A Tradition-ful Advent:
Decorating our Homes
Candles in the Windows & Stringing Lights
A Little History:
Putting candles in our windows and decorating our homes with Christmas lights is symbolic of what we, as Christians, are called to do year-round. Jesus said we are the light of the world, a city on a hill. Just like the lights on our homes, the message we proclaim has the ability to pierce the world’s darkness through the windows of our lives and provide hope. Our homes are filled with the Holy Spirit and we are called to open them as a sanctuary for the weary to find rest as we share the gospel and encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we decorate our homes for Christmas we are publicly declaring that we are celebrating Christmas, and welcoming others to celebrate with us!
Verse(s) to Remember:
“You are the light of the world – like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14,16
Ideas to Make it Stick:
- Decorate your home with lights or candles in the windows
- Go for a drive or walk around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights
- Make homemade luminaries for your front porch (easy directions online)
- Make a “welcome Jesus” or “Vacancy” sign for your door
Please feel free to share with friends and leave comments… Do you have other connections between the tradition and the heart of the holiday? Creative ideas to make it stick? I’d love to know what you and your family do with this!