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Lessons from a Christmas Tree

pictureI saw a post the other day on Facebook. I don’t remember by whom, but all I saw was, “Lessons from a Christmas tree.” I chose to read no further, for the title alone sparked all sorts of ideas for blog articles. So far, I’m at 5 posts and I think I’m done writing them. But who knows? They’ll be spread throughout this month. Please chime in with your own thoughts!

Lesson 1

Spend Time with Family

I don’t know about you, but my tree is standing right in front of me. Our living room, or family room, is at the back of the house. Before kids, we always put the tree up in the front windows so that its lights could shine to the street. But that changed with my first-born.

He loved the lights.

As a baby, he’d stop crying when I walked him into the front room. He focused on the twinkles and be still. (And usually burb, lol.) From then on, our tree became part of our family room. Furniture moved. Pictures came off the wall. All to bring the Christmas tree into our presence.

And yes, the lights twinkle all day and all night. The family gathers around it. From time to time, one of them will simply stare at the ornaments and lights. I can’t blame them. I do it, too. I think it evokes warm tender thoughts because we enjoy the season as a family.

Putting up the tree, along with all of the other decorations, became a family affair way back. My son, at 10, wanted to take over my role as chief decorator. Over the years, his sisters have done much of the hanging, draping, and lighting. It’s always an event and always shared.

Bonding around the Christmas tree is valuable.

The picture you see at the top of this article (and probably all of the articles) is one that I actually painted myself. Will wonders never cease! LOL! I’m a writer. I can sketch a little, and I love to create, but I find I can rarely force my fingers to do what my head wants them to do. Or they behave with such a quiver that they might as well have disobeyed.

IMG_8972And yet, this picture turned out all right. Made even better because my dinky twinks painted beside me, along with my mom, my sis-in-law, her mom, and a few family friends.

What’s the point? It’s the first lesson of the Christmas tree. Your family is your primary field of harvest. Spend time and give your best effort in that field. Show the fruit of your life with Christ in order to inspire them to a lifelong love story with their Savior. Whether you influence children, parents, siblings, or close friends.

“Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Colossians 3:17

So is the first lesson of the Christmas tree.

Your Turn: What’s your favorite family activity during Christmas?

Next lesson will be HERE when it is posted.

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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