Our children have become acquainted with American lifestyle, especially during Christmas. Searching for Christmas trees, drinking and spitting out egg nog, watching various Christmas movies (e.g. Elf, Christmas Story), sipping on hot chocolate filled with more sugar toppings (whip cream, sprinkles) and driving around seeing houses lit up like Christmas trees.
Oh the irony of Christmas.
But, we as a family soak in the tradition of the gospel through this period of time, grasping in God's love and truth to the world by putting Jesus on display and crucifying him as our sin on the cross to be our savior. This good news stays foundational, consistent and primary during this season. Trees and Christmas things are not our idols; rather, we take the moment in time to enjoy God's creation of trees and generously share the life God has given us in Christ by the Spirit.
Sounds crazy to some, but sweet like candy to us. So, we look on to him.
“... looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”