Although gingerbread cookies are a common Christmas tradition, it isn’t one of ours.
Our family has always baked cookies at Christmas, but for some reason gingerbread men wasn’t one of them.
However, we have had a family tradition of gingerbread houses.
These were last year’s and we had a good time making them.
But this year, I have needed to let go of some family traditions.
One of them being the baking of gingerbread houses and then the activity of putting them together on Christmas Day.
Instead, Anne and I baked gingerbread men and she is currently busy making frosting so people can decorate their own.
I only frosted two dozen for putting out with the other cookies.
We will have many things which are different this year, but I’m certain it will still be a lovely holiday.
The Lord reminded me yesterday that it is best to hold tightly to Jesus, rather than traditions.
Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”— then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.
Matthew 15:1-6 NKJV
It is easy to get carried away in trying to follow things as they used to be or to uphold the expectations of others and ourselves.
But if our traditions are encroaching upon our joy at the birth of our Savior the tradition needs to change.
Because it’s our hearts that truly matter, not what foods we eat nor what gifts we give or even how fancy our decorations.
If we manage to fulfill every obligation and check off all on our lists, but fail to worship the One whose birth we are celebrating, then we’ve sadly missed the point.
Christmas is about Christ Jesus.
May we each set aside whatever is needed so we can truly worship the King of kings whose birth we remember on December 25.
I’m thankful to God that He has altered some of our traditions and I’m praying we can remain focused upon Him.
I pray the same for you and your family.
May God bless and keep you dear reader.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your birth and the opportunity we have to celebrate it. Lord Jesus, thank You for reminding me of the importance of You in the midst of all our preparations. Lord, please help us to remain focused upon You during the family, food, and fun. Lord, please bless those who are struggling, the hurting, the sick, the needy, and especially those who mourn. For although Your birth was an incredible gift and reason to rejoice not everyone was glad and that led to great loss. May we never forget those among us who are suffering. Thank You that You love each and every one of us. Thank You for Your salvation, Jesus. Happy birthday! Amen.