Families that sweat together, stick together. Okay, that may not be a pleasant thought, but the point is crystal clear. Healthy family interaction enriches each family member's emotional and spiritual health. The holiday season is a time for family interaction. Board games. Backyard football. Touring the city to see Christmas lights. Delivering turkey dinners to needy families. Christmas Eve candlelight service. A fun seasonal movie night. Opening gifts together. Meals with everyone at the table. Reading the Christmas story (Luke 2) out loud on Christmas morning.
If this hasn't been the experience of your family, select one activity from the list above and do all you can to make it happen. If this is how your family interacts during the holidays, thank God for the blessing of time together. If you are living on your own and away from family right now, create holiday traditions with a group of friends—or become an "adopted" member of a family at your church or in your neighborhood. Ask God to make this a season of togetherness for you and those you love.
God, thank You for the people in my life. Be close to us this Christmas and draw us near to You and near to each other. Amen.