Welcome to your twenty-five day countdown and thriving guide.If you have been following this series, scroll down past the snowman for today’s tip! 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!
When our newbies had their first Christmas, we introduced them to Christmas carols. They didn’t know the words or the tune, so we bought a book and sang a carol a night. Just a warning, kids who have come from hard places be afraid to participate. Meaning, they may balk, whine, slither on the floor while you sing. To them, it may mean giving up control and this scares them to death. Sing anyway. Sing with a smile on your face and joy in your heart. They need to see it. If they just lay like a heap of hay at the bottom of the manger scene, it’s okay. They’re watching. Next year, they may hum, the following year, ask to hold the caroling book. Baby steps. One day they may sing. The great thing about singing as a family, we don’t have to be good at it. We are no Von Trapp family, just a bunch of regular people with average voices singing about Christmas.
8 And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night.
9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened.
10 But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.
11 For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!(B)
13 Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven ([d]a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [[e]men of goodwill, of His favor].-Luke 2:8-14
Glory to God in the highest. Today raise your voice and join the angels saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men.”