The True Meaning of Christmas – the greatest gifts a parent could give their teen.
Unfortunately for some, Christmas is no longer a celebration. People often remember loved ones they’ve lost. Parents get anxious because they can’t find the perfect gifts for their children and some are anxious because they don’t have the money to afford the perfect gift.
I was listening to Air 101.7 Christian Radio Station when one of the hosts mentioned that a survey was done about the true meaning of Christmas, and most people thought it was a time to celebrate with friends and family or a time to show kindness to people less fortunate. In the Christian world, the true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
It is such a wonderful thought, that thousands of years ago, our savior was born in a manger, the most humble of places, and millions of people still celebrate to this day.
Families can take a time out and refocus on the true meaning of Christmas, and therefore, take the pressure off of themselves. Below are a few suggestions on having a wonderful Christmas holiday.
1. Silent Night! Holy Night!
Be still and reflect on what the birth of Jesus means. He was born for a specific purpose and lived that purpose to the full. Even as you celebrate, amidst the frenzy, take time out to help your teens think about the purpose of their own lives. What were they born for? What do they hope to achieve? This is the half-way point of the year for most schools. Help them prepare and get back to school with renewed enthusiasm, knowing that they have a purpose, no matter what.
2. Joy to the World, the Lord is come!
Be joyful always! Believe me, I know it’s easier said than done. Whatever has happened in the past year, all the difficulties, the sorrow, the anger or pain, sometimes even the successes come with added stress, leave it all behind. During this season learn to let it go and be happy. Remember the savior was born. That fact calls for celebration. A lot of teens take their cue from the environment at home. If everyone is stressed out. They get stressed out too, and a stressed teen is not a good thing. Let’s at least attempt to leave all the differences aside for once, and relax and enjoy ourselves.
3. I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.
Christmas is the most difficult time to be away from family. When I first came to America, I missed Christmas at home terribly because it was a long celebration over several days for my very large family. I’ve been blessed in finding another family here in the states. Family members and friends, who come together and celebrate. There are so many lonely people who have no one to celebrate with. Christmas is really great when we do share with others. Lots of churches, offices and organizations have toy drives or collect coats or money to help out those less fortunate. If your family can afford it, it’s a good way of teaching teens how give of themselves, to make others happy. Even if some can’t make it home for Christmas we can help them have a wonderful day.
4. I have no gifts to bring ……. That are fit to give a King.
Teach teens to be grateful for the gifts they receive. I’m not going to pretend, I remember being disappointed as a child, when I didn’t receive what I wanted. Eventually, I realized my mom always gave us what she could and she did so with all her love. That was what really mattered the most and it still does. I only learned that as I grew much older. Your teens will learn that too… eventually.
But more important than any gift they unwrap, let your teens know they are special. They may feel they have no gifts to bring, because they may have made mistakes they regret. They feel like you could be unhappy with them about how their life has turned out, and perhaps you are. You must know that every teen has their own unique gift, and they just need guidance in discovering it. Just like the drummer boy, in the beloved Christmas carol, it doesn’t matter how small you perceive their giftedness, let them know they are still loved, appreciated and special.
Even as we get ready for Christmas, let’s take a little time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, and to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus. Take a little time to show love to our friends, family, those less fortunate and to yourselves. This is indeed a joyous season! Let’s decrease the stress and really celebrate.
Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and good will toward all men.