One of the things I love about God is that He is a God of celebration. I marvel at all the ways God prescribed creative and meaningful celebration for the Israelites during their forty year wilderness treck. (Check out Exodus after the holidays to see for yourself.) Celebration in the Bible served to remind God’s people and future generations of His faithfulness. I suppose that was the motivation behind writing “De-Schlucking” Christmas: Focus on HOPE! To “de-schluck” Christmas is really an effort to simplify and creatively bring out the true meaning of the celebration of Christ’s birth. I found that in my “de-schlucking” effort the process was very personal. Were you to come to my home you would see some rather oddball things displayed–like a palm tree and a red apple on my Christmas tree. This is where the personal part comes in, because those things serve as reminders of God’s kindness to us in the past. That is why no one should ever attempt to “de-schluck” someone else’s celebration– it’s personal!
For me, the most meaningful celebration in our family takes place after our Christmas Day dinner. The meal varies (I think we are eating Caribbean this year) but dessert is always the same: Birthday Cake for Jesus. Now I can see many of you rolling your eyes with disappointment at the suggestion of a “schlucky” birthday cake as the grand finale of your Christmas dinner. Just hear me out!
~ BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR JESUS ~
- Any size or shape cake frosted with white icing (White Icing represents the Purity of Christ)
- 20 red birthday candles (Serve to remind us of the twenty centuries that have passed since Jesus was born, the red stands for His royalty and, of course, when lit we are reminded that He is the Light of the world.)
- Washable greenery such as holly or evergreens to put around the sides of the cake (Reminds us of Life Everlasting that is promised to all who look to Him as Lord and Savior.)
- Anything else that serve as a reminder of the Christmas Story
As we light the candles we review the meanings of the white icing, the twenty red candles and the greenery. Once the candles are all lit we sing Silent Night and then Happy Birthday Jesus. I have enjoyed sharing this tradition with many groups, young and old. My favorite was after caroling in our village while living in England. The tradition in the village was to serve oxtail soup (a hearty finish after being out so long in the cold.) When we brought out the cake and made the presentation they all loved it. When I think of that night, I still have to smile . . . .
Do you have a tradition that holds special meaning for you at Christmas? Please share so it can be passed on . . .
All to His Glory!