It's so easy to get wrapped up (no pun intended) in the crazy, hectic schedule that comes with Christmas time. We are busy going to parties, school programs, festive activities and shopping...oh the shopping...while our kids get their lists all ready and begin to throw out subtle hints about what they hope to see under the tree on Christmas morning.
The celebrating is fun....but if Santa is spoken about more than Jesus at your house, it may be time for a thoughtful change of direction. This is where the Jesus Box comes in.
The Jesus Box was my mom's idea. She implemented it one Christmas season as we were all smack dab in the middle of thinking what we wanted for ourselves for Christmas. She wrapped up a shoebox with Christmas paper, sliced a hole in the top of it, and put it on the kitchen table. Alongside she had cut up pieces of paper and pens. The idea was to write a note to Jesus everyday during the weeks leading up to Christmas. We could thank Him, praise Him, make a request or put in a Scripture verse. Then on Christmas morning we would open the box, disperse the papers among all of us, and read each one as a family together.
If you visit our home during the Christmas season, I will invite you to add to our Jesus Box. We love reading what our friends put in. No one has to sign their name, so it's a fun game to figure out who wrote what on the slips of paper.
I encourage you to make your own Jesus Box this year. I promise, it will keep your minds focused on the Reason for the season in a new and inspiring way. Be sure and let me know if you decide to do this...I want to be praying over your family as you invest time in giving Jesus thanks for coming and giving Himself to us as the greatest Gift of all!