Christmas can be a whirlwind of activity. There is shopping, cooking, cards to write, entertaining, parties to attend, gifts to wrap, lists to check, more gifts to buy, and on and on.
So how do we transform this to make it a reminder of the birth of Jesus Christ?
We incorporated an activity into our Christmas traditions, called ‘The Christmas Web’. The idea is that the true message of Christmas has become lost in a ‘web of commercialism’. Put all the children in one bedroom with the door closed while you take rolls of yarn (one for each child) and weave the rolls like a giant spider web all over the house into every room. It is hard to even move when it is complete. It is the children’s job to find the ‘true meaning of Christmas’ . Hidden at the end of the string is a symbolic gift hidden such as a small flashlight that symbolizes ‘turning the light on to dispel the darkness’ in our world, a new cup that symbolizes ‘being the kind of vessel God can use’, or a new manger scene.
While the children follow their own web through the house, talk about finding the true meaning of Christmas that is mysteriously hidden in all the hustle and bustle of the season.
Mark 4:11 And Jesus said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables.”
Col. 1:26-27 “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.