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Christmas Traditions Worth Starting

When I hear the word Tradition I get an uneasy, uncomfortable feeling.  Besides making me think of that horrible Barbara Streisand movie (sorry ladies, I’m not a fan), the word Tradition makes me think of boring churches, old colleges, and mistakes that I repeat constantly.  For instance, it’s a tradition that I must stub my toe on the frame of any door when walking through the house at night.  If I’m not careful, I can turn the word tradition into something bad, and yet it doesn’t have to be.

As the parents to three kids, my wife and I are the people that create memories (or traditions) for our kids at Christmas time.  We consider ourselves the chief memory-makers in our house, and part of the responsibility means that I start traditions for my family.  For example, for the past three years we have honored the Advent schedule throughout December.  We will light our candles, and more importantly take time every Sunday leading up to Christmas looking forward to the birth of Jesus; and his eventual return to earth!

We have also started a tradition of…

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Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.