A few years ago I started something I would have never imagined myself doing—a themed Christmas tree. Though it takes more thought and creates more work, it helps my focus remain on some aspect of the birth of the Savior and why He came from Heaven to earth. Oftentimes as I poured over Scriptures or sang Christmas carols regarding His birth, one word or phrase would jump off the page. After praying and meditating on that word, the theme would emerge.
For example one year while reading in Luke 2, I came to the words “for all the people.” Luke 2:10 says: “And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’” So my theme became: “For All People.” That year our family pooled our resources and purchased a goat for a family in Uganda through Samaritan’s Purse.
Another year while singing the song, “This Is My Father’s World,” the words “all nature sings” kept ringing in my ears resulting in a theme about how God’s creation honors Him. Then another year these words from Isaiah 1:18, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow,” spoke to heart and my theme was “Whiter than Snow.”
This year as I was reading in Matthew 2, it hit me. The wise men did not follow just any star. They followed His star. Thus my theme is “His Star.” I am continually reminded that those who are truly wise seek Jesus.
This Christmas, however you choose to decorate, whether with ornaments from your childhood or the ones your children have made through the years or something totally different, I hope you will keep your heart turned toward Jesus. After all, it is His birthday we celebrate.