So they said to [John], “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday, dear Jesus,
Happy Birthday to You!
Merry Christmas! Though we don’t know the actual date of Jesus’ birth, today is the day we set aside to celebrate. Most people celebrate by diving head first into stockings and gifts and toys. These aren’t bad things unless they keep us from acknowledging the real reason for Christmas: Jesus.
So I challenge you to do some extra Christ-focusing things before your children get lost in the wrapping paper.
- Bake a birthday cake for Jesus (Of course, this can be prepared the day before!).
- Put candles in it and sing Happy Birthday to Him. Let your youngest blow them out for Him (or even one candle per child, and let them take turns blowing them out?).
- Instead of a birthday wish, have a birthday prayer.
- Re-read Luke 2:1-20.
- Have a sing-a-long of your favorite carols that you have sung over the past 24 days.
Of course, you don’t have to do all of these things, as they are just suggestions. But I bet these precious times you spend as a family focusing on Christ will be the things your children treasure in their hearts.
Tired Mom Hack: It doesn’t have to be a traditional cake with frosting. You can bake a coffee cake and write Happy Birthday Jesus with the gel frosting tubes that are available in the baking aisle. You could even make (or buy pre-made) cinnamon rolls and write Happy Birthday Jesus in the same way. Whatever you plan on having for Christmas breakfast (except for oatmeal, sorry!), you can probably stick candles in it and sing Happy Birthday together. The main point is focusing your family on Jesus, and celebrating Him.
And have a WONDERFUL Christmas!