Welcome to your twenty-five day countdown and thriving guide. Make sure you click the follow via email button on the right to receive your “25 Days of Thriving through Christmas” in your inbox each day! Raising children from hard places is challenging. Surviving the holidays with a smile on your face while parenting is even more challenging, that’s why the Positive Adoption Team has put together this handy little series. Don’t stress. It’s not a huge to-do, not more than a paragraph or two each day. Easy peasy and encouraging. So, take a minute each morning, open your inbox and read. This year, let’s not just survive the Christmas season, let’s thrive!
Don’t save all the fun for Christmas day.
Make things fun along the way. Christmas can be anti climatic for children. They are taught that this big glorious day is coming when Jesus will be born in a manger. There’s a tree with presents. Dinners. Rushing around. The schedule is upset. Kids are cranky. Cramming everything into one day is just too much. Spread out the fun. Get some Christmas books. Read them for bedtime stories all month. Go ice skating. Make a snowman. Have some regular old board game fun on a weekday afternoon.
The first book of the New Testament begins with a genealogy. That’s pretty significant and may I add has been a fun holiday at our house. We have used the whiteboard to map out the family for family, friends and children who weren’t sure how we all fit together. It is kind of saying “this is where you fit in or this is where you came in” like the old movie pictures when you showed up at any time. For the Jews, it was a review, sort of like the first month of two of school after break when you have to backtrack. Jews-this is where you came from, remember. It’s a giant genealogy puzzle and here’s where Jesus comes on the scene.
And let me point out, in case you missed it, Joseph, the carpenter, husband of virgin Mary is listed as the Father of Jesus, Son of God. Joseph is the perfect picture of what adoption means to God, the Father. Not a drop of blood or string of DNA.
“Joseph serves as a model to follow as we see what’s at stake in the issue of adoption. Joseph, after all is an adoptive father. In some ways, his situation is, of course, far different from that any reader holding this book right now. In other ways, though Joseph’s mission belongs to all of us. As Joseph images the Father of the fatherless, he shows us how adoption is more than charity. It’s spiritual warfare.” -Russell Moore