Merry Christmas

December 25, 2016

Christmas Day has arrived!  We want to invite you to create space and time for worship in your home to remember the real reason we celebrate. To assist you, let me offer a couple of creative ideas.

Though today Christmas has been largely secularized, centuries ago it was above all a celebration of the birth of Christ. We all know of the song The 12 Days of Christmas as a secular Christmas carol, but it began as a kids’ song-game with deep Christian meaning. As such, the twelve gifts were originally symbols that Christians would recognize and understand. These symbols reminded them that Christmas is a celebration of the most momentous gift in human history-the entry of God into the world he made, in the form of a baby.

So check out these resources to help guide your family in celebrating the gift that this season is.

1. The Meaning Behind the Gifts explains what each of the gifts in the song represents.

2. The 12 Days of Christmas Board Game is a game we created just for the Foundry family. Gather the family and make learning fun!

3. Take a few minutes to watch, read or listen to Luke 2. Discuss why Jesus’ birth is so significant.

4. Pray together. This prayer can be a guide:

“Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Your Son Jesus to earth. We not only celebrate His birth in the manger, but also the reason for His coming — His death and resurrection which offers eternal life to all who follow Him.

“Father, I thank you for my family. Life is not always easy, but we know that You are always with us. As Your Word says, You will never leave us nor forsake us. Thank you for the love that holds us together and for always meeting our needs. Draw us closer together through this coming year. We love You and thank you for the love you show us each day. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

I pray the hope, love, joy and peace of the season fills your hearts and homes this season.

Merry Christmas!

By: Ray Hughes