Every year we have the same debate: white Christmas tree lights? Or colorful? My son likes multi-colored lights on the Christmas tree. I grew up with white lights. And, personally, I think white lights set off the ornaments better and are prettier. But one thing we agree on: you need Christmas lights on the Christmas tree!
And some of us believe we need lights on the house, around the door, on the railing and maybe on a few trees outside too. Or even decorating the grill on our cars! Why do we do this? For one thing it’s the darkest part of the year and who doesn’t love a reason to celebrate and shed some light? But for Christians, the twinkling lights can mean more. It can signify that in another dark time, ages ago amidst oppressive political rulers, a bright light came into the world. Someone who showed us there was an alternative to hate, rumors, taking sides and spreading fear.
The Bible says in John 8:12 that Jesus is the Light of the World. “In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, the darkness has not mastered it.” During the dark days of winter, or social upheaval and political uncertainty, we need light. We need hope.
Light heals in the operating room, it gives energy to living things, it drives away darkness. Even in the darkest pit, a tiny bit of light will push back the darkness. Dark cannot overcome light.
Teach your children more facts about lights, Christmas trees and how they relate to our Savior, Jesus Christ in Advent Devotions for Busy Families. Filled with ornament pages to color and free activities, it will help your family focus on the Reason for the Season.