating the birth of Christ. It’s how my parents raised me. We did the same when our children were growing up.

For most of us, Christmas is also a time for traditions.

As our kids grew past the Santa Clause phase – rushing to see what was under the tree on Christmas morning – we began opening gifts on Christmas Eve. What may have started out of necessity due to traveling to join family for Christmas Day became our tradition.

Even now, though our nest is empty, we often gather with our children and grandchildren on Christmas Eve.

What are your Christmas traditions?

Since becoming grandparents, we’ve developed a tradition of going to see the Christmas lights with Grandson #1. Our tradition has three stops, with a funny twist.

  1. First stop:  Sonic drive-in – Grandson loves hot dogs and thinks it’s great fun to eat in the car with Pop and Gigi. So, first, we go to Sonic for dinner!
  2. Second stop:  Christmas lights display – So, while the lights are awesome at the local park, the main event is that Pop lets Grandson sit in his lap and drive the car.
  3. Third stop:  Sonic drive-in – Yes, we go back for dessert. And because we’re grandparents, well, why not?

Establish new traditions.

At daughter’s bidding, we started a new tradition this year. We agreed to take a portion {or all} of what we’d normally spend on gifts for each other and donate to our favorite Christian charity.

As a mom, I am beyond grateful to see the generosity in my children – and that they are willing to forgo their own gifts to make Christmas brighter for those less fortunate.

And there’s more…

We are all recipients of the greatest Christmas tradition known to humanity. It’s that seasonal focus we spoke of earlier. To celebrate the birth of the Christ-child. This year, I’ve been especially moved by the prophetic words of Isaiah 9.6-7.

For a child is born to us,
    a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
    And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace
    will never end.

It’s a government that will not end.

Maybe it’s that this was an election year, an event that’s brought such unrest and concern to our country. Probably this is the reason the word government struck a chord with me. The Bible Panorama Commentary says this about Isaiah 9.

¹GODLY GOVERNMENT – In all this rebellion and darkness, Isaiah prophesies the great light that God will bring…in the day of His people’s repentance and faith. The reason is the coming of God the Son as a Child to be born. He will have an eternal reign, fulfilling perfectly the covenant made to David’.

In Isaiah’s day, rebellion and darkness were running rampant. The current king, Ahaz, like many of his predecessors, ruled in defiance to God’s will. God’s chosen people, as Israel and Judah, had become powerful nations – but their continued rebellion against God had them cowering to {or conspiring with} other nations and kings.

The system was in shambles. {Sound familiar?}

And through Isaiah, God sent this Word of the One to come, upon whom the government would rest. I love the use of the word rest in the New Living Translation. And do not miss that the Word says, His government and its peace will never end.

It’s in His government we find our Hope.

What are your Christmas traditions. Here are a few of mine and a promise we can trust in this Christmas. His government will rule.In a season when most of us are up-in-arms over some aspect of this year’s government elections, promises, appointments, and coming changes…we can rest in the fact that this, too will rest on His shoulders.

As you uphold your Christmas traditions this coming week…celebrating the arrival of The Messiah, born of a virgin, and destined to become the Savior of the world – remember He came also to take the government upon His shoulders.

You can rest in this today, and as we head into the New Year. My prayers and best wishes for a very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones in this season!

We call Him Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, and our Sovereign Ruler over all things – including kings, presidents, politicians, and governments.

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¹The Bible Panorama. Copyright © 2005 Day One Publications. Accessed online at 12/18/2016.

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