Celebrate Special Days
So much about living a family life is about taking the time to make memories and connections for and with our kids. One such way is to celebrate special days. Each family will have their own list of special days to celebrate. In our family we celebrate birthdays and wedding anniversaries, Christmas and Easter, Learning to Read, and New Year’s Eve. There are other times that I would like to make a special celebration for but we have never been consistent, such as Australia Day and a Day of Thanksgiving (an Australian version).
Such celebrations are full of opportunity for us to build into our children. For this to happen though we need to step outside of the normal way of seeing these dates as simply a time to party and use them for a bigger purpose. Once again we need to be intentional and directive – we need to know what we want and how we are going to get there.
- Birthdays celebrate the individual child, their uniqueness, their character, and their talents.
- Wedding Anniversaries celebrate the coming together of two people and the beginning of a family.
- Christmas celebrates the gift of Jesus and all the blessings He has given us.
- Easter celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus and the life that we can have with Jesus.
- Thanksgiving (in Australia) celebrates the blessings other people bring into our lives and our need to thank them.
- Australia Day celebrates our country
- New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect back on God’s goodness and forward on his faithfulness.
- Reading Celebration celebrates a child’s diligence in achieving this skill that will serve them well for the rest of their life.
Do you have another day you celebrate – do you know why it is important to you to celebrate? Can you articulate it? Once you know what it is you are celebrating your activities can be made more purposeful and meaningful.
In the Old Testament God sets out a series of celebrations for his people but these aren’t just a time for families to come together and have a good time though that does happen. These celebrations are so that the people can remember the goodness of their God and that they can teach their children about God and His involvement in their life. I believe this reflects how we are made – We need to continually be reminded of the good things God has done. We also need structure around us to remind us as parents to teach these things to our kids. We have celebrations today that can do the same thing. Do you reflect on God’s goodness during your special days?
These days give us an opportunity to strengthen our children’s hearts – their belief about God, the world and their place in it. We can make the most of these celebrations by being prepared. Not just having the house tidy and food cooked but having our heart prepared to speak into our children’s lives each time we celebrate as a family.