Monday, December 20, 2010

The Reason for the Season

I love to hear new ideas how moms keep Jesus' birth at the forefront of the christmas season.  Santa and Elf on the Shelf is fun, but it's so important to really remember that HE is the reason for the season.

This past Sunday night at our mommy group at church, our women's minister shared with us different ideas on how to keep Christ in Christmas.  There were many ideas that we all know about, or already do, but here are a few ideas that are meaningful, and easy to implement.

These are great ideas that create conversation, and help you in reiterating the Christmas story to your family and friends.

Jesus's Birthday Cake
M and I made a birthday cake last year for Jesus' birthday.  It was a simple cake.  But I hadn't seen this idea before, or knew that there was a whole other level of Jesus' birthday cake.  Here is a recipe/instructions I found on google.

  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 1 white cake mix
  • white frosting
  • yellow, red, & green liquid food coloring
  • 2 (8 or 9 inch) round cake pans
  • Large red candle taper
  • box of small birthday candles
Mix and bake chocolate cake mix according to box directions. Cool & flip out both. Wrap 1 layer and freeze for later use.

Mix white cake according to box directions. Divide batter in half. Put several drops of red food coloring in one half and mix to desired shade. Pour in one round cake pan. In the other half of batter, drop in green food color & mix. Put in other cake pan. Bake, cool, & pop out. Stack first chocolate layer, frost with white frosting, next red layer, frost, and last green layer. Frost whole cake with white frosting. Decorate.

The cake decorations have special meaning:
  • Cake is round = because Jesus was born into a world that is round.
  • 1st layer of cake = is brown for our sins.
  • 2nd layer = is red for Jesus' blood shed for our sins.
  • 3rd layer = is green for life = ours in our new heart.
  • Frosting is white = stands for Jesus' purity & righteousness.
  • Use red icing/gel for a border of hearts around cake sides = represents each one of us standing as witnesses for Jesus around the world.
  • Use yellow icing/gel for a Gold Star in middle of cake top = star of Bethlehem = led wise men to Jesus.
  • Star is 6 pointed =Star of David = Jewish nation in which Jesus is born.
  • Yellow border around Star = Grace of God encircles us.
  • Big Red candle in middle of star of David is Jesus.
  • Light candle then read Christmas story out of Bible. Light each person's small candles out of Jesus' candle & carefully stick in cake. Let our lights shine before men! Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

Jesus Tree
Have a separate tree with ornaments that represent Jesus.

JOY Stocking
My favorite idea of the night was the Joy Stocking.  Melanie, our women's minister, told us about a Joy Stocking that her mother does for each of her kids, and even her husband. 

In the stocking are ornaments/symbols of how each person has given her joy through the year.  Melanie wrote a devotional book this year, and her mother gave her a typewriter ornament, representing how Melanie's writing brought her joy.  How sweet is that??!!

It's neat to celebrate our kids and spouses, and remember those proud moments during the year.  Even though you may say it in words, but having a special ornament or symbol will bring back those feelings of joy year after year. 

I like to buy ornaments that have meaning, but have never thought to give them in a special way like a JOY stocking. 

Again, these are just a few ideas...

What do you do with your kids to keep Christ in Christmas?

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