“It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Advent is the season leading up to Christmas. It is a time that helps Christians prepare for the birth of Jesus.
When we look at this photo, we think of Create and Celebrate – the way Trinity kicked off the Advent season for many years (when we were the ages of the boys in this picture!). Like these boys coloring with crayons, Trinity had fun arts and crafts, as well as music, games, and meals to help spread the Christmas spirit. Our family has many traditions at Christmas too, including baking cookies, blasting the Andy Williams Christmas album, setting up our Christmas train by the tree, and seeing the decorations at the Jefferson Hotel. These traditions help us establish and build the anticipation throughout the Christmas season.
In this quote by Charles Dickens, we think he is referring to children being spoiled at Christmas. We admit that a lot of the anticipation around the season is because we get to open our gifts on Christmas morning. The quote is a little strange in calling God or Jesus the “mighty Founder” of Christmas. But it does help us think about the first Christmas. When Jesus was born, He was the gift, and everyone focused on Him. We should not lose sight of the fact that Jesus is the real gift at Christmas. His birth signifies hope for us all.
His birth signifies hope for all.
It is an important reminder that as adults we have the season of Advent to give us time to prepare for and celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Griffin and Gray Belding